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June 14, 2021

Winship Invest$ names pilot grant awardees

Eighteen investigators will receive a total of $820,000 in funding for new cancer research projects through Winship Invest$, a peer-reviewed program designed to fund novel, innovative cancer research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
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Arriola appointed dean of Emory’s Laney Graduate School
Kimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, MPH, executive associate dean for academic affairs in the Rollins School of Public Health and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences, has been appointed dean of the Laney Graduate School. She will also join the Office of the Provost leadership team as vice provost for graduate affairs.
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Meltzer honored with Distinguished Investigator Award
Carolyn Meltzer, MD, FACR, has been selected for the 2021 Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research. Meltzer and fellow awardees will be recognized during the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), taking place Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, in Chicago.
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Juneteenth event to feature Dr. Marion Hood
In 1959, Emory School of Medicine rejected applicant Marion Hood because of his race. On June 17, the school will formally apologize to Hood and invite him to share his story during a virtual Juneteenth event, “Giving Voice: The Rest of His Story with Dr. Marion Hood." (Photo via Fox 5 News.)
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National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week
The FDA Oncology Center of Excellence will host, “National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week: Engaging the Generations," on July 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Panelists include Drs. Otis Brawley, Brian M. Rivers, John Carpten, and Robert Winn.
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Teng joins Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Yong Teng, PhD, has joined Winship as an associate professor in Emory School of Medicine's Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology. His research interests include tumor microenvironment, tumor metabolism, and metastasis as well as a focus on translating these scientific discoveries into better cancer treatments.
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National Academies release new report on radioactive sources
Deborah Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN, contributed to “Radioactive Sources: Applications and Alternative Technologies,” a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report, published June 14, offers insights into radiation therapy, global health, and radiation security in research.
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Winship participates in AACI/AACR Virtual Hill Day
Drs. Suresh Ramalingam, Kimberly Kerstann, and Larry Boise participated in AACI/AACR Virtual Hill Day on June 9. The annual event, which advocates for cancer research federal funding, is organized by the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) and American Associate for Cancer Research (AACR).
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Emory Johns Creek Hospital completes expansion project
Emory Johns Creek Hospital has completed a facility expansion that adds two new floors, 40 additional beds, a new parking deck, and approximately 70,000 square feet to the existing patient tower. A ribbon cutting was held at the hospital on June 10 to commemorate the expansion.
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Webinar: "Trends in Metastatic Breast Cancer"
Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS, will discuss updates in metastatic triple negative breast cancer during a free webinar on June 15 at noon. Hosted by Menarini Silicon Biosystems, the webinar will include a talk from Cecilia Simonelli, MD, on the clinical utility of circulating tumor cells.
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Prostate cancer: Talking to people about your diagnosis
After a prostate cancer diagnosis, many men find it hard to talk about it or to reach out for help and support as they navigate their cancer journey. Christopher Filson, MD, MS, spoke with WebMD about these challenges and different ways to benefit from a support network.
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Below are four selected Winship publications out of 59 published over the past week:

Smith KR, Brown JT, Wan L, Liu Y, Russler G, Yantorni L, Caulfield S, Lafollette J, Moore M, Kucuk O, Carthon B, Nazha B, Bilen MA. Clinical Outcomes and Racial Disparities in Metastatic Hormone-Sensitive Prostate Cancer in the Era of Novel Treatment Options. The Oncologist. 2021; PubMed PMID: 34096667.
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Michalski JM, Janss AJ, Vezina LG, Smith KS, Billups CA, Burger PC, Embry LM, Cullen PL, Hardy KK, Pomeroy SL, Bass JK, Perkins SM, Merchant TA, Colte PD, Fitzgerald TJ, Booth TN, Cherlow JM, Muraszko KM, Hadley J, Kumar R, Han Y, Tarbell NJ, Fouladi M, Pollack IF, Packer RJ, Li Y, Gajjar A, Northcott PA. Children's Oncology Group Phase III Trial of Reduced-Dose and Reduced-Volume Radiotherapy with Chemotherapy for Newly Diagnosed Average-Risk Medulloblastoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology: official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 2021; :JCO2002730. PubMed PMID: 34110925.
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Zhang XF, Xue F, Dong DH, Lopez-Aguiar AG, Poultsides G, Makris E, Rocha F, Kanji Z, Weber S, Fisher A, Fields R, Krasnick BA, Idrees K, Smith PM, Cho C, Beems M, Lv Y, Maithel SK, Pawlik TM. New Nodal Staging for Primary Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors: A Multi-institutional and National Data Analysis. Annals of Surgery. 2021; 274(1):e28-e35. PubMed PMID: 31356277.
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Zhang W, Anyalebechi JC, Ramonell KM, Chen CW, Xie J, Liang Z, Chihade DB, Otani S, Coopersmith CM, Ford ML. TIGIT modulates sepsis-induced immune dysregulation in mice with preexisting malignancy. JCI Insight. 2021; 6(11). PubMed PMID: 34100383.
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June 15 - Aflac Advances in Research (virtual)
Ryan Summers, MD, FAAP - "MERTK and BCL-2 as Potential Therapeutic Targets in Early T-precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia" & J. Nathan Yarnall, MD, MPH - "Influenza Vaccination Uptake in Pediatric Patients with Cancer and Sickle Cell Disease"

June 15 - OncLive®​ State of the Science Summit (virtual)
Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD, MSCR - "Institutional Perspectives in Cancer: Lung Cancer"

June 15 - Emory Integrated Proteomics Core Webinar presented by IsoPlexis (virtual)
"Accelerating the Next Generation of Immune Medicine with Cellular Proteomics at Emory"

June 16 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
Gelareh Zadeh, MD, PhD, FRCSC - "Landscape of Clinically Aggressive Meningiomas"

June 16 - Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Webinar (virtual)
Madhav Dhodapkar, MBBS - "Case Studies in Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma"

June 16-18 - National Workshop hosted by Winship Cancer Institute (virtual)
2021 National Lung Cancer SPORE Workshop

June 17 - Emory Juneteenth Webinar (virtual)
"Giving Voice: The Rest of His Story with Dr. Marion Hood"

June 17 - Surgical Grand Rounds (virtual)
Anthony Dinallo, MD - "Nutritional Status in the Era of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery"

June 17 - FDA Oncology Center of Excellence Panel Discussion (virtual)
“National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week: Engaging the Generations”

June 18 - Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics (DDT) Program Meeting (virtual)
Nima Kokabi, MD, FRCP - "Y90 Radioembolization: A Technology Ready for Precision Medicine Prime Time"

June 18 - No Elkin Lecture (on break until September)
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Winship Federal Grant Stream
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