Donors Provide Millions for New Health Sciences Research Building
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation
Raymond F. Schinazi
O. Wayne Rollins Foundation
Georgia Research Alliance
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,
Board of Trustees
Two anonymous foundations
Combined gifts totaling more than $89.2 million are helping build a leading-edge 200,000-square-foot health sciences research building at Emory. Groundbreaking for the facility—the result of the unique partnership between Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—took place in June.
The project is marked by collaboration, as several generous contributors to Children’s and Emory have committed funds to the building. More than half of the new facility on Haygood Drive will be dedicated to pediatric research. The remaining square footage will be used for research in scientific areas such as cancers that affect children and adults.
Leaders in pediatric research and patient care from Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and School of Medicine will carry out their work in collaboration with the Children’s physicians who care for children and their families. Among those leaders will be Raymond F. Schinazi, the Frances Winship Walters Chair in Pediatrics, who is a renowned pediatrics professor at Emory and a pioneer in drug discovery; Paul W. Spearman, the Nahmias-Schinazi Research Professor and a leader in infectious diseases who holds a joint appointment as chief research officer for Children’s and vice chair of research in the Department of Pediatrics; and neonatologist Barbara J. Stoll, the George W. Brumley Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine.
“These doctors embody the kind of institutional relationships the shared space will engender, as do our programmatic partnerships with entities around Atlanta and beyond. This new space will facilitate more of that teamwork,” says David Stephens, vice president for health sciences research and the Stephen W. Schwarzmann Distinguished Professor of Medicine.
Sophisticated shared medical technology will aid investigators in their discoveries, as will an open floor plan that fosters collaboration among scientists, many of whom are physicians.
“The Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Children’s possess the physician scientist talent and expertise to build a robust, translational pediatric research program. Further combining our strengths will yield tremendous discoveries that will benefit the nearly 300,000 children treated by Children’s annually and will raise the bar for pediatric health care,” says Wright Caughman, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
Although the physician scientists often bring with them significant support for their research from government awards, the construction of this building is made possible largely through philanthropic gifts, and fund-raising for the project continues.