News Release: Research , School of Public Health , Woodruff Health Sciences

Aug. 31,  2011

Global Health R&D is Central to Economy, Health in State

News Article ImageCarlos del Rio, Hubert Professor and Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health, and co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research

ATLANTA—In a meeting today with Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ chief of staff, scientists and business leaders emphasized the importance of federal funding for health research and development.

Chambliss’ chief of staff Charlie Harman met with leaders from the public, private, academic and philanthropic sectors to discuss opportunities for expanding Georgia’s burgeoning global health research sector. He also toured the GeoVax laboratory, where a leading HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate is being developed. The vaccine includes technology first developed at Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Emory Vaccine Center.

Organized by Research!America and hosted by GeoVax and Georgia Bio, the meeting was attended by leaders from the CDC Foundation, Georgia Research Alliance, Global Healthcare Alliance, The Task Force for Global Health and Emory University. Carlos del Rio, MD, Hubert Professor and Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health, and co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research, spoke to the group about HIV/AIDS research at Emory. In addition to developing HIV vaccine candidates, Emory scientists developed HIV drugs prescribed most frequently to patients with HIV around the world.

Health breakthroughs in HIV vaccine research have been made possible partly through significant grants and contracts awarded by federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read more @ http://bit.ly/GAResearchFunding

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