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2018 Researcher Appreciation Day

Please join me in congratulating the School of Medicine researchers whose exemplary work is being honored as part of this year’s Research Appreciation Day, held on September 12, 2018. Each year, the SOM’s Faculty Recognitions Committee works to bring recognition to our investigators who lead the way in making scientific advances that improve patient care.

I’ve shared with many of you my belief that we are living at a unique time in biomedical history, with unparalleled opportunities to advance biomedical knowledge and translate it to the clinic.  To seize these opportunities, we must have dedicated faculty who are willing to ask bold questions, strive for breakthrough ideas, and take risks to achieve something great. I am proud to recognize this group of investigators for their commitment to asking and answering the bold questions.

Be sure to view the website showcasing our honorees. Their accomplishments are impressive: uncovering novel targets for stroke and sepsis, working to develop stem cell therapies for heart failure, investigating data-driven algorithms in disease prevention and clinical practice, and collaborating in a national consortium for medical device development. And we know that these researchers and their teams represent only a snapshot of the outstanding research happening across the SOM. 

On behalf of the School of Medicine and the patients we ultimately serve, please accept my appreciation.  

Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD, ScD
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Medicine
Dean, Emory University School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer, Emory Healthcare

Congratulations to the following nominees conducting child health research that were recognized at the 2018 Researcher Appreciation Day

  • Nathan Call
    • Research Focus: Challenging Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Dolores Hambardzumyan
    • Research Focus: Brain Tumor Biology
  • Wilbur Lam
    • Research Focus: Medical Device Development (Hematology)
  • Claudia Morris
    • Research Focus: Sickle Cell
  • Cheng-Kui Qu
    • Research Focus: Cell signaling in health and diseases
  • Iqbal Sayeed
    • ​Research Focus: His research focuses on translational neuroscience seeking safe and effective acute-stage treatments for pediatric and adult traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke and its comorbidities.

If you’d like to read more about their research please follow this link: