Matrix Fundamentals

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Traits that capture key objectives of Emory Eye Center's research matrix


The Emory Eye Center research matrix is designed to focus the center’s research. Faculty pursue research explicitly to benefit patients. Everything they do—research, clinical care, teaching, collaboration, publications, conferences, outreach—should contribute to the work of helping people see.


The center’s research matrix makes its priorities transparent for all to see. Andy Garrard, center administrator, says, “Patients, providers, funding agencies, and donors are looking at health care to see if we’re using our resources wisely. The federal government demands that we demonstrate value—that we prove we’re doing the right things for the right patients at the right time. Our strategy is to be transparent, translational, global, and flexible, generating high-quality care with efficient use of resources. The research matrix helps us demonstrate our accountability for all to see.”


By bringing faculty back continually to a consistent set of questions, the research matrix underscores the need for flexibility. Danny Haddad, director of the Global Ophthalmology at Emory (see page 12), says “Every time you develop a plan like this, it focuses you in a certain direction. But movement in that direction invariably creates new changes. It’s a process of continual adaptation.”


Faculty would be unable to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people without working together to share expertise and resources. According to Beau Bruce, medical director of clincical trials, the Emory Eye Center’s setting offers uncommon opportunties: “We’re tucked right into a major research university campus and academic medical center. I can walk down the hall and talk wiht our biomedical researchers. I can walk across the street to the hospital ER. And I can interact with colleagues in public health, anthropology, law, or economics to create something that goes far beyond what an eye center alone would be capable of.”

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