July 18, 2016

Winship Invest$ names Spring 2016 awardees

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Ten Winship investigators have been awarded pilot grants through the Winship Invest$ program. The peer-reviewed program is designed to provide pilot funds for novel, innovative cancer research projects by Winship researchers. Winship Invest$ is supported by philanthropic contributions and developmental funds in Winship's Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA138292) supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Each of the Winship Invest$ grants awarded below fall under a specific research domain. Three of the four research domains, all but melanoma, were strategically selected by Winship Executive Leadership to align under the NCI's Cancer Moonshot initiative.

The Winship Invest$ grant recipients include:

Testing novel chimeric antigen receptors and treatment strategies for cancer
Research domain: cancer immunotherapy and combination therapy
H. Trent Spencer, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

Impact of targeting glucose metabolism on lung cancer metastases, immune surveillance and vaccine efficacy
Research domain: cancer immunotherapy and combination therapy
Mala Shanmugam, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Potential Role of FGFR3-ATCC3 Fusion Protein in HPV-positive Head and Neck Cancer
Research domain: genomic analysis of tumor
Georgia Chen, PhD
Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Nabil Saba, MD
Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

MET fusion, amplification, and/or overexpression defines diffusely invasive tumor cells in pediatric and adult glioblastoma
Research domain: genomic analysis of tumor
Renee Read, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmacology, Hematology, and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Development of a novel discovery platform for melanoma therapeutics
Research domain: melanoma
Cassandra Quave, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology
Emory University School of Medicine

A small molecule dual angiogenesis inhibitor for treating ocular melanoma
Research domain: melanoma
Erwin Van Meir, PhD
Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and Hematology & Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Transfer of Post Irradiation Anti-Tumor Abscopal Response Using Melanoma Exosomes
Research domain: melanoma
Mohammad Khan, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Hyperspectral Imaging for cancer detection and image-guided surgery
Research domain: prevention and early detection
Baowei Fei, PhD, EngD
Associate Professor, Departments of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Biomedical Engineering
Emory University School of Medicine

Targeting SHP2 phosphatase for chemoprevention of leukemic progression in Noonan syndrome
Research domain: prevention and early detection
Cheng-Kui Qu, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

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