The Atlanta-based Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has pledged $400 million to Emory University to “transform 21st century health care,” according to an Emory press release. The funds will be used find new cures for disease, develop innovative patient care models and improve lives while enhancing the health of individuals in need.
“This is an extraordinary gift at an extraordinary time in Atlanta’s history,” Emory University President Claire Sterk said. “We are grateful and honored to be the recipients of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation’s stalwart trust in our mission. The legacy of Mr. Woodruff lives on, and even today, his spirit of generosity is creating hope for those facing the most difficult days of their lives.”
According to the release, the funded research will take place through the new Winship Cancer Institute Tower in Midtown and the new Health Sciences Research Building on Emory’s Druid Hills campus.
The Winship Tower, Georgia’s first and only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, will provide urgently needed technology and facilities for cancer research and treatment. The Health Sciences Research Building, a laboratory-focused facility, will house faculty and staff developing treatment methods for cancer patients, the release said.
The research will target five areas: brain health; cancer; heart and vascular health; immunology and infectious diseases; and radiology, biomedical engineering, and imaging sciences. In a continuing partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory researchers will investigate treatments for childhood diseases.
According to the release, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has served as the university’s chief advocate and partner in transforming health care and education. The organization is an independent private foundation with a broad charter to support charitable, scientific and educational activities.
“The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has provided unparalleled philanthropic support to Emory,” Robert C. Goddard III, chair of the Emory University Board of Trustees, said. “Our Woodruff Health Sciences Center would not be what it is today without the Foundation’s vision and commitment. We are indeed grateful.”