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April 20, 2020

RVD therapy shows substantial benefit in myeloma study

A team of Winship investigators has shown outstanding long-term survival results for multiple myeloma patients from a 3-drug induction. The study, published April 16 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, describes the largest cohort of patients treated with a combination of lenalidomide, bortezomib, and dexamethasone (RVD) with the longest follow up reported to date. Pictured: first author Nisha Joseph, MD and senior author Ajay Nooka, MD, MPH.
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Emory Healthcare opens COVID-19 drive-through testing site
Emory Healthcare has opened a drive-through testing site at Executive Park for individuals suspected of having COVID-19. A screening tool, developed by Emory physicians, is available online to check symptoms before seeking the swab test offered at the appointment-only, drive-through site.
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Curran joins NCTN group chairs in Cancer Letter editorial
Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD and fellow National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) group chairs address the impact of COVID-19 on network oncology research in a guest editorial for The Cancer Letter published on April 10. Curran is group chair and principal investigator of NRG Oncology.
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Winship investigators to present at AACR virtual annual meeting
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will hold the first of its two-part virtual annual meeting April 27-28. Suresh Ramalingam, MD will chair a clinical trials plenary session on April 27 that will feature Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD as a discussant.
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Pentz comments on cancer research ethics during pandemic
Rebecca Pentz, PhD and University of Michigan collaborator Andrew Shuman, MD examine ethical considerations for cancer clinical research during the COVID-19 pandemic in an editorial published in The Oncologist on March 30.
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Bilen named to COVID-19 & Cancer Consortium
Mehmet Bilen, MD is representing Winship as a collaborator in the COVID-19 & Cancer Consortium, which is studying patients with cancer who have contracted COVID-19.
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Lonial and Langston hold Facebook Live
Drs. Sagar Lonial and Amelia Langston discussed topics related to cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic and answered viewer questions in a Facebook Live on April 16.
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Winship names ACS Institutional Research Grant award recipients

Five cancer researchers are the newest recipients of pilot funding through Winship’s American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, designed to support new projects from early-career investigators. Pictured (clockwise from top left): Drs. Andrey Ivanov, Aparna Kesarwala, Byron Au-Yeung, Kimberly Hoang, and Zhen Tian.
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Mitchell receives NSF CAREER Award
Cassie Mitchell, PhD has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. Funding from the award will support Mitchell's project, “A systems engineering approach to elucidate and treat multi-factorial pathology.”
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Dahlman receives ASGCT new investigator award
James Dahlman, PhD has received an Outstanding New Investigator Award from the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT). He is also the recipient of Georgia Tech's Outstanding Achievement in Early Career Research 2020 award.
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Zhu receives Georgia Tech faculty research author award
Cheng Zhu, PhD has received Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Faculty Research Author 2020 award. Zhu’s lab studies single molecular adhesion with force spectroscopy for cells and disease models.
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New process streamlines proton therapy scheduling
Team members from the Department of Radiation Oncology completed a Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) project to optimize scheduling for patients at the Emory Proton Therapy Center whose insurance authorization is pending.
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Murawski deployed to New York COVID-19 effort
Amanda Murawski (far right), a Winship clinical research coordinator and medic with the U.S. Army Reserve, is being deployed to New York City with her unit to help area hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Donors support meal delivery to Winship clinical teams
Thanks to donor and volunteer support of the Feed the Frontline fund, Winship distributed over 450 meals to health care teams on the Clifton campus on April 15, with similar deliveries made to other Winship locations.
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April 20 - Cancer Biology Graduate Program Event
Cancer Biology Graduate Program Virtual Town Hall Meeting

April 21 - Radiation Oncology Virtual Seminar and Chalk Talk
Mihriban Karaayvaz, PhD - "Understanding Breast Tumor Heterogeneity through Single-Cell Approaches" / "Breast Cancer Heterogeneity: From Mechanisms to Therapeutics"

April 22 - No Grand Rounds

April 23 - No Surgical Grand Rounds

April 24 - No Elkin Lecture

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
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