New awardees announced for Synergy Awards to support collaborative research in health sciences

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) has announced the 11 proposals selected for funding in the third cycle of Synergy Awards. The awards support collaborative projects among faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Winship Cancer Institute, and all other units in the WHSC.

Proposals for the Synergy Awards are required to include faculty members with primary appointments in at least two different schools/units as co-principal investigators. The awards are intended to support new, highly innovative projects that are not yet funded or published.

Synergy Awards offer up to $100,000 in support for an award term of one year, with potential carryover to a second year under special circumstances.  The Synergy Awards are funded from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs.

"The Synergy Awards have exceeded our expectations in terms of both results and enthusiasm," says David Stephens, MD, WHSC vice president for research. "During this funding cycle we received 52 proposals, and the selection process included a committee of 75 reviewers. I'm confident these new award winners will produce inspiring, high-impact results." Dr. Stephens is a faculty member in the IMP and MMG programs.

Among the 11 selected proposals and their investigators are:

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