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March 15, 2021

National cancer genetic screening program at Emory offers at-home testing

JScreen, a national at-home genetic screening program based at Emory’s Department of Human Genetics in partnership with Winship, has announced a new program that offers at-home testing for more than 60 cancer susceptibility genes associated with hereditary risks for breast, ovarian, prostate, colorectal, skin, and other cancers. Karen Arnovitz Grinzaid, MS, CGC, JScreen's executive director, and Jane Lowe Meisel, MD, medical director for JScreen’s cancer program, are both Winship members.
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McCullough receives R01 for breast cancer disparities research
Lauren E. McCullough, PhD, MSPH has received an R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to examine multi-level drivers of both breast recurrence and mortality among women in Georgia. The project aims to identify modifiable targets to facilitate the prioritization of interventions.
New robot helps diagnose and treat lung cancers earlier
Physicians at Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital will be the first in Georgia to use a new state-of-the-art Ion robot to diagnose lung cancers earlier and less invasively. Pictured: Drs. Manu Sancheti and Alejandro Sardi inside the hybrid operating room at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
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Call for abstracts: NCI Lung Cancer SPORE workshop
Winship investigators are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation at the 2021 National Cancer Institute Lung Cancer SPORE Workshop, a Winship-hosted virtual event taking place June 16-18. Abstracts are due April 16.
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Winship team members appointed to Beryl Institute council
Davida Lee-Williams, director of guest and volunteer services, and Arielle Brown, volunteer services coordinator, have joined the Volunteer Professionals Council of the Beryl Institute, dedicated to advancing the human experience in health care.
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Winship to hold virtual "Fashion a Cure" event
The Friends of Winship Fashion a Cure Fashion Show, which supports Winship research focused on cancers affecting women, will hold a virtual event on April 13. The program will include remarks from Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS, director of Winship’s Glenn Family Breast Center.
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Emory’s Move More Challenge kicks off March 22
For the sixth year, Emory employees are invited to participate in Move More, a physical activity challenge that offers an opportunity for fun competition and teamwork among coworkers while tracking steps. The six-week competition begins on March 22.
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What's new | Emory Integrated Genomics Shared Resource

The Emory Integrated Genomics Core, one of Winship’s 11 shared resources offering advanced research technologies and services, provides leading-edge genomics platforms and expertise. The SageELF, an electrophoresis system and one of the core's newer platforms, captures DNA and protein samples into 12 contiguous fractions within 2-3 hours. Contact Emory Integrated Genomics ( to learn more about this and other technologies and services to support your research.
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Below are four selected Winship publications out of 35 published over the past week:

Owonikoko TK, Park K, Govindan R, Ready N, Reck M, Peters S, Dakhil SR, Navarro A, Rodríguez-Cid J, Schenker M, Lee JS, Gutierrez V, Percent I, Morgensztern D, Barrios CH, Greillier L, Baka S, Patel M, Lin WH, Selvaggi G, Baudelet C, Baden J, Pandya D, Doshi P, Kim HR. Nivolumab and Ipilimumab as Maintenance Therapy in Extensive-Disease Small-Cell Lung Cancer: CheckMate 451. Journal of Clinical Oncology: official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 2021:JCO2002212. PubMed PMID: 33683919.
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Troeschel AN, Hartman TJ, Flanders WD, Akinyemiju T, Judd S, Bostick RM. A novel evolutionary-concordance lifestyle score is inversely associated with all-cause, all-cancer, and all-cardiovascular disease mortality risk. European Journal of Nutrition. 2021; PubMed PMID: 33675389.
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Sun Y, Anyalebechi JC, Sun H, Yumoto T, Xue M, Liu D, Liang Z, Coopersmith CM, Ford ML. Anti-TIGIT differentially affects sepsis survival in immunologically experienced versus previously naive hosts. JCI Insight. 2021; 6(5). PubMed PMID: 33682797.
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Mato AR, Shah NN, Jurczak W, Cheah CY, Pagel JM, Woyach JA, Fakhri B, Eyre TA, Lamanna N, Patel MR, Alencar A, Lech-Maranda E, Wierda WG, Coombs CC, Gerson JN, Ghia P, Le Gouill S, Lewis DJ, Sundaram S, Cohen JB, Flinn IW, Tam CS, Barve MA, Kuss B, Taylor J, Abdel-Wahab O, Schuster SJ, Palomba ML, Lewis KL, Roeker LE, Davids MS, Tan XN, Fenske TS, Wallin J, Tsai DE, Ku NC, Zhu E, Chen J, Yin M, Nair B, Ebata K, Marella N, Brown JR, Wang M. Pirtobrutinib in relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies (BRUIN): a phase 1/2 study. Lancet (London, England). 2021; 397(10277):892-901. PubMed PMID: 33676628.
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March 15 - Cancer Biology Seminar (virtual)
Kevin Chen - "Modulating T cell Activation and Differentiation for Superior CART" & Tenzin Passang - "VIP: new target for anti-cancer immunity"

March 15 - Hematology & Medical Oncology Departmental Seminar (virtual)
Wade T. Iams, MD - "Translational Studies in Small Cell Lung Cancer: Clinical and Genomic Insights"

March 16 - Advances in Research (AiR) (virtual)
Leon McSwain, BS - "Why be one protein when you can be many: the role of YB1 in Medulloblastoma tumor maintenance and therapeutic resistance" & Claire Pillsbury, BS - "The Role of Siglec-15 in Evasion of Immune Response in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia"

March 16 - Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program Meeting (virtual)
Michael H. Chung, MD, MPH - "Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment among HIV-positive Women in Kenya"

March 17 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
David Tuveson, MD, PhD - "Overcoming the Seven Deadly Hallmarks of Pancreatic Cancer"

March 18 - Surgical Grand Rounds (virtual)
Kyle Eldredge, MD - "The Single GME"

March 18 - Thursdays at Three Research Webinar Series (virtual)
Heeju Sohn, PhD, Jill Hamilton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Kylie Smith, PhD, Matthew Lawrence, JD - "NIH UNITE Initiative"

March 18 - National Brain Tumor Society Event (virtual)
Drs. Kimberly Hoang and Edjah Nduom in Conversation with the Greater Atlanta Brain Tumor Community

March 18 - Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics (DDT) Program Meeting (virtual)
Cassandra Leah Quave, PhD- “Drugs from Nature: The Ethnobotanical Approach to Drug Discovery”

March 18 - Informational Webinar (virtual)
Winship Summer Student Volunteer Information Webinar

March 19 - 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
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