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CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Editorial Chairman
Michael M. E. Johns

Executive Editor
Jon Saxton

Marlene Goldman

MOMENTUM is a publication for faculty and staff of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and its teaching, research, and clinical components. MOMENTUM chronicles, analyzes, and discusses the innovative programs and processes the center is undertaking to meet unprecedented changes in health care. Produced by the Health Sciences Publications Office in conjunction with the Emory University Publications Office.


Vol. VI, No. 4, Winter 2004 



No fear
Trying to understand the neurobiology of fear and other behaviors is what links 90 scientists from many disciplines at the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. One of the most rapidly growing scientific fields, behavioral neuroscience seeks to explain the biological essence of humanity.

Big Idea: Consummate chemistry
Cell biologists have made several key discoveries about baby making that may open up exciting possibilities for treating infertility as well as developing safer and more effective methods of birth control.

Moving forward
If you were vaccinated against smallpox before 1972, you may still be protected. Other news items include new insights into under-treatment for pain, advances in enhancing regrowth of peripheral nerves, and more patient satisfaction results. Also read about a new geriatrics initiative, how Emory Healthcare's website is attracting new patients, and other milestones in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Joe Craver is helping ensure that Emory continues to train future generations of this nation's best heart surgeons.

On point: The toughest decision
Should we consider moving Emory Healthcare and the medical school to a new campus -- away from Clifton Road?

Last word: Your voice counts in tort reform



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