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Ebola Updates

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Cross-Country Training

Emory Medicine is teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide training, educational resources, and consultations for 48 U.S. medical centers that have been designated Ebola treatment centers.

Emory has hosted three Ebola-preparedness training conferences, which focused on managing specialized treatment units, and doctors and nurses have been going on site visits.

"It is our mission to pass on what we have learned to other health care providers and hospital staff, so they can ready themselves to care for patients diagnosed with Ebola," says Bruce Ribner, director of Emory's Serious Communicable Disease Unit.

Emory News Center: "Emory hosts Ebola training conferences, consultation through CDC contract" (2/2/15)

Therapeutic Gold?

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Emory a grant for up to $10.8 million over three years to determine if the blood of Ebola survivors contains antibodies and immune cells that could help doctors fight Ebola infections in others.

A team of researchers will begin answering this question as it applies to four patients with Ebola who were treated at Emory University Hospital.

The 10-institution national team will be led by Rafi Ahmed, director of the Emory Vaccine Center and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, and Aneesh Mehta, assistant professor of medicine, and includes laboratories from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rockefeller University, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Vanderbilt University, Scripps Research Institute, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Emory News Center: "Mining immune systems of Ebola survivors for therapeutic gold" (2/8/15)

Other Ebola Stories in This Issue:

"Banking Plasma from Ebola Survivors"

"Into the Fire"

"Ebola Fighters: Ribner among those honored as TIME's Person of the Year"

"Ebola Survivor Nancy Writebol: Giving Back and looking forward"

”The Long, Extraordinary Recovery of Ian Crozier"

"Nurse Amber Vision Grateful"

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Ebola Stories on Emory News Center

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