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August 23, 2021

Lesinski named associate director for basic research

Gregory Lesinski, PhD, MPH, has been named Winship Cancer Institute's associate director for basic research, effective Sept. 1. In this role, he will provide oversight and direction for the development and growth of Winship's basic scientific activities across the cancer center's four research programs.
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Carthon named interim director of medical oncology
Bradley Carthon, MD, PhD, has been named interim director for the Division of Medical Oncology in Emory’s Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology. Carthon also serves as section chief of hematology and oncology for Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
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Wells among Emory’s 2021 American Academy of Nursing fellows
Jessica Wells, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, has been selected for induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Wells is one of nine members of Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing community who will be confirmed as an AAN fellow this October.
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Badve joins Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Sunil Badve, MD, FRCPath, has joined Winship as a professor and vice chair of the cancer pathology program in Emory’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. His translational research focus includes the development of novel approaches to detecting, diagnosing, and treating breast cancer.
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Heat-controllable CAR T cells destroy tumors, prevent relapse
Winship member Gabe Kwong, PhD, graduate student Ali Zamat, and collaborators are working to make CAR T cell therapy more effective in solid tumors. Their new study, published Aug. 12 in Nature Biomedical Engineering, found that heat-controllable CAR T cells destroy tumors and prevent relapse in mice.
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Video: Winship gears up for hybrid Winship Win the Fight 5K

The 11th Annual Winship Win the Fight 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 2 offers several ways to support cancer research at Winship. Learn more about virtual and in-person options for this year’s event, and remember to register and donate at
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Claim your Doximity physician profile
The annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals reputation survey is conducted by the online physician networking site Doximity. To be eligible to participate in the survey, go to to make sure you’ve claimed your Doximity profile.
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Video: Updates in the management of bladder cancer
Drs. Shreyas Joshi and Brendan Browne discussed advances in the diagnosis and management of patients with localized and advanced bladder cancer during a live Winship Webinar on Aug. 20.
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Call for abstracts: UGA/Winship cancer research summit
Winship and the University of Georgia will host a half-day virtual summit on Oct. 29 focused on advancing cancer research in the state. Students and trainees are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentation by Sept. 1.
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Call for nominations: SOM affinity month celebrations
As part of ongoing affinity month celebrations recognizing the work of Emory's diverse community, Emory University School of Medicine is seeking nominations from faculty members willing to share their stories.
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Below are four selected Winship publications out of 80 published over the past week:

Pan C, Kang J, Hwang JS, Li J, Boese AC, Wang X, Yang L, Boggon TJ, Chen GZ, Saba NF, Shin DM, Magliocca KR, Jin L, Kang S. Cisplatin-mediated activation of glucocorticoid receptor induces platinum resistance via MAST1. Nature Communications. 2021; 12(1):4960. PubMed PMID: 34400618.
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Collin LJ, Yan M, Jiang R, Gogineni K, Subhedar P, Ward KC, Switchenko JM, Lipscomb J, Miller-Kleinhenz J, Torres MA, Lin J, McCullough LE. Receipt of Guideline-Concordant Care Does Not Explain Breast Cancer Mortality Disparities by Race in Metropolitan Atlanta. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN. 2021; PubMed PMID: 34399407.
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Ruffolo LI, Jackson KM, Kuhlers PC, Dale BS, Figueroa Guilliani NM, Ullman NA, Burchard PR, Qin SS, Juviler PG, Keilson JM, Morrison AB, Georger M, Jewell R, Calvi LM, Nywening TM, O'Dell MR, Hezel AF, De Las Casas L, Lesinski GB, Yeh JJ, Hernandez-Alejandro R, Belt BA, Linehan DC. GM-CSF drives myelopoiesis, recruitment and polarisation of tumour-associated macrophages in cholangiocarcinoma and systemic blockade facilitates antitumour immunity. Gut. 2021; PubMed PMID: 34413131.
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Kudo M, Matilla A, Santoro A, Melero I, Gracián AC, Acosta-Rivera M, Choo SP, El-Khoueiry AB, Kuromatsu R, El-Rayes B, Numata K, Itoh Y, Di Costanzo F, Crysler O, Reig M, Shen Y, Neely J, Tschaika M, Wisniewski T, Sangro B. CheckMate 040 cohort 5: A phase I/II study of nivolumab in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma and Child-Pugh B cirrhosis. Journal of Hepatology. 2021; 75(3):600-609. PubMed PMID: 34051329.
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August 23 - Lung Cancer SPORE Meeting (virtual)
Ahmet Coskun, PhD - "Career Enhancement Program Project"

August 24 - Glenn Family Breast Center Team Science Meeting (virtual)
Lily Yang, MD, PhD

August 24 - Aflac Research Conference (virtual)
Billy Holcombe, PhD - "Posterior Fossa Tumors: Revisiting Cognitive Risk and Remedial Approaches"

August 24 - Emory University School of Medicine Webinar (virtual)
Carolyn Meltzer, MD, and Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH - "Focus on the Future: DEI Strategic Plan Update"

August 25 - Integrated Cellular Imaging Seminar (virtual)
µCourse on BioImage Analysis - "Image Segmentation Using Deep Learning"

August 25 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
John Strickler, MD - "Overcoming Resistance to Targeted Therapies in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer"

August 25 - Radiation Oncology Research Interest Talk (virtual)
William S. Dynan, PhD - "Identification of an exosome-transmissible signal that engages the innate immune response in melanoma and lung cancer"

August 26 - Surgical Grand Rounds (virtual option)
Nancy DeSousa, MPH, PhD - "Implicit Biases and Learner Diversity Programs for GME"

August 20 - Winship Webinar (virtual)
Shreyas Joshi, MD, and Brendan Browne, MD -"Updates in the Management of Bladder Cancer"

August 27 - No Elkin Lecture (on break until September)
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Winship Federal Grant Stream
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Non-Federal Funding Opportunities
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