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May 11, 2020

Winship treats first lung cancer patient with T-cell receptor therapy

The first patient with lung cancer to be treated with a type of immunotherapy involving the re-engineering of a patient's T cells, known as TCR T-cell therapy, took place at Winship on May 7. The patient is enrolled on a clinical trial evaluating the safety and tolerability of a TCR T-cell therapy product in patients with lung cancer. Pictured: Edmund K. Waller, MD, PhD, Taofeek K. Owonikoko, MD, PhD, Hallie Marino, BSN, RN, BMTCN, and Tolu Adewuya, MMedSci, PhD, CCRC with the patient.
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Emory announces Nursing Excellence Award winners
Twenty-two nurses, including eleven who support Winship Cancer Institute patients, have been selected as the winners of this year’s Emory Healthcare Nursing Excellence Awards. Nominated by their peers, the award recipients were announced by the Emory Healthcare Nursing Recruitment and Retention Council during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
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New Edge enhances stereotactic radiosurgery at Winship
A new Edge radiosurgery system is being installed on Winship's Clifton campus that will enhance the Department of Radiation Oncology's large stereotactic radiosurgery program. The Edge is used in a variety of medical diagnoses to deliver stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatments with a high degree of precision and accuracy.
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Winship holds virtual Town Hall
Executive Director Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD and members of Winship's senior leadership team shared updates and answered questions during a virtual Town Hall on May 6. Log in to the Winship intranet to view a recording of the event.
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Emory School of Medicine educators honored
Emory School of Medicine celebrated Educator Appreciation Day on May 7. Faculty, including over a dozen Winship members, were nominated by students and peers for special recognition.
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Anti-PD-1 agent evaluated for merkel cell carcinoma
Ragini Kudchadkar, MD and collaborators from the Checkmate 358 trial evaluated the use of nivolumab, an anti-PD-1 antibody, in patients with resectable merkel cell carcinoma. The results of the phase I/II study were published April 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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Coopersmith named director of Emory Critical Care Center
Craig M. Coopersmith, MD has been named director of the Emory Critical Care Center, having served as the center's interim director since 2018. Coopersmith's research interests include the impact of cancer on the pathophysiology of sepsis.
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Gichoya awarded CECI² membership
Judy Gichoya, MD, MS has been named to the Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI²) by the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research. Membership in CECI² recognizes high achieving researchers and provides opportunities to attend an annual showcase and advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C.
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Lewis named to ASPHO Education Committee
Colleen Lewis, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP has been named to the Education Committee of the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (ASPHO). The society comprises nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, advanced degree nurses, and pharmacists.
Vu receives scholar award and visionary grant
Ha Ngan "Milkie" Vu, a PhD student whose dissertation committee includes Drs. Cam Escoffery and Bob Bednarczyk, has received a P.E.O. Scholar Award as well as a 2019 Visionary Grant from the American Psychological Foundation.
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Call for nominations: Elkin Fellowships and Rochfort Scholarships
The annual Nell W. and William Simpson Elkin Cancer Research Fellowships and the Chester Rochfort Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scientists/clinicians-in-training and provide up to $35,000 per recipient. Applications are due May 29.
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Emory's official 175th Commencement ceremony on May 11 will draw upon university traditions and new technological innovations to celebrate the outstanding achievements of this year’s graduates.
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May 10-16 - National Healthcare Week
National Healthcare Week Celebration

May 13 - No Grand Rounds

May 14 - No Surgical Grand Rounds

May 15 - Staff Event
Emory Virtual Staff Fest

May 15 - No Elkin Lecture

Winship Federal Grant Stream
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