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June 15, 2020

Winship names new program leaders

Winship has announced leadership changes in its recently formed Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) Research Program. Effective June 1, Wei Zhou, PhD will serve as leader and Cheng-Kui Qu, MD, PhD will serve as co-leader of the CMB Research Program.
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Cancer immunotherapy biomarker research during COVID-19
Drs. Jennifer Carlisle, Mehmet Asim Bilen, and Haydn Kissick, and MD/PhD student Caroline Jansen discuss the relevance of SARS-CoV-2 viral infection to cancer immunotherapy biomarker research and how this research can, even amidst a global pandemic, continue to inform cancer care. Their commentary was published June 1 in Endocrine-Related Cancer.
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Prevention research keeps cancer at bay
Faculty from Rollins School of Public Health are helping keep cancer at bay as members of Winship's Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. The Spring 2020 issue of Rollins Magazine highlights some of their work that spans multiple cancer types, disciplines, and geographies. Pictured (clockwise from left): Drs. Michelle Kegler, Joellen Schildkraut, Kevin Ward, and Timothy L. Lash.
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Winship at Midtown facility takes shape with staff input
The Winship at Midtown facility continues to be a team effort, with staff members providing input on the facility's design and functionality to best support the needs of patients. Last week, staff toured mocked-up spaces and gave feedback that will figure into the final plans.
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Winship teams up with Be The Match for "Cheek Week"
Winship is joining forces with Be The Match for "Cheek Week," June 14-20, to encourage new donors to join the world's largest and most diverse bone marrow registry. Amelia Langston, MD and Rebecca Garber will co-lead an informational webinar at noon on June 18.
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Graduates poised for impact
When she finishes her hematology and medical oncology fellowship this summer, Ashley Woods, MD is headed to Washington, D.C. to serve as a medical officer at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Winship will be honoring Woods and other graduates and highlighting their post-graduation destinations. Share your post-graduation plans using the below Google form.
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Janopaul-Naylor receives Emory HOPE Award
Radiation oncology resident James Janopaul-Naylor, MD is one of this year’s recipient of the Emory University School of Medicine House Staff Organization Professionalism Excellence (HOPE) Award. The award recognizes residents and fellows who demonstrate exceptional professionalism in working with patients and colleagues.
Koff to deliver Winship virtual Grand Rounds
Winship virtual Grand Rounds continues on June 17 with Jean Koff, MD presenting, "Untangling Molecular Heterogeneity in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma." Attendees can participate via Zoom webinar and sign a virtual attendance list to receive CME credit.
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Facebook Live: Prostate Cancer
Winship hosted a Facebook Live on June 11 with urologist Christopher Filson, MD and radiation oncologist Sagar Patel, MD. The discussion focused on prostate cancer, including early detection, diagnosis, and current treatment strategies.
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Summer Scholars Research Program expands reach with virtual lectures

From June 3 through July 10, over 100 high school students will attend weekly web-based guest lectures hosted by the Winship Summer Scholars Research Program. After it was announced that the program would be virtual, the lectures were opened to all interested applicants. Despite not being able to shadow in Winship clinics or work in labs, the program has found unique ways for students to gain exposure to a variety of oncology-related concepts and experiences, including through guest lectures. Lecture topics have ranged from "Understanding the Fundamentals of Ribosome Assembly" to "My Journey to Oncology" to "An Overview of Neuro-Oncology."
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Pictured (left to right): Nikki Schmitt, MD, head and neck cancer surgeon, associate professor of otolaryngology; Denise Ballard, MEd, program director, community outreach and engagement; and Andrea McCarthy, NP-C, nurse practitioner, Emory Proton Therapy Center.


June 16 - Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program Meeting (via Zoom)
Andreas Heilmann, PhD - "ORIEN/Avatar Molecular Data/Resources that are available to Winship researchers"

June 16 - Aflac AiR (Advances in Research) Meeting (via Zoom)
Karen E. Effinger, MD, MS - "Interventions to Improve Wellness in Cancer Survivors" and Nitya Bakshi, MD - "Identifying Phenotypes of Pain in Sickle Cell Disease: A Machine Learning Approach to Analysis of the PISCES Study"

June 17 - Grand Rounds (via Zoom)
Jean Koff, MD - "Untangling Molecular Heterogeneity in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma"

June 19 - Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics (DDT) Program Meeting (via Zoom)
Nicki Panoskaltsis, MD, PhD, FRCP - "An Interdisciplinary Approach to Precision Therapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia"

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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