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Yerkes Names Villinger Associate Director of Pathology

February 12, 2008

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

ATLANTA— François Villinger, DVM, PhD, associate professor of pathology, Emory University School of Medicine, has joined the Yerkes National Primate Research Center as associate director for the Division of Pathology.

The Yerkes Division of Pathology is responsible for multidisciplinary support of clinical and diagnostic laboratory analysis, gross pathology, histopathology, and biopsy analysis. Efforts are also underway to provide a platform for sharing data and resources between all primate centers and investigators.

In addition, Dr. Villinger will continue his own research effort aimed at boosting antiviral responses in SIV infected animals, as well as to continue to direct an NIH/NCRR funded Resource for Nonhuman Primate Immune Reagents. This resource provides nonhuman primate specific reagents to the nonhuman primate research community for immunotherapy.

“Dr. Villinger’s work will greatly contribute to the cutting-edge research at Yerkes and Emory,” said Stuart Zola, PhD, director of Yerkes Research Center.

For more than seven decades, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, has been dedicated to advancing science and to improving human health and well-being. Today, the center, as one of only eight National Institutes of Health–funded national primate research centers, provides specialized scientific resources, expertise and training opportunities. Recognized as a multidisciplinary research institute, the Yerkes Research Center is making landmark discoveries in the fields of microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, psychobiology and sensory-motor systems. Research programs are seeking ways to: develop vaccines for infectious and noninfectious diseases, such as AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease; treat cocaine addiction; interpret brain activity through imaging; increase understanding of progressive illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; unlock the secrets of memory; determine behavioral effects of hormone replacement therapy; address vision disorders; and advance knowledge about the evolutionary links between biology and behavior.

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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