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Gifts of note

A significant gift from the Montgomery Foundation II will support new outpatient programs at the Emory Palliative Care Center and create the George and Nancy Montgomery Endowed Lecture in Palliative Care. The new outpatient services will launch in spring 2015, and the lecture will feature a nationally respected speaker in this field. Emory is a leader in palliative care, which can reduce patients’ anxiety, better control their symptoms, make care plans more realistic and consistent with patients’ preferences, and lower conflicts about use of life-sustaining treatments.

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The new director of Yerkes National Primate Research Center, R. Paul Johnson, has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study gene expression in T-cells infected with SIV, the cousin of HIV. His goal is to uncover information that helps experts design new treatment strategies. The funding is part of the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations program, which supports innovative, early-stage research projects in more than 60 countries.

Funding from the Fuqua Family Foundation and Mary and John Brock supports the Emory Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP). Its staff of more than 15 faculty members and trainees conduct a thriving research program and clinical practice now based at the Emory Brain Health Center at Executive Park. Philanthropy has helped CAMP advance the understanding of mood disorders, provide prevention and treatment interventions, and expand a model program that offers relief for young people struggling with psychiatric, psychological, and developmental disorders, including children from families who could not otherwise afford adequate care. CAMP’s goal is to determine which patients will respond best to particular treatments by identifying neurobiological, genetic, familial, and personality factors that predict outcomes.


A team of physicians and engineers from Emory University and Georgia Tech is receiving $500,000 from the National Football League, GE, and Under Armour for winning the Head Health Challenge, a competition for new ideas to diagnose and treat concussions. The team will use the funding to advance their work with iDETECT, a quick, easily administered system to improve assessment after brain injuries sustained during athletic events or military conflict. The Emory/Georgia Tech team was among seven winners chosen from more than 500 submissions worldwide.

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