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December 9, 2019

Winship realigns its research programs to increase impact of its research

Winship has been granted formal approval from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to realign the four research programs funded by its NCI Cancer Center Support Grant. The benefit to patients will be significant because these research programs go to the core of how scientific discovery advances the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.
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National Academy of Inventors names Lewin as fellow
Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, executive vice president of health affairs at Emory University, has been named a 2019 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization announced Dec. 3. Lewin, a pioneer in interventional and intraoperative magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, is an inventor on more than 30 patents.
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NRG Oncology trial evaluates accelerated partial-breast irradiation
Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD and colleagues from an NRG Oncology clinical trial compared whole-breast irradiation to accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI). The study, published Dec. 5 in The Lancet, is the longest follow-up reported to date in the largest and most diverse group of patients treated with APBI.
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Transition to exhaustion: clues for cancer immunotherapy
Scientists led by Rafi Ahmed, PhD have been studying exhausted CD8 T cells to better understand how to draw the immune system into action against cancer or chronic infections. Their recent results, published Dec. 3 in Immunity, define a transitional stage in between the stem-like and truly exhausted cells, which may lead to a novel therapeutic strategy for cancer.
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Abatacept granted breakthrough therapy designation
Based on results of a multicenter study initiated at Winship, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to a rheumatoid arthritis drug for the prevention of graft-versus-host-disease. Drs. Amy Langston, Edmund K. Waller, Muna Qayed, and Ben Watkins contributed to the study presented at the ASH annual meeting.
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Castillo awarded NCI R01 grant
Richard Castillo, PhD, DABR and colleagues have been awarded a new five-year, $2.9 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support their project, "Development of a Novel Lung Function Imaging Modality for Comprehensive Management of Lung Cancer.”
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EIGC names new leaders
The Emory Integrated Genomics Core (EIGC) has announced the appointments of Lyra Griffiths, PhD as core director and Christopher Scharer, PhD as scientific director for epigenetics services. EIGC is jointly supported by Winship and the Emory School of Medicine.
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Radiology researchers highlighted at RSNA

Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD was honored with the 2019 Outstanding Researcher award at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting held Dec. 1-6 in Chicago. The meeting included research presentations and abstracts from nearly two dozen Winship radiologists.
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Hematologists featured at ASH
More than 30 Winship investigators are presenting at the 61st annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in Orlando Dec. 7-10. Pictured: Drs. Sagar Lonial, Larry Boise, and Jonathan Kaufman discuss relapsed multiple myeloma in a MedPage Today video panel.
Urologists share research at SUO
Winship urology specialists presented research and clinical updates at the Society for Urologic Oncology (SUO) annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. Dec. 4-6. Pictured: Viraj Master, MD, PhD presents on building a surgical team to manage advanced kidney cancer.

Welcome to the Fall Winship Magazine

The new issue of Winship Magazine, now in print and online, features the investigators behind Winship’s Lung Cancer SPORE grant and their drive to chart a new future for patients with advanced lung cancer. Plus, a photo essay on nurses delivering hope; research targeting metastasis through cell metabolism; and the winning spirit of the Winship 5K.
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Video: Bradley and McDonald hold Facebook Live
In a Facebook Live on Dec. 4, Drs. Jeff Bradley and Mark McDonald discussed the role of proton therapy and the impact of the Emory Proton Therapy Center, which opened one year ago.
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Help a Winship patient this holiday season
Over 30 Winship patients in active treatment still need help with their holiday gift list this year. If your team would like to sign up for the Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program, please contact Moniqua Miller by Dec. 13.
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Sign up for the holiday decorating competition
Celebrate the season by participating in Winship’s Holiday Tree and Winter Wonderland Decorating Competition! Judging begins the week of Dec. 16. For decorating guidelines and to sign up, please contact Arielle Perez.
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Volunteer for caroling on the Clifton campus
Come caroling on the Clifton campus on Dec. 18, from 10am to 1pm. Volunteer as a caroler or to help pass out holiday treats to guests. To sign up and for more information, please contact Arielle Perez.
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Dec. 9 - Radiation Oncology Visiting Speaker Seminar
Sunil “Neil” W. Dutta, MD - "Precision Breast IORT"

Dec. 9 - Radiation Oncology Visiting Speaker Seminar
Onyinye Balogun, MD - "Going Global: International Education and Research Initiatives in Radiation Oncology"

Dec. 9 - Cancer Biology Graduate Program Seminar
Austin Boese and Leon McSwain

Dec. 11 - No Grand Rounds
About Grand Rounds

Dec. 12 - Surgical Grand Rounds
"Emory Haiti Alliance Medical Relief Trip to Puerto Rico"

Dec. 13 - Elkin Lecture
Jared Rutter, PhD - "Mitochondria, Metabolism, and Cellular Division"

Winship Federal Grant Stream
Winship's Federal Grant Stream provides a daily updated list of cancer-related funding from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies.
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Non-Federal Funding Opportunities
View a selection of Winship pilot grants, institutional awards, and external funding sources and learn how to apply.
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