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Advancing Science: Donors Help Save Lives

The AIDS virus is a clever one, and a cure has eluded scientists for 30 years. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Emory’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center is committed to developing a vaccine that works. Combined with private gifts from many other supporters who are passionate about improving health and ending disease, the $6 million Gates grant brings the total Yerkes has raised through Campaign Emory to more than $24 million. Fund-raising for the center’s life-saving work continues.

“We rely on private donations to not only supplement the funding we receive from the National Institutes of Health, but also to accelerate our pace of discovery,” says Yerkes Director Stuart Zola. “The earlier the intervention, the better, and private donations are critical for helping us make this possible.

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Director’s 2013 Priorities

Yerkes is among the nation’s top primate research centers, a leader in innovation and an advocate for quality care of animals in research environments. Philanthropy is crucial to Yerkes’ ability to open new avenues of research, to educate and train talented scientists, and to engage the public more fully in its work and scientific advancements.

Director Stuart Zola outlines some of Yerkes’ 2013 fund-raising priorities below.

Endowed chairs. Endowments provide the ability to attract well-established research teams, and they support the recruitment of junior positions for tomorrow’s leading scientists. Yerkes seeks endowed chairs in Alzheimer’s disease, genetics, immunology, translational neuroscience, and other areas.

Renovation. Yerkes’ greatest unfunded needs are infrastructure and renovation of facilities at is main center and field station.

Animal colony enhancement. Yerkes’ research is linked with state-of-the-art housing and support for the animals. Funding key improvements is vital to the success of research and discovery.

Service cores. Yerkes is home to several service cores, including a state-of-the-art imaging core. Support of these cores helps make Yerkes an internationally recognized leader in biomedical and behavioral studies with nonhuman primates.

Educational outreach. Part of Yerkes’ research mission is to provide educational opportunities for students. Current programs take researchers into the community and bring high school students and teachers into the center for hands-on experience and curriculum support. Funding is crucial to these outreach activities.

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