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February 24, 2020

Cancer center directors visit FDA Oncology Center of Excellence

Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, and directors from three other NCI-designated cancer centers, visited the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncology Center of Excellence in Silver Spring, Maryland on Feb. 19. The group met with center leaders, whose goal is to advance the development and regulation of oncology products for patients with cancer. Pictured (from left): Drs. Leonidas Platanias (Lurie/Northwestern), Charles Fuchs (Yale), Walter J. Curran, Jr. (Winship), and Louis Weiner (Georgetown Lombardi) and Drs. Julia Beaver, Paul Kluetz, and Richard Pazdur of the FDA.
Healthgrades ranks Emory hospitals among best in nation
Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital have been named among the best hospitals in the country, according to Healthgrades, a health care consumer research company.
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Owonikoko named chair-elect of major ASCO committee
Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD, MSCR has been named chair-elect for the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2021 Annual Meeting Education Committee, which oversees programming. The meeting is attended by over 40,000 professionals.
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Improving outcomes with intensity-modulated radiotherapy
Results from an NRG Oncology clinical study, co-authored by Deborah Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN, found that lowering radiotherapy dose to hippocampal stem cells improves cognitive and patient-reported outcomes for patients with brain metastases. The results were published Feb. 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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Lung cancer specialists attend IASLC meeting
Winship specialists and alumni presented at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Targeted Therapies of Lung Cancer meeting, Feb. 19-22, in Santa Monica, California. Pictured: Drs. Taofeek Owonikoko, Jennifer Carlisle, Jeff Bradley, Rathi Pillai, Walter J. Curran, Jr. (keynote speaker), Kristin Higgins, Suresh Ramalingam (meeting co-chair), and Conor Steuer.
Mandawat recognized as groundbreaking UGA alumnus
Anant Mandawat, MD, director of cardio-oncology at Winship and a graduate of the University of Georgia, is highlighted on the cover of UGA Honors magazine and featured in a story about alumni breaking new ground in their cardiology specialties.
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Carthon discusses prostate cancer in new video
Bradley Carthon, MD, PhD is featured in a new video for the Black History Month Assist Challenge, Emory Healthcare's partnership with the Atlanta Hawks and the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation to encourage African-American men to get screened.
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Friends of Winship event focuses on head and neck cancer
Drs. Nabil Saba and Steven Roser shared advances in the research and treatment of head and neck cancers at Friends of Winship's Learn and Live luncheon, held Feb. 18 at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Pictured: Saba and Roser with Janet Turman, community engagement leader for Friends of Winship.
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Pamela's Proton Presents launches for pediatric patients
Surrounded by her treatment team, Lexi picked out a gift as part of Pamela’s Proton Presents, a new program for Winship's youngest patients who are receiving care at the Emory Proton Therapy Center. The program was started by Pamela Reid, who was treated with proton therapy at age seven and is now cancer free.
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Call for abstracts: Lung Cancer SPORE Workshop in Atlanta
Winship will host the National Lung Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) Workshop June 17-18 on the Emory campus, with investigators, patient advocates, and National Cancer Institute representatives from across the country. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are due May 8.
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Call for abstracts: Health Services Research Day
The Georgia CTSA and Emory Health Services Research Center will host the 7th Health Services Research Day on May 6 at the Emory School of Medicine. Attendees will learn about ongoing quality, effectiveness, and value-based research activities across the state of Georgia. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are due March 13.
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Feb. 24 - Cancer Biology Graduate Program Seminar
W. Robert Taylor, MD, PhD - "Conflicts of Interest"

Feb. 24 - Lung Cancer SPORE Meeting
Shi-Yong Sun, PhD - "Modulation of SREBP1/lipid metabolism in EGFR-targeted lung cancer therapy"

Feb. 25 - HERCULES Pilot Seminar Series
Daniel Dilks, PhD, Qiang Zhang, PhD, and Ya Wang, MD, PhD

Feb. 26 - Special Event
A Milestone Year for Winship Clinical Trials

Feb. 26 - Radiation Oncology Research Interest Talk
Aparna Kesarwala, MD, PhD - "The Effect of Radiation Therapy on Glycolytic Regulation

Feb. 27 - Surgical Grand Rounds
Amanda Fobare, MD - "EVAR, FEVAR, and Open Repair: What to Make of Alphabet Soup

Feb. 27 - Pathobiology Grand Rounds
Adam Marcus, PhD - "Cooperation is in our nature: Using image-guided genomics to probe collective cancer invasion"

Feb. 27 - Radiation Oncology Research Interest Talk
Alex Wilkinson, PhD - "Unlocking the role of protein histidine methylation in signaling, epigenetics, and cancer: Insights from characterizing the first mammalian histidine methyltransferase, SETD3"

Feb. 28 - Elkin Lecture
Binghui Shen, PhD - "FEN1 in Okazaki Fragment Maturation: Life, Death, or Mutations"

Winship Federal Grant Stream
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