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Professor Raymond Schinazi
Professor Raymond Schinazi

Press Release - 26 January 2009

University of Bath graduate pledges $½ million to forge new links between Bath and USA

A University of Bath graduate has pledged more than half a million dollars to launch an international exchange programme that will create new links between Bath and a leading American university.

Professor Raymond Schinazi, an academic at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, will donate $550,000 to create the Schinazi International Exchange Programme (SIEP) – a fellowship scheme that will allow two University of Bath researchers to study at Emory for up to six months each year.

As part of the scheme, which will run for five years, two academics from Emory University will have the opportunity to study in Bath.

The fund is the largest single gift from an individual the University of Bath has ever received.

Professor Schinazi is the Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics and Chemistry and Director of the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology at Emory University. He is also a senior research career scientist at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He has three degrees from the University of Bath, graduating in 1972 with a BSc in Chemistry, completing his PhD in Chemistry in 1976 and receiving an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2007.

Professor Schinazi completed post-graduate training in Pharmacology at Yale University and in Virology/Immunology at Emory before joining the faculty. He is currently co-director of the Virology/Drug Discovery Core for the Emory University Centre for AIDS Research (sponsored by the National Institutes of Health) and he has been pivotal in the discovery and development of successful anti-HIV and anti-hepatitis drugs.

More than 90 per cent of people living with HIV take one of the drugs he invented. He is also an entrepreneur and has founded several start-up biotechnology companies, his work producing millions of dollars for Emory University.

Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath said: “I would like to thank Professor Schinazi for this wonderfully generous gift. As one of our alumni, he is already an outstanding international ambassador for the quality of the education we provide.

“His endowment will help us to strengthen our international links with Emory University, an institution with which we share many core values. I am confident that this relationship will stimulate many fruitful avenues of research over the coming years and I look forward to welcoming the visiting academics from Emory to our campus.”

Professor Schinazi said: “It is gratifying to be able to establish this exchange program between Emory and The University of Bath. My academic life started at Bath and that set me on a long road to success.

“This new program affords courageous scientists opportunities to advance themselves in a way that might not otherwise be readily available to them and to expand their horizons.”

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