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December 21, 2020

Dr. Wally Curran shares holiday message of thanks

In a video to the Winship community, Winship Executive Director Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD shares a holiday message and pays tribute to the extraordinary teams who make Winship's mission-driven work possible.
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Winship announces interim executive director
Adam Marcus, PhD has been appointed Winship's interim executive director. Marcus will assume the role from Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, while Emory University conducts a national search for Winship’s next executive director.
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Owonikoko elected to ASCO board of directors
Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD, MSCR has been elected to the board of directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Owonikoko will begin his four-year term in June 2021, joining five other newly elected ASCO leaders.
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Spirit of Winship Award recipients named

Winship has announced the recipients of the 2020 Robert L. "Bobby" Rearden Spirit of Winship Award, highlighting employees and volunteers for their exemplary service, teamwork, and commitment to caring for others. Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv is the staff winner of the annual award and Mary Booth Thomas is the volunteer recipient.
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Researchers identify new type of molecular glue
Xiulei Mo, PhD, graduate student Cong "Claire" Tang, and colleagues have identified what they call a "mutation-directed molecular glue" that corrects a defective protein-protein interaction. The compound can restore a regulatory circuit that, when defective, is responsible for acceleration of colorectal and pancreatic cancer. The results were published on Dec. 15 in Cell Chemical Biology.
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YAP1 expression in small cell lung cancer defines a distinct subtype
Winship investigators examined the clinical and biological significance of four newly described subtypes of small cell lung cancer and found differences that could inform prognoses and treatment decisions, especially with regards to the benefit of immunotherapeutic agents. Their findings were published on Nov. 25 in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
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Health economics experts participate in NCI conference
Drs. Joseph Lipscomb and David Howard participated in NCI's Future of Cancer Health Economics Research Conference, held virtually Dec. 2-3. Lipscomb and Howard served on and co-authored presentations by the Cancer Screening/Diagnosis Economics Research and Cancer Survivorship and Supportive Care Economics Research working groups, respectively.
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Nooka named to Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium steering committee
Ajay Nooka, MD, MPH has been named to the steering committee of the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium. The steering committee leads the consortium’s efforts to review, select, and prioritize the most promising new multiple myeloma treatments under investigation and supports the acceleration of these agents into the clinic.
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Call for abstracts: AACR Annual Meeting
Abstract submissions, including placeholder submissions for late-breaking clinical trials, for the virtual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting are due Jan. 11, 2021. Final data for clinical trials placeholder abstracts are due Feb. 4, 2021.
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Call for nominations: MLK, Jr. Community Service Award
The 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards recognize members of the Emory community for their outstanding and unparalleled response to the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism. Nominations are due Jan. 6, 2021.
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December 23 & 30 - No Grand Rounds (winter holiday)
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December 24 & 31- No Surgical Grand Rounds (winter holiday)
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December 23 & January 1 - No Elkin Lecture (winter holiday)
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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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