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February 26, 2018

Winship Researchers Selected for NASA Funding

NASA's Human Research Program has announced that it will fund nine new proposals, two of which are from Winship members William Dynan, PhD and Ya Wang, MD, PhD in the Department of Radiation Oncology. The selected proposals will support astronaut health during long-duration missions and could lead to improved understanding and treatment of illnesses in patients on Earth.
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McCullough Awarded V Scholar Grant
Lauren McCullough, PhD has received a two-year, $200,000 V Scholar Grant from The V Foundation. McCullough will use the funds to study obesity and the breast cancer environment, including how crown-like structures of the breast may account for differences in treatment response and outcomes among African-American women.
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Winship Names New Pathology Core Director
Gabriel Sica, MD, PhD has been formally appointed as the director of the Winship Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource. The shared resource reflects the merging of two existing facilities under Sica's leadership. Prior to this appointment, Sica served as co-director of the shared resource.
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Lung Cancer Specialists Gather for IASLC Meeting
Winship specialists participated in the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) meeting on targeted therapies Feb. 21-24 in Santa Monica, Calif. Pictured: Drs. Conor Steuer, Walter J. Curran, Jr., Rathi Pillai, Kristin Higgins, Taofeek Owonikoko, and Suresh Ramalingam, who delivered a keynote talk about EGFR-mutated lung cancer.
Winship Holds Puri Lecture
The 3rd Annual Surinder K. Puri Memorial Lecture was held Feb. 23 in Winship's Kauffman Auditorium. The annual lectureship focuses on B-cell malignancies and was established by Puri's wife to help accelerate advances in this area. Pictured: guest speaker Brad Kahl, MD (center) with Puri family members Arvind Mahajan, PhD, Mridula Puri, MD, Saurabh Puri, and Shaifali Puri.

Window Into Winship

This week we are taking readers behind the scenes at the Emory Proton Therapy Center. Winship radiation oncologist Mark McDonald, MD, medical director of the center, shows us some of the equipment that is used to deliver proton therapy including the state-of-the-art superconducting cyclotron.
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Best Hospitals Survey Now Open
The US News and World Report Best Hospitals Survey is open for all eligible Doximity physician members. Eligible Doximity members can complete the survey by logging in to or the Doximity mobile app. The survey closes Mar. 22.
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Winship Receives New Linear Accelerator
A TrueBeam® linear accelerator was recently delivered to Winship's Clifton campus. This equipment, which will be available to Winship patients by early April, provides high-precision radiotherapy that treats various cancers including those in the breast, lung, prostate and head and neck.

Meet some of the newest faces at Winship.
Craig C. Hofmeister, MD, MPH, Hematologist
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Sara Herrin, MSN, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner
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Feb. 26 - Cancer Biology Graduate Program Seminar
Student Rotation Talks

Feb. 28 - Grand Rounds
Leon Bernal-Mizrachi, MD - "NF-kB in B cell malignancies- From Bench to Bedside"

Feb. 28 - Aflac Research Conference
Kristina Hardy, PhD - "Neurocognitive late effects in the 21st century: A prevention-based model of assessing and treating survivors of pediatric cancer"

Feb. 28 - Radiation Oncology Research Interest Talk
David Yu, MD, PhD - "Mechanisms of SIRT2 in the DNA Damage Response"

Mar. 1 - Surgical Grand Rounds
Thomas F. Dodson, MD - "The Outnumbered Male"

Mar. 1 - Cancer Cell Biology (CCB) Program Meeting
Michael K. Cooper, MD - "Cellular Heterogeneity in IDH-Mutant Gliomas"

Mar. 2 - No Elkin Lecture
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New Federal Funding Opportunities


NIH: Research on the Health of Women of Understudied, Underrepresented and Underreported (U3) Populations an ORWH FY18 Administrative Supplement (Due: Apr. 16, 2018)

NSF: Smart and Connected Health (Due: May 22, 2018)

NIH/NCI R01: U.S. Tobacco Control Policies to Reduce Health Disparities (Due: Jun. 13, 2018)

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