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February 1, 2021

Winship and Atlanta Hawks team up for prostate cancer awareness

Winship and Emory Healthcare have again partnered with the Atlanta Hawks and the Prostate Cancer Foundation for the third annual Black History Month Assist Challenge, which raises support for and awareness of prostate cancer. Bradley Carthon, MD, PhD, and hall of famer Grant Hill are featured in a video discussing the increased risk of prostate cancer among African American men and the importance of getting screened.
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In vivo studies reveal new insights into KRAS/LKB1-mutant cancer
Using a Drosophila melanogaster model, researchers showed that the malignancy transition in Lkb1-mutant cells is mediated by increasing oncogenic Ras levels and is genetically dependent on Ampk activity. Drs. Chang-Soo Seong, Briana Rackley, and Melissa Gilbert-Ross (pictured in 2017) were co-first authors and senior author of the study published on Jan. 29 in Communications Biology.
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IL‐37 boosts function of aged T‐cells against leukemia subtype
Age is the greatest risk factor for developing cancer, which is thought to be driven, in part, by aging-associated declines in T-cell function. Researchers led by Jamie Hamilton and Curtis Henry, PhD showed that Interleukin-37 (IL-37) boosts the function of aged endogenous and CAR T-cells, leading to enhanced suppression of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Their findings were published on Jan. 22 in Aging Cell.
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Owonikoko presents emerging data from immune therapy trial
Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD, MSCR was among several Winship presenters at the World Congress on Lung Cancer, held virtually Jan. 28-31. Owonikoko gave an oral presentation with emerging data from a phase I study of AMG 757, a novel immune therapy for small cell lung cancer.
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Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting highlights Winship research
Drs. Felix Fernandez, Seth Force, Theresa Gillespie, Onkar Khullar, Allan Pickens, Manu Sancheti were among the faculty who gave oral and poster presentations at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting, held virtually Jan. 29-31.
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What’s new | Cancer Animal Models Shared Resource

Cancer Animal Models, one of Winship’s 11 shared resources offering advanced research technologies and services, specializes in mouse-focused animal model development. It recently acquired Precision X-Ray’s SmART+ system, an innovative platform for pre-clinical radiotherapy studies designed to image, target, and irradiate a range of specimen sizes with exceptional accuracy. Contact the Cancer Animal Models Shared Resource ( to learn more about SmART+ as well as other technologies and services to support your research.
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Bansavage named nursing unit director at Midtown
Nicole Bansavage RN, MSN, OCN will become the unit director for the Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown campus on Feb. 8. In her new role, she will direct front-line nursing leaders at the Midtown radiation, infusion, and medical oncology clinics. She has been serving as unit director for Winship at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Buford.
McCullough interviewed on Shiny Epi People podcast
Lauren E. McCullough, PhD, MSPH discusses cancer epidemiology and shares hidden talents in the Jan. 23 episode of the Shiny Epi People podcast. McCullough talks about the questions to ask yourself before setting goals, how to map goals onto time allocation, and how to get what you need in a mentor.
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OncLive webinar to feature Winship amyloidosis experts
OncLive will host “Institutional Perspectives in Cancer: Amyloidosis," a free educational webinar for health care professionals on Feb. 4 from 6:30 to 8:10pm. Jonathan Kaufman, MD will chair the virtual event, which will include presentations from Drs. Nisha Joseph and Kunal Bhatt as well as a Q&A and discussion.
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Winship nurses report on clinical innovations during pandemic
Using a Lean Six Sigma framework, a team of Winship oncology nurses evaluated and implemented clinical practice innovations to ensure continued high-quality care for patients with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their study appears in the February issue of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
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Winship to host 6th Annual Surinder K. Puri Memorial Lecture

Kerry J. Savage, MD, MSc, professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, will deliver the 6th Annual Surinder K. Puri Memorial Lecture on Feb. 5 at noon. The annual lectureship focuses on B-cell malignancies and was established by Puri's wife to help accelerate advances in this area. Savage will present, “Peripheral T-Cell Lymphomas: Recent Advances and Future Directions.” Pictured: Puri (left) and Savage.
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Department of Defense releases funding pre-announcements
The U.S. Department of Defense has recently released funding pre-announcements including for its Lung Cancer Research Program and Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program.
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Call for proposals: ASTRO research grants
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) funds research in radiation biology, cancer biology, and radiation physics for junior faculty, residents, fellows, and postdoctoral fellows. Applications are due Feb. 26.
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February 1 - Cancer Biology Seminar (virtual)
Student Rotation Talks - Anna Cole, Delaney Geitgey, and Miranda Adams

February 3 - No Grand Rounds
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February 3 - Radiology Grand Rounds (virtual)
Tammie Benzinger, MD, PhD

February 4 - Surgical Grand Rounds (virtual)
Keneeshia N. Williams, MD - "Adverse Events, Near Misses, and Errors: Patient Safety – How Far Have We Come?"

February 4 - World Cancer Day Symposia (virtual)
Aaron Jones, MSN, ANP-C - "Trends in the Management of Gastrointestinal Cancers"

February 4 - Thursdays at Three Research Webinar (virtual)
Drs. Igho Ofotokun, Shivani Patel, and Alvaro Alonso -"Available Research Databases for Faculty Use"

February 4 - OncLive Webinar (virtual)
Drs. Jonathan Kaufman, Nisha Joseph, and Kunal Bhatt - "Institutional Perspectives in Cancer: Amyloidosis"

February 5 - 6th Annual Surinder K. Puri Memorial Lecture (virtual)
Kerry J. Savage, MD, MSc - "Peripheral T-Cell Lymphomas: Recent Advances and Future Directions"

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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