We nurture scientific discovery in an environment with technology and resources to enable pioneering advances.

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In conducting essential basic science and translational research, the Emory National Primate Research Center provides the leadership, training, and resources necessary to foster scientific discoveries. EPC research is grounded in scientific integrity, expert knowledge, an open exchange of ideas, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and compassionate, quality animal care. The research center, the oldest scientific institute dedicated to nonhuman primate research, paved the way for the National Institutes of Health-funded National Primate Research Center program. With our researchers’ help, these national centers search for the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures that lead to longer, healthier lives worldwide.

Emory provides a rich environment for students, particularly in research, and the opportunity to work with faculty members—to learn what it’s like to be in a lab, to actually undertake an independent project, and to do so with a wide range of faculty.

— Paul Johnson P22, Director, Emory National Primate Research Center


Campaign Priority

Developing Star Faculty

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As a generation of brilliant research leaders retires, their absence has the potential to stall progress toward new cures, treatments, and prevention strategies. This means recruiting and retaining promising, early-stage researchers is crucial for both Emory and EPC to maintain our top-notch workforce and reputation. 2O36 endowment funding will provide five years of support for junior faculty who show great promise as EPC researchers. Together, we can build the next generation of leading researchers.

Campaign Priority

Fighting Diseases in 2O36

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EPC brings together top researchers with advanced technology and equipment. Targeted investment in three research priorities—an HIV cure and vaccine, neurodegenerative diseases, and genomics—is needed to discover new treatments for destructive diseases. With scientific resources found at few other institutions, EPC teams collaborate with research colleagues across campus and around the world, making key discoveries.

Investing in disease-specific research speeds discovery and can support new, untested ideas not yet eligible for federal grants. The resulting data and proofs of concept help promising new ideas qualify more quickly for federal funding, often leading to breakthroughs. Innovation funds support transformational new technologies and targeted investments in specific high-priority research areas.


Vasiliki Michopoulos 12G

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Affiliate Scientist, Division of Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience, Emory National Primate Research Center
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Campaign Priority

Nurturing New Ideas in 2O36

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Lack of funding is the leading reason up-and-coming researchers leave their fields for other pursuits. Pilot funding allows novel ideas and approaches to be tested, a key step in solving mysteries of human disease. Seed funds from 2O36 for short-term projects, especially studies by early-stage investigators, pave the way for National Institutes of Health funding. With pilot funding, researchers generate data that demonstrate proofs of concept for their ideas, a requirement in applying for federal grants needed to continue deep-diving research.