Welcome Letter


Welcome to the new Senior Vice President for Research (SVPR) Webpage. As the position of SVPR is new to the University, I would like to introduce myself and provide a brief background on the role.  The position of the SVRP has broad responsibility and oversight for the development, implementation and review of policies related to academic research across all of Emory, including research conducted in relation to industry. The SVPR reports directly to the President and works closely with Emory leadership to identify and facilitate interdisciplinary research, including breaking down institutional and cultural barriers. The position will advance the Emory strategic plan that focuses on One Emory: Engaged for Impact through strengthening academic activities that cut across schools, colleges, centers and institutes.  A critical mission of the office is to develop best practices for education, training and guidance to promote the responsible conduct of research and to ensure compliance in all areas of research administration across Emory.

My background related to the role includes almost three decades working with the National Cancer Institute sponsored National Clinical Trials Network. I served first as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), and currently as multi-PI of the NRG Oncology group National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). NRG is a consortium of over 1900 institutions and involving over 3,000 physicians, nurses, physicists, and statisticians, in the U.S. and Canada. NCORP clinical trials focus on symptom amelioration, biological pathways of symptom development and interventions, quality of life and comparative effectiveness trials in community settings, where most cancer care is delivered. I have been continuously funded since 1998 from sponsors including the American Cancer Society, Department of Defense, Oncology Nursing Society, State of Pennsylvania, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. This has culminated in my ranking among the top 5% of all NIH funded investigators in the world since 2012, according to the Blue Ridge Institute. I am a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association of Nursing.

I am excited to serve in this role and to hear from faculty about their needs for research support.  To that end, I have embarked upon a 10 month listening tour, from March through December 2019, where I will provide updates to Emory faculty and leadership on changes and enhancements in research infrastructure and solicit feedback.  We have also developed a Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) to the Office of Research Administration to provide ongoing faculty voice and engagement in research administration.   I hope you will check this site and the Office of Research Administration site for regular updates on strategic initiatives and research support.

My email is svpr@emory.edu and you may also want to follow me on Twitter @DeborahWBruner1 and @Emory_Research.