Emory University in Atlanta has announced a $400 million pledge from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in support of efforts to find new cures for disease, develop innovative patient care models, and improve lives while enhancing the health of individuals in need.
The largest gift ever received by Emory will support capital projects and initiatives, including construction of a new Winship Cancer Institute tower in Midtown and a new health sciences research building on the university's Druid Hills campus. The tower in Midtown will provide urgently needed infusion facilities, operating rooms, clinical examination rooms, spaces for rehabilitation, imaging technology, and clinical research capacity, while the health sciences facility will house faculty and staff tasked with developing a pipeline of cures, interventions, and prevention methods aimed at improving the health of patients.
In partnership with Emory colleagues, research teams working in the health sciences facility will target five emerging priorities in twenty-first century medicine: brain health; cancer; heart and vascular health; immunology and infectious diseases; and radiology, biomedical engineering, and imaging sciences. And in a continuing partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory researchers also will investigate childhood diseases, with a focus on discoveries that advance treatments and cures for the youngest patients.
"This gift will allow us to accelerate the scientific discoveries needed for breakthroughs in patient care and to extend our reach in reducing the burden of disease for patients and their families," said Jonathan S. Lewin, Emory's executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of Emory Healthcare.
"The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has provided unparalleled philanthropic support to Emory," said Robert C. Goddard III, chair of the university's board of trustees. "Our Woodruff Health Sciences Center would not be what it is today without the foundation's vision and commitment. We are indeed grateful."