partnership fuels an engine of innovation
Success propels research momentum
As the partnership has grown stronger, so have both institutions’ ability to attract top faculty and research talents. With external support by the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), the schools also have recruited GRA Eminent Scholars and leveraged GRA support to attract joint federal funding in infectious diseases, vaccines, nanotechnology, cancer, cardiology, and pediatrics.
With success has come momentum. Today, the biomedical program is among more than a dozen joint centers and initiatives that engage both universities with research ranging from translational science, immune-engineering, and nanobiology to predictive health, regenerative engineering, and malaria studies.
It’s a relationship that has created opportunities for unusual collaborations that address challenges that lie at the intersection of engineering and medicine.
Here is a sample of the projects researchers at Emory and Georgia Tech have collaborated on in the last year:
'Cluster-bombing' cancer cells
Researchers have devised a triple-stage 'cluster-bombing' system for delivering the chemotherapy drug cisplatin via tiny nanoparticles designed to break up when they reach a tumor.Learn more
Studies show the abnormal foldings of proteins related to neurogenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease may help explain how life may emerge from a chemical system.Learn more
Lifestyle intervention in cardio care
Research shows that a personalized, goal-directed lifestyle intervention delivered by a health partner significantly improved the cardiovascular health of participants during a two-year period.Learn more
First rolling, DNA-based motor
Graduate students created the first rolling, DNA motor — the biological equivalent of inventing the wheel for the field of DNA machines — which earned entry into the 2016 Collegiate Inventors Competition in Washington, D.C.Learn more
Building biotech drugs through evolution
A joint research team has demonstrated how ancestral sequence reconstruction can guide engineering of the blood-clotting protein known as factor VIII, which is deficient in the inherited disorder hemophilia A — science that can be applied to gene therapy, thereby tapping evolution to improve biotech drugs.Learn more
New data-collection technologies
Emory psychologist Kim Wallen will lead a team that has received a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop new technology to enhance behavioral observation and data-collection technologies for rhesus monkeys — information that could be shared in labs worldwide.Learn more
Support for joint collections
In 2016, both universities took their longstanding partnership a step further with the opening of a new state-of-the-art Library Service Center (LSC), which will house a shared collection amassing millions of books and other materials.
Located on 4.6 acres stretching across the back of Emory’s Briarcliff Property, the climate-controlled 55,000-square-foot facility was jointly developed to create a seamless, unified collection of materials available to faculty, staff, and students from both campuses.
The LSC eventually will hold about 95 percent of Georgia Tech’s collections and much more of Emory’s collections, with items available for delivery to the main campuses of both universities. The project brings key content from two major research universities under one roof, expanding access to a broad range of resources and freeing up campus spaces; with complementary strengths, only about 17 percent of the collections overlap.