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January 21, 2020

Competition fuels new ideas in cancer drug discovery

The 2nd annual Winship Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics (DDT) Program $hark Tank, held Jan. 17, highlighted innovative ideas to prioritize compounds and accelerate anticancer drug discoveries. The three proposals selected for $5,000 in seed funding were focused on EGFR resistance (Nathan Jui, PhD and Henry Zecca); immune checkpoints in pancreatic cancer (Sruthi Ravindranathan, PhD); and FAT1 mutations in head and neck cancer (Georgia Chen, PhD). Pictured: DDT Research Program Co-Leader Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD (center) with funding recipients Chen, Zecca, Ravindranathan, and Jui.
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Emory Proton Therapy Center opens last treatment room
The fifth and final treatment room at the Emory Proton Therapy Center opened for clinical use on Jan. 14. The fixed-beam room is specially designed to treat certain prostate cancer cases. The center estimates it will be able to treat an additional 20-30 patients each day depending on operational hours and overall patient volume.
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Meisel co-chairs GASCO breast cancer symposium
Jane Meisel, MD co-chaired the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) annual Best of the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on Jan. 11 in Alpharetta. Meisel, Lauren McCullough, PhD, MSPH, and fellow course faculty presented updates from the national symposium to Georgia colleagues. Pictured: Meisel with co-chair Andrew Pippas, MD.
Lung Cancer Living Room to feature Winship experts
Drs. Drew Moghanaki, Suresh Ramalingam, Charles Hill. Onkar Khullar will discuss the importance of biomarker testing at the Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Living Room on Jan. 22, 5:30-7:30pm. Attendees can join this free educational event remotely or in person at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.
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Pentz to present NCI ethics webinar
Rebecca Pentz, PhD will discuss Ethical Challenges in Rapid Tissue Autopsy Programs at a National Cancer Institute (NCI) ENRICH Forum webinar on Jan. 21 from 1-2pm. ENRICH forums are designed to stimulate dialogue on ethical and regulatory issues in cancer research and promote awareness of developing policies and best practices.
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Shared Resource spotlight: Pediatrics/Winship Flow Cytometry

Winship's 10 shared resources offer advanced technologies and services to support cancer researchers. The Pediatrics/Winship Flow Cytometry Shared Resource offers high content cell sorting, and analysis by cell size, count, morphology, cytokines, surface or internal proteins and nucleotides by flow and image cytometry.
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Seminar to highlight new genomics instrument
The Emory Integrated Genomics Core will host a seminar about the capabilities of its new BioRad QX200 Droplet Digital PCR System on Feb. 4 at 10am. The technology can be used for absolute quantification of copy number variation, genome editing events, rare mutation detection, and pathogen detection.
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Winship Open House: new pharmacy, infusion center at Emory Johns Creek
Winship will hold an open house to celebrate the opening of a new infusion center and pharmacy at Emory Johns Creek Hospital on March 5 from 4-6pm. Faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to tour the new space and enjoy refreshments.
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Call for proposals: Winship Prostate Cancer Research Pilot Grant
Thanks to gifts from the Senior Men’s Golf Association of Dunwoody Country Club and the Club’s John Kauffman Prostate Cancer Golf Event, the Winship Invest$ Prostate Cancer Research Pilot Grant program will fund innovative proposals up to $50,000 per year. Applications are due March 2.
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Call for proposals: Pediatric V Scholar Award
The Pediatric V Scholar Award is a $200,000 grant for translational research projects that move a novel strategy from the laboratory into a human clinical trial or use specimens from a clinical trial to develop biomarkers or mechanisms. Letters of intent are due Jan. 24.
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Jan. 21 - Radiation Oncology Presentation
Gaelen Hess, PhD - "Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of drug resistance and DNA repair using CRISPR-mediated genome editing"

Jan. 22- Grand Rounds
Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS - "Modern Bladder Cancer Warfare: Does the 'Leave No Bladder Behind' Ethos Still Apply?"

Jan. 22 - Radiation Oncology Chalk Talk
Gaelen Hess, PhD - "Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of drug resistance and DNA repair using CRISPR-mediated genome editing"

Jan. 23 - Surgical Grand Rounds
Margaret "Gretchen" Schwarze, MD, MPP - "What We Talk About When We Talk About Surgery…and Four Things We Would Do Better"

Jan. 23 - Cell Biology and Integrated Cellular Imaging Seminar
Eric Griffis, PhD - "Intelligent Imaging with Nikon JOBs and GA”

Jan. 23 - Radiation Oncology Visiting Speaker Seminar
Steven Seyedin, MD - "Clinical and Translational Research to Improve Outcomes in Rectal Cancer"

Jan. 23 - Pathobiology Grand Rounds
Gregory Lesinski, PhD, MPH - "Mirage or Long-Awaited Oasis: Improving T Cell Response to Pancreatic Cancer"

Jan. 23 - Radiation Oncology Research Interest Talk
Peter B. Barker, PhD - "Applications of MRS to neuro-oncology"

Jan. 24 - HERCULES Pilot Seminar Series
Eri Saikawa, PhD - "Community-Based Assessments of Soil Contamination and Childhood Exposure to Heavy Metals in Atlanta Urban Agriculture," and Stefanie Ebelt, ScD -"Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Health in the CHDWB Cohort"

Jan. 24 - Elkin Lecture
Brandon Ware - "Modulation of Tumor Associated Cytokines to Enhance Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Pancreatic Cancer" and Adeiye Pilgrim - "Defining the Role of RNA-Binding Protein Networks in Neuroblastoma Oncogenesis"

Jan. 25 - Symposium
Hematologic Malignancies Demystified - Atlanta

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