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Emory is recognized as one of the nation's leading research universities. We maintain collaborative partnerships with a host of neighboring organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recognition: 2017


National Academy of Medicine

Emory faculty members Allan Levey, MD, PhD, and Robert F. Brieman, MD, were elected to the National Academy of Medicine’s 2017 class of leading health scientists and international members, recognizing their outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

NIH Award$51 million to Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia (UGA), for the Emory-led Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA).
Research funding awards$628 million, including $584.8 million for health sciences, in FY2017

Recognition: 2016


National Academy of Medicine

Emory faculty members Deborah W. Bruner, RN, PhD, and K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, were elected to the National Academy of Medicine’s 2016 class of leading health scientists and international members, recognizing their outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

NIH Award$30 million to Emory, Johns Hopkins, and Colorado State universities, with partial funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for a multi-country, randomized, controlled field trial to assess the impact of cleaner burning cooking stoves on household air pollution and health in four low- and medium-income countries.
Research funding awards$574.6 million, including $540 million for health sciences, in FY2016

Recognition: 2015

Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Patents in 2014Emory is among top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. patents in 2014. The ranking was completed by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) in 2015.
Best Scientific Poster Presentation AwardCardiothoracic surgeon-researcher Manu Sancheti, MD, received the Best Scientific Poster Presentation Award at the American College of Surgeons for a study of cancer mortality risk factors for lung cancer patients after surgical resection.
Research funding awards $572.4 million, including $537 million for health sciences, in FY2015

Recognition: 2014

Georgia Bio Community Award Todd Sherer, associate vice president for research administration and director of Emory's Office of Technology Transfer, is recognized for significant contributions to Georgia's life sciences industry.
Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award David Perryman, COO of Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE), receives Georgia Bio's highest honor, along with David Hartnett, vice president of economic development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
National Institutes of HealthThe Department of Pediatrics at Emory's School of Medicine, in partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, achieves a top five ranking among pediatric departments in the U.S. in National Institutes of Health research funding awarded in fiscal year 2013, according to an analysis by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.
NFL Head Health Challenge IIEmory-Georgia Tech team wins competition for new innovations intended to speed diagnosis and improvement for concussions for development of iDETECT (integrated Display Enhanced TEsting for Cognitive Impairment and mTBI), a rapidly deployable, easily administered, comprehensive system designed to improve neurologic assessment following mild traumatic brain injury, such as concussion sustained in athletic events and military conflict.
Research funding awards $521.8 million, including $483 million for health sciences, in FY2014

Recognition: 2013

American Association for Cancer Research A 20-member research team from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center receives the AACR Team Science Award for advancing knowledge of the fundamental genetic changes that characterize pancreatic cancer
The Chronicle of Higher Education Emory University is ranked fifth among universities with the highest licensing revenue per dollars spent on research ($155,806 per $1 million spent), based on an analysis of Association of University Technology Managers data
National Institutes of HealthEmory University ranks 19th in NIH research grant funding
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of HealthEmory's Rollins School of Public Health and the Georgia Institute of Technology receive a $4 million grant to establish the HERCULES Center at Emory (Health and Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures), the first exposome-based center grant awarded in the U.S.
Research funding awards $507.1 million, including $474.4 million for health sciences, in FY2013
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines Emory University is ranked sixth among the top U.S. and Canadian research universities for contributions to urgent global health research and access to treatment worldwide by the University Global Health Impact Report Card


Cancer  Winship Cancer Institute is Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center
CardiologyCo-development of lifesaving procedures including angioplasty and drug-eluting stents, and newer technologies such as off-pump surgery
CentersAlzheimer's Disease Research Center, Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, The Carter Center, Center for AIDS Research, Emory Vaccine Center, Winship Cancer Institute, and Yerkes National Primate Research Center, among many others
Emory and Georgia TechExtensive collaboration between Atlanta's two Association of American Universities member schools includes the No. 2-ranked Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory/Georgia Tech Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center, Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute and Emory/Georgia Tech EPA Clean Air Research Center
HIV treatmentMore than nine in 10 HIV patients in the United States who are on lifesaving therapy take Emtriva (emtricitabine) or 3TC (lamivudine), both drugs created at Emory
HIV vaccineOne of the leading vaccine candidates against HIV was developed at the Emory Vaccine Center and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Infectious diseasesOne of eight NIH-sponsored Vaccine Evaluation and Treatment Units conducting clinical trials nationally; One of six NIH-funded Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance
Neuroscience  Development of brain mapping to guide deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson's and dystonia, and discovery of the gene responsible for fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability
PartnersAmerican Cancer Society, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Research Alliance, Task Force for Global Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among many others
Research excellenceThirteen Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholars, and about one in three of some 150 Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists, conduct their distinctive work at Emory.
Scientific research spaceTwo million square feet, the equivalent of about 46 acres or 35 football fields
Technology transfer1,400+ active technologies, 1,000+ pending patent applications, 300+ active licenses, 70+ start-ups (fiscal 2015)
Yerkes National Primate Research Center Yerkes, where students pursue internships and research opportunities, is one of only eight centers of its kind to be funded by National Institutes of Health

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