Emory Report
November 10, 2008
Volume 61, Number 11



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November 10
, 2008
Grant funds preparedness research

BY Ashante Dobbs

Emory has received a $1.5 million grant from the CDC to establish a Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC).

Ruth Berkelman, professor of epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health, is leading an interdisciplinary team of project directors and researchers who are identifying factors that affect a community’s ability to respond to a crisis. The grant also supports training of graduate students and other student investigators in this new field of research.

Emory’s PERRC will play a major role in linking academic expertise across the University with the needs of state and local agencies, says Berkelman. “The government has made major investments in public health to increase our preparedness for public health crises, and we need to know what works and what doesn’t.”
Sample the PERRC projects at www.whsc.emory.edu.