The History of the Hope Clinic

The Hope Clinic is part of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine as well as the Emory Vaccine Center.  The clinic is an international center for excellence in clinical research, infectious disease, treatment, and prevention.  The Hope Clinic’s vision is to improve the health of patients and communities through infectious diseases, vaccines, research, training, education and service.  The Hope Clinic conducts human research studies of public health importance that include research for the following: HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, seasonal and pandemic influenza, Clostridium difficile, Norovirus, Staphylococcus aureus, Zika, HPV, Ebola and others.


The Hope Clinic was founded in 2002 as the clinical arm of the Emory Vaccine Center.  At that time, the clinic was located in the heart of downtown Decatur at the corner of Church and Commerce Street.   The space was quite limited with only 4 exam rooms and a lab that was the size of a large closet. The original Executive Director of the clinic was Dr. Mark Feinberg who lead from 2002 – 2004, followed by Dr. Carlos Del Rio from 2004 to 2006.  The clinic staff consisted of an average of 10 -15 employees during this time.  Dr. Mark Mulligan became the Executive Director in 2006 and remains the director of The Hope Clinic today.  

As the Hope Clinic obtained additional research funding it started to outgrow the original space.  Sponsorship comes from the NIH, CDC, biomedical industry, Georgia Research Alliance, industry resources, and philanthropic contributions (including the AIDS Vaccine 200 annual bike ride).  The Emory-CDC HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) and the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) are two major NIH grants awarded to The Hope Clinic.  In 2013 The Hope Clinic moved to its current location at 500 Irvin Court, Suite 200 in Decatur, Georgia.  We have grown to 65 employees and now occupy a much larger space that includes 8 exam rooms, an Investigational Drug Pharmacy, a large conference room and a large space dedicated to our research and processing labs.  The clinic is continuing to grow and is currently renovating to create more office space, storage and a larger conference room.  

The Hope Clinic relies on motivated community member volunteers.  We believe that our research volunteers are heroes and their commitment is instrumental in advancing health and preventing diseases.  As a nonprofit organization The Hope Clinic relies on the private philanthropy of individuals, corporations and foundations to continue its vital work.  We hope you will consider supporting us in an area that interests you.  Please join the Hope Clinic in our quest to improve health and defeat life threatening infections, whether as a study volunteer, an advocate, or a donor.  Contact us to discover how you can get involved!

Timeline

  • The Hope Clinic was founded in 2002 as the clinical arm of the Emory Vaccine Center.
  • The Hope Clinic becomes an NIH-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) site in 2006.
  • The Hope Clinic becomes an NIH-funded Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) in 2007.
  • The Emory Vaccinology Training Program, an NIH T32 program, was established in 2009.  To date 25 postdoctoral fellows have been trained as the next generation of leaders in vaccinology.
  • The Hope Clinic moves in 2013 to a new, greatly expanded translational research facility (18,000 square feet for a clinic, laboratory, and administrative space).
  • We conduct vaccine trials and clinical studies for HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza A/H5N1 and H7N9, Ebola, Zika, diarrhea, pneumonia, bioterrorism, and fundamental human immunology.
  • The Hope Clinic currently has seven faculty and about sixty-five staff members working here.