Emory Report
November 10, 2008
Volume 61, Number 11



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November 10, 2008

John Altman, a researcher at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Emory Vaccine Center, is one of 104 researchers worldwide to receive a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This award is part of the first round of funding for the Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to help lower the barriers for testing innovative ideas in global health. Altman will focus on creating new ways to prevent or cure HIV infections by using a drug proven effective in rodents against a rodent-borne viral infection.

Louis Martin, professor of radiology, was honored by the St. Charles Preparatory School with the Borromean Medal for Distinguished Achievement.

The special recognition, commemor-ating the Feast of St. Charles, acknowledges the alum’s contributions to the field of medicine over the last four decades, especially to interventional radiology at Emory University.

Stephen Warren, William P. Timmie professor and chair of human genetics in the School of Medicine, was honored with the Champion for Babies Award at the March of Dimes’ Evening of Excellence Gala Oct. 25 in Atlanta.

Warren and Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle were honored for their leadership in inspiring citizens to make a difference in the lives of children through volunteer service.

Warren led the international team of scientists who in 1991 discovered the gene responsible for fragile X syndrome, the leading cause of inherited mental retardation.

Cynthia Willett, professor of sociology, was elected to a three-year term as co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy at its 2008 annual meeting.

SPEP is a professional organization dedicated to advancing philosophical work in pluralistic and continental European traditions.