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October 26, 2020

A letter from Dr. Wally Curran

Dr. Wally Curran announced last week that he will step down as Winship’s executive director in January to accept a position as global chief medical officer with GenesisCare, an Australian-based group which is the world’s largest provider of radiation oncology patient care and a leading provider of other oncology care across four continents. Over the past 11 years, Curran has led Winship through successful competitive renewal of its NCI Cancer Center Support Grant in 2012 and attainment of NCI designated comprehensive cancer center status in 2017. Winship has experienced substantial growth in its clinical, research, and education efforts over this time period under his leadership. More information will be forthcoming on plans to celebrate Curran and recognize the many contributions he has made to Winship’s emergence as a world-class cancer center.
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Winship study shows increased failure-free survival in prostate cancer
A study led by Drs. Ashesh Jani and David Schuster has the potential to change how patients whose prostate cancer recurs after prostatectomy are treated. It will be featured in both the plenary session and press program of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.
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Peeling away pancreatic cancers’ defenses
Gregory Lesinski, PhD, MPH and colleagues, using an inhibitor of Hsp90 called XL888, showed that a combination immunotherapy approach gets through pancreatic cancers’ extra defenses. Their study, published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics on Oct. 15, represents the preclinical counterpart to a Winship clinical trial being led by Bassel El-Rayes, MD.
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Harvey named medical director of Winship Clinical Trials Office
R. Donald Harvey, PharmD, director of Winship's Phase I Clinical Trials Section, has been appointed as medical director of the Winship Clinical Trials Office.
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Corbett named endowed Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Biology
Anita Corbett, PhD, an Emory faculty member, researcher, and mentor since 1997, has been appointed as the endowed Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Biology.
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First-in-human trial to evaluate verteporfin for glioblastoma patients
Winship investigators are leading a first-in-human therapeutic efficacy trial of verteporfin in patients with recurrent high grade EGFR-mutated glioblastoma. The study is part of an Ivy Foundation-funded research project led by Renee Read, PhD.
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Owonikoko to moderate OncLive virtual conference
Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD, MSCR will moderate "First-Line Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer: Examining the New Role of Combination Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy," a virtual conference hosted by OncLive on Oct. 28.
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Shah to participate in Footsteps to Funding workshop
Mihir Shah, MD has been accepted into the 2020 Footsteps to Funding, an NCI-funded GMaP workshop taking place virtually Nov. 4-5. Shah’s mentor for the workshop is Theresa Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN, who leads Winship’s participation as a GMaP Region 2 member institution.
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Chandrasekaran receives Carbone Fellowship Award
Hematology and medical oncology fellow Sanjay Chandrasekaran, MD is the 2020 recipient of the Paul Carbone, MD Fellowship Award. The award will support his project, “Modeling MDSC (myeloid-derived suppressor cell) Mediated T-cell Suppression in Anti-PD-1 Refractory Melanoma.”
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Faculty honored during SOM Recognitions Week
Winship members are among those who will be recognized during Emory University School of Medicine’s Faculty Recognitions Week, Oct. 26-30. Each day, faculty will be recognized for different accomplishments including promotions, awards, and other milestones for academic and professional excellence.
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Researchers to share experiences and lessons from pandemic
The Winship Postdoctoral Fellows Group will host a virtual panel on Oct. 27, "Research During a Pandemic: Sharing Experiences, Lessons Learned, and Strategies for Moving Forward," with Drs. Brian Olson, Nicki Panoskaltsis, Mala Shanmugam, Benjamin Barwick, and Sruthi Ravindranathan.
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Winship Shared Resources to hold virtual workshop for trainees
The second annual Winship Shared Resources Workshop for Trainees will be held as a virtual event on Nov. 18 from 11am to 1pm. Sign up to discuss projects and speak with experts from Winship's 11 shared resources.
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Garassino to deliver Winship virtual Grand Rounds
Winship virtual Grand Rounds lectures continue on Oct. 28 with Marina Garassino, MD of the National Cancer Institute of Milan. Garassino will present, "COVID-19 and Hyper Progression in Lung Cancer."
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October 26 - Cancer Biology Dissertation Defense (virtual)
Michael Brandon Ware - "Dynamic Immune and Stromal Modulation by Therapeutic Targeting of IL-6 in Pancreatic Cancer"

October 26 - Cancer Biology Seminar (virtual)
James Ackley - "The effect of IL6 and the bone marrow microenvironment on FASL induced cell death" & Joseph Yoon - "Enrichment of the cholesterol biosynthesis pathway in cooperatively invading cells underlies phenotypic heterogeneity in breast cancer invasion"

October 26 - Lung Cancer SPORE Meeting (virtual)
Xiulei Mo, PhD, Qiankun Niu, PhD, Andrey Ivanov, PhD, and Sean Doyle, BS - "Discovery of Cancer-Specific Protein-Protein Interaction Targets"

October 26 - Winship Postdoctoral Fellows Group Meeting (virtual)
Panel Discussion - "Research During a Pandemic: Sharing Experiences, Lessons Learned, and Strategies for Moving Forward"

October 28 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
Marina Garassino, MD - "COVID-19 and Hyper Progression in Lung Cancer"

October 28 - Radiation Oncology Research Interest Talk (virtual)
Marian Axente, PhD, DABR - "Research Avenues in the Clinic"

October 29 - Surgical Grand Rounds (virtual)
Heba Iskandar, MD, MSc - "Inflammatory Bowel Disease Update"

October 30 - 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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