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NIH Awards Yerkes $600,000 Nonhuman Primate Clinical Medicine Residency Program Training Grant for Veterinarians

August 30, 2007

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Lisa Newbern, 404-727-7709,; Emily Rios, 404-727-7732,

ATLANTA –The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Yerkes National Primate Research Center approximately $600,000 for a four-year Nonhuman Primate Clinical Medicine Residency Program Training Grant for veterinarians. For each of the past seven years, the Yerkes Research Center has worked in partnership with Emory’s Division of Animal Resources (DAR) to offer two veterinarians a two-year residency training program. With the additional funding, the Yerkes Research Center and DAR will expand the program to three years. The first year will continue to focus on multi-species lab animal training. The second and third years will focus on highly specialized training opportunities in nonhuman primate veterinary medicine, resource management and research support.

Results from the two-year program show 94 percent of graduates entered the laboratory animal field, yet only 20 percent chose to work with nonhuman primates. As research using nonhuman primates continues to become more sophisticated and technology-based, the nationwide shortage of veterinarians with specialty training in nonhuman primates becomes of even greater concern. The new three-year program will allow Yerkes and DAR to more comprehensively train and better retain top tier veterinarians in the field while also helping ameliorate the current national shortage of primate veterinarians in biomedical research facilities.

The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include the Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. Emory Healthcare includes: The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.5 billion budget, 17,600 employees, 2,500 full-time and 1,500 affiliated faculty, 4,700 students and trainees, and a $5.7 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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