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The Yerkes National Primate Research Center is a leader among the nation’s animal research programs, a resource for researchers worldwide, a source of inspiration for tomorrow’s scientific leaders and an advocate for quality, compassionate care of animals in research. Our employees are committed to discovering causes, preventions, treatments and cures that will help people across generations and the world live longer, healthier lives.

Your donations are crucial to our ability to fight diseases, such as HIV//AIDS and Parkinson’s disease, and improve human and animal health now and in the years to come. 

Show your support by donating to the Yerkes National Primate Research Center today.


Step 1: Click here to access Emory's online giving form.

Step 2: Complete the form, including selecting your preferred Yerkes fund.

Step 3: Know you have our appreciation for your support!

Gift Planning

Emory's success depends on your vision and generosity. Whether you are a graduate who wants to give back for all Emory meaqns to you or a friend who believes in the life-changing research Emory conducts, the Office of Gift Planning offers creative ways to show your support. From charitable trusts and retirement plan gifts to gifts of real estate and bequests, there are many giving options that not only benefit Emory, but also enhance your personal financial security as well. Staff members in the Office of Gift Planning – highly experienced professionals who are versed in finance and tax law – are always available to help you. Contact the Officle of Gift Planning at 404-727-8875 or

Unrestricted private gifts and philanthropy are critical to our ability to attract and keep the world's greatest scientific minds, and to provide them with the resources they need to pave the way for continued and accelerated scientific discovery. Private gifts also help the Yerkes Research Center grow existing programs so we can secure additional federal grant support, which, on its own, is not enough to help us achieve our mission. For every private dollar donated to Yerkes, our researchers leverage that amount into much greater federal grant support and collaborations. Sustained generosity of our individual donors and corporate partners is key to bringing us to our next points of discovery, understanding and clinical application. Our center's fund-raising priorities are:

Pilot Research Projects: Director's Catalyst Fund

Private funding for the Director's Catalyst Fund is essential to help the Yerkes Research Center make short-term, strategic investments in our researchers so they can conduct pilot research projects. Data from pilot projects helps our researchers submit stronger research applications for federal and philanthropic funding, design larger-scale research projects and secure longer-term research funding. During the last 10 years, every $1 invested in pilot projects at Yerkes resulted in more than $20 in funding for research focused on improving human lives. 

HIV Cure Research

In 2015, Yerkes established a translational research program called ERASE AIDS (Emory Research Alliance to Stop/Eradicate AIDS). This new program builds on the existing expertise of researchers at Emory to conduct transformative studies aimed at finding a cure for HIV infection. The goal of ERASE AIDS is to develop and optimize novel therapeutic approaches to cure AIDS using the nonhuman primate model. Individual donations will keep Yerkes researchers on their path toward this important, worldwide health goal.

Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Yerkes is committed to developing novel treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. Our researchers’ efforts with noninvasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are focused on primate models of human inherited diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Yerkes researchers are also studying the neural networks that play critical roles in the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease. With additional funding, we can expand these unique translational models in order to make significant contributions to the discovery of new, effective therapies for neurodegenerative diseases.

Genomics Research

Yerkes is uniquely positioned to better understand how genetics influence susceptibility to disease and response to treatment. To do this, center researchers have begun sequencing the full genome of each rhesus monkey in the Yerkes breeding colony.  Because these animals can closely mimic human conditions, researchers plan to use the information gained to develop better treatments and even prevention strategies for human conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Private funding is certain to accelerate the pace of our genomics research and, ultimately, our discoveries.   

Endowed Chairs

Endowments provide the ability to attract well-established research teams, and they support the recruitment of junior scientists. Support for endowed chairs will allow Yerkes to recruit the best researchers in immunology, translational neuroscience, genetics and other areas.

Student Support

Stuart Zola Fellowship

In 2015, Yerkes established the Stuart Zola Graduate Fellowship in Neuroscience to honor the long-term leadership of previous director Stuart Zola, PhD, his successful career as a researcher and his unwavering commitment to supporting the training of neuroscientists. Donations to this fellowship will support the professional development of at least one neuroscience graduate student each year and will make a difference in the lives of those who will benefit from each fellow's research. 

Mike Kuhar Travel Awards

In 2020, Yerkes established the Mike Kuhar Neuroscience Travel Award to honor the long-term service of Yerkes researcher Mike Kihar, PhD, who spent more than five decades as a neuroscience and neuropharmacology researcher, and is one of the most cited scientists at Emory. The annual travel award will be given to an Emory neuroscience graduate student or postdoctoral fellow to support travel to present research findings, engage with mentors and/or pursue collaborative opportunities with research colleagues. 

Educational Outreach

Part of Yerkes’ mission is to provide educational opportunities for students and teachers. Current programs take researchers into the community and bring high school students and teachers into the center for hands-on experience and curriculum support. Funding is crucial to these outreach activities, which recipients have described as life changing.

For more information on financially supporting the Yerkes Research Center, please contact Jonathan Russell at 404-727-6416 or