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July 13, 2020

Repurposing a cancer drug to reduce COVID-19 inflammation

Winship and Emory investigators are testing whether an anticancer drug can reduce lung inflammation in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, possibly preventing the need for intubation and lowering mortality. Principal investigator Edmund K. Waller, MD, PhD is leading the Phase II trial of the drug called duvelisib.
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Winship faculty to present at NRG Oncology virtual meeting
Winship faculty will lead major sessions in a virtual format during the Semi-Annual Meeting of NRG Oncology on July 16-18. Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Winship executive director and NRG Oncology group chairman, will kick off the Friday, July 17th session by introducing NCI Director Norman "Ned" Sharpless, MD, who will deliver the keynote address.
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Video: Higgins discusses LU005 lung cancer clinical trial
Kristin Higgins, MD is principal investigator of LU005, an NRG Oncology/Alliance clinical trial that evaluates chemoradiation with or without atezolizumab for patients with limited small cell lung cancer. Higgins, who will present updates on the trial during this week's NRG Oncology Semi-Annual Meeting, describes how it is helping treat Winship patients.
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Winship to host virtual Debates and Didactics conference

The 2020 Winship Debates and Didactics in Hematology and Oncology conference will be held online from July 16-18 and offered at no cost to Emory attendees. Course directors Drs. Sagar Lonial and Suresh Ramalingam are among the nearly 50 expert faculty who will present at the interactive virtual annual meeting.
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Schildkraut receives R01 to study ovarian cancer survival disparities
Joellen Schildkraut, PhD, MPH has received an R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to evaluate genetic and environmental factors that impact survival among African-American women with ovarian cancer. The project will use a novel multi-level approach that draws on data and infrastructure from Schildkraut’s NCI-funded African American Cancer Epidemiology Study.
Overby named director of Winship’s Clinical Trials Office
Amy Overby has been named the new director of the Winship Clinical Trials Office. Overby will lead a team of more than 180 clinical research professionals and manage Winship's portfolio of over 300 ongoing trials. She previously served as the associate director for research administration and director of the Clinical Research Office at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Winship’s Rockin’ Enrollers

Winship is committed to accelerating the testing of new cancer treatments through clinical research. Winship recognizes the following physicians at each Winship study site who have enrolled the most patients onto interventional cancer clinical trials during the last six months (pictured clockwise from top left): Drs. Sagar Patel (Emory Proton Therapy Center); Wayne Harris (Atlanta VAMC); Bassel El-Rayes and Christina Wu (Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital); Jay Shelton (Grady); Dong Moon Shin and Walid Shaib (Midtown); and Mehmet Asim Bilen (Clifton).
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Winship builds new pharmacy, expands infusion services in Johns Creek
Winship at Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) has opened a new state-of-the-art infusion pharmacy and is expanding the infusion center to better serve patients. Winship at EJCH treats on average 50 patients daily in the infusion center and up to 80 patients per day in the clinic.
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Winship to host two-day K12 skill building and orientation workshop
The Winship K12 Clinical Oncology Training Program will host its first annual K12 Intensive Skill Building and Orientation Workshop on Friday, July 24 and Friday, July 31. This free workshop will provide two full days of intensive training in cancer clinical research methods for early career clinical investigators.
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Shared Resource Spotlight: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Winship's 11 shared resources offer advanced technologies and services to support cancer researchers. The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Shared Resource provides expertise and infrastructure in designing, analyses, and simulation of high-throughput omics data to answer underlying biological questions. The overarching goal of this shared resource is toward the development of next-generation bioinformatics platforms for supporting data driven research and discoveries at Winship.
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Facebook Live: COVID-19 and Cancer
With coronavirus cases on the rise, Amelia Langston, MD Caleb Raine, PA-C discussed topics related to cancer care during the pandemic and recommended precautions for patients during a Facebook Live on July 9.
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Call for proposals: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative seeks pilot projects focusing on deep tissue imaging. Awards provide $1 million over 2.5 years, with the opportunity for four-year follow-up grants. Letters of intent are due Aug. 6.
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In Memoriam: Patricia McWilliams

On July 8, Winship’s Department of Radiation Oncology said goodbye to Patricia McWilliams, a lead radiation therapist, who served over 38 years at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. She held the position as the department’s longest serving employee. According to Shannon Kahn, MD, McWilliams was known as “the heart of the department.” In 2019, she was awarded the Mother McAuley Award for her devotion to her patients and service to her team. We join her family, friends, co-workers, and patients in remembering her.
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Meet Winship's newest physician assistants: Ayesha Iqbal PA-C, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology; Pamela Carvajal Traya, MA, MMSc, PA-C, Departments of Surgery and Colorectal Surgery; and Bradin Carter, PA, Department of Surgery.



July 15 - No Grand Rounds (next lecture: July 22)
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July 16 - Surgical Grand Rounds (via Zoom)
Felix G. Fernandez, MD - "Lung Cancer Surgery and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database: Evolving to Improve Outcomes"

July 16-19 - Virtual Symposium
Debates and Didactics in Hematology and Oncology

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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