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October 19, 2020

NCI funds Winship led study of cancer and autoimmunity with COVID-19

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year, $9.9 million grant to Emory investigators to study COVID-19 immune responses in patients with cancer or autoimmune diseases. Madhav Dhodapkar, MBBS and Ignacio Sanz, MD are co-principal investigators.
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Cancer center directors comment on national diversity survey
The Cancer Letter, in collaboration with the Association of American Cancer Institutes, conducted a survey focused on leadership diversity at academic cancer centers. Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD was one of nine cancer center directors asked to comment on the survey’s findings in the Oct. 9 issue of The Cancer Letter.
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ASTRO to highlight Winship radiation oncology research
Winship radiation oncology experts will make over two dozen presentations at the 62nd annual American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting, taking place virtually Oct. 24-28. A phase II/III trial led by Drs. Ashesh Jani and David Schuster will be featured in both the plenary session and press program.
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Owonikoko receives Michaele C. Christian Oncology Development Award and Lectureship

Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD is the recipient of the 2020 Michaele C. Christian Oncology Drug Development Award and Lectureship. Owonikoko delivered his award lecture on small cell lung cancer at the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) Early Drug Development Meeting, held virtually Oct. 15-16.
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Researchers tackle breast cancer mortality disparities
Drs. Ilana Graetz, Lauren McCullough, and Eun-Ok Im (pictured) are leading research that focuses on reducing disparities among women with breast cancer in Georgia and across the U.S. They discuss current data and efforts to understand and address these disparities in an Oct. 2 article for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
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Radiation Research Society meeting highlights Winship innovation
The Radiation Research Society's Annual Meeting, taking place virtually Oct.18-21, includes a session chaired by David Yu, MD, PhD, a symposium presentation by Mohammad Khan, MD, PhD on low dose radiation for COVID-19, and research from the lab of Aparna Kesarwala, MD, PhD.
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Cherven receives APHON Early Career Research Award
Brooke Cherven, PhD, MPH, RN, CPON is the recipient of the 2020 Early Career Researcher Award from the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON). Her research focuses on reproductive health among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
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Khanna named Winship director of cancer rehabilitation
Ashish Khanna, MD has joined Winship as the new director of cancer rehabilitation, effective Oct. 1. Khanna's clinical practice focuses on the identification and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and other issues resulting from cancer and related treatments.
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In memoriam: Jonathan Liff, PhD
Jonathan Liff, PhD, professor emeritus at Rollins School of Public Health and Winship cancer epidemiologist, passed away on Oct. 10 following a prolonged illness. Liff was the former director of the Georgia Center for Cancer Statistics and a professor in the Department of Epidemiology until his retirement in 2013.
Facebook Live: Black Women and Breast Cancer
In a Facebook Live on Oct. 22, medical oncologist Manali Bhave, MD and cancer epidemiologist Lauren McCullough, PhD, MSPH will discuss health disparities among Black women with breast cancer and answer viewer questions.
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Winship’s Rockin’ Enrollers

Winship is committed to accelerating the testing of new cancer treatments through clinical research. The following physicians have enrolled the most patients onto NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) studies at each Winship study site during the last six months (pictured clockwise from top left): Drs. Jonathon Cohen and Jamie Goldman (Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital); Jay Shelton (Grady); Christina Wu and Mehmet Asim Bilen (Clifton); Wayne Harris (Atlanta VAMC); Jonathan Beitler (Emory Proton Therapy Center); Nabil Saba and Dong Moon Shin (Midtown).
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Winship Grand Rounds focuses on rare diseases of the head and neck
Alan Ho, MD, PhD, the Geoffrey Beene Junior Faculty Chair of Head and Neck Cancer from Memorial Sloan Kettering, will deliver Winship virtual Grand Rounds on Oct. 21. Ho will present, "Developmental Therapeutics for Rare Diseases of the Head and Neck."
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Social media tips for virtual conferences
With scientific meetings going virtual, conference attendees are taking to social media to engage with colleagues and find new collaborators. Visit the Winship intranet for tips on using social media for professional development and to get the most out of the virtual conference experience.
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Winship at Emory Midtown is at the forefront of cancer care in Georgia. In 2019, Winship opened a new multidisciplinary head and neck cancer clinic at Emory Midtown, welcomed a genitourinary cancer team to Winship's Clinical Trials Office, and began construction on a new 17-story facility dedicated solely to cancer care and cancer research.
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October 19 - Cancer Biology Seminar (virtual)
Justus Huelse & Amanda Ruggieri

October 20 - AiR (Advances in Research) Conference (virtual)
Megan C. Brown, MD, MSc & Seema Patel, PhD

October 20 - Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program Meeting (virtual)
Steven Yeh, MD - "Cancer Immunotherapy and Uveitis: Bridging Disciplines in the Clinic and the Lab"

October 21 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
Alan Ho, MD, PhD - "Developmental Therapeutics for Rare Diseases of the Head and Neck"

October 22 - Surgical Grand Rounds (virtual)
Terrah Paul Olson, MD - "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery and Inflammatory Bowel Disease"

October 23 - No Elkin Lecture
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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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