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Yerkes Researcher Featured on "Your Fantastic Mind"

September 9, 2020

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Rama Amara, PhD, a researcher in the Yerkes Microbiology and Immunology Division and a professor in the Emory School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology, will discuss his COVID-19 vaccine research in the opening episode of “Your Fantastic Mind,” Season 2, which will air Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 pm on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). The first episode is focused on COVID-19 -- potential short- and long-term neurological effects of the virus, the profound mental health impacts on society and families, and the hope a vaccine provides. Dr. Amara and his research team are taking what they know from HIV-related vaccine efforts and translating it into a potential vaccine for COVID-19.   

“Your Fantastic Mind” is an Emmy-nominated television series that stems from a partnership between the Emory Brain Health Center and GPB. The series features stories on brain-related health and wellness, including pioneering science and clinical advances in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, sleep medicine and rehabilitation medicine. 

Dedicated to discovering causes, preventions, treatments and cures of disease, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC), part of Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. The center, one of only seven NPRCs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds, is supported by more than $74 million in research funding (all sources, fiscal year 2018). Yerkes researchers are making landmark discoveries in microbiology and immunology; neurologic diseases; neuropharmacology; behavioral, cognitive, and developmental neuroscience; and psychiatric disorders. Since 1984, the center has been fully accredited by the AAALAC International, regarded as the gold seal of approval for laboratory animal care. For more information about Yerkes and the seven NPRCs, visit and follow us at @NPRCnews.

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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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