February 24, 2003


ESAL looking for study participants
The Emory Study of Adult Learning is seeking 15,000 adult volunteers for a study of the FMR1 gene. The FMR1 gene is located on the X chromosome and in its very rare, full mutated form, it can cause Fragile X, a type of mental retardation.

Participants must provide a cheek brush sample by gently rubbing the inside of their cheek with a small, sterile brush. Participants also will have the opportunity to receive a free confidential screening for Fragile X Syndrome.

Approximately one in 350 women and one in 1000 men are at risk for having a child or relative with Fragile X Syndrome, which is inherited.

For more information, contact Darlene Sowemimo at 404-727-9394 or visit www.esal.org.

Hills named VP for WHSC development
Philippe Hills has been named senior associate vice president for development in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center by Michael Johns, executive vice president for Health Affairs, and Bill Fox, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement.

Hills, who has filled the role in an interim capacity since last summer, is responsible for all areas of development and fund raising, alumni relations and relations with individual donors, foundations and corporations.

“Phil Hills is the perfect person to take on this important position during this time of growth and opportunity,” Johns said. He is a talented development officer and leader, with proven success in philanthropy, and I look forward to working closely with him in this exciting new era.”

Hills came to Emory in 1999 as senior director of development for the School
of Medicine. Previously he worked at the University of Florida, where he filled a
leadership role in that school’s $750 million capital campaign.






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