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Manuel Yepes, MD

Rollins Chair in Stroke and Imaging Research



Manuel Yepes, MD, is the inaugural Rollins Chair in Stroke and Imaging Research at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

Yepes, a physician scientist and board-certified vascular neurologist, has made numerous contributions to understanding how the brain responds to stroke and other injuries, and has a long history of research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations. He has published more than 90 scientific articles, book chapters and textbooks, and is the recipient of two patents. Yepes is a tenured professor of neurology at Emory University and director of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center Stroke Team.

As the first Rollins Chair in Stroke and Imaging Research, he will use the scientific expertise, state-of-the-art imaging facilities and animal colony at Yerkes to translate research findings from rodent models to nonhuman primates, a key transition that is likely to lead to the development of novel stroke treatments in humans.

Yepes is recognized internationally for research on the molecular mechanisms involved in stroke and the effects of cerebral ischemia on the blood brain barrier. He has been instrumental in helping Emory develop a basic research program in cerebrovascular disease.

He received his medical degree from Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, and trained at the University of Cincinnati General Hospital as well as Georgetown University.

“As the Rollins Chair in Stroke and Imaging Research, my goal is to create a discovery-oriented research program to develop effective therapeutic tools to protect the brain and promote neurological recovery in people who have had an ischemic stroke,” says Yepes. “I look forward to working with my colleagues at Yerkes to develop a research program that brings discoveries made at the bench to the bedside of those who have had a stroke,” he continues.