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May 17, 2021

Emory University's Commencement ceremonies, held May 14-16, celebrated the Class of 2021 with events representing Emory’s nine undergraduate and graduate schools. Visit Emory’s Commencement website to see videos from this year's Commencement ceremonies, meet student and faculty award winners, and learn more about outstanding graduates from across the university.
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Virtual poster session to highlight "Best of Winship at AACR"
The Best of Winship at AACR, a free virtual event on May 26, will feature research from the 2021 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting. Presenters include Drs. Jinbing Bai, Georgia Chen, Lindsay Collin, Eun-Ok Im, Hunter Jonus, Arhanti Sadanand, Joellen Schildkraut, Shubin Shahab, Weilong Yao, Dan Yan, and Ziling Mao, MPH.
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Targeting radiation resistance: Why some tumors are so stubborn
Researchers from Georgia Tech and Emory, led by Drs. Melissa Kemp and Josh Lewis, are using genome-scale modeling to better understand tumor metabolism and variations in how different tumors respond to radiation therapy. The team is working on a tool to help clinicians more effectively predict and, potentially, improve radiosensitivity for individual patients.
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Glenn Family Breast Center launches monthly team science meetings
The Glenn Family Breast Center's new monthly team science meetings, held the last Tuesday of the month, are interactive, interdisciplinary sessions designed to establish new multi-investigator collaborations. The May 25 meeting, led by Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS, will focus on late recurrence in HR+/HER2- breast cancer.
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BDCI initiative announces summer seminar series
Emory's Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation (BDCI) initiative, led by Drs. Haian Fu and Huw Davies, will hold seminars on Fridays throughout the summer. The May 28 seminar will focus on the state of BDCI and progress toward building a collaborative and synergistic research network at Emory.
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Emory announces Nursing Excellence Award winners
Twelve Winship nurses are among the recipients of this year's Emory Healthcare Nursing Excellence Awards. The award recipients were announced by the Emory Healthcare Nursing Recruitment and Retention Council during National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12.
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Emory teams honored with Patient Experience Awards
Emory clinical teams, including several that provide care for Winship patients, received "Best in Class" Patient Experience Awards from Emory Healthcare's Physician Group Practice. The awards recognize high performance on patient satisfaction surveys for fiscal year 2021.
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Jordan elected to national cancer registrar council's leadership
Crystal Jordan, CTR, has been elected as the administrator for the National Cancer Registrars Association’s Council on Certification. The council oversees the credentialing process for tumor registrars and upholds core professional competencies for cancer surveillance and research activities.
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Bazrafshan receives Eleanor Main Student Mentor Award
Alisina Bazrafshan, a member of Salaita lab who earned his PhD in chemistry, has been named a 2021 Eleanor Main Student Mentor Award recipient. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify mentoring of the highest quality in graduate education.
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Below are four selected Winship publications out of 51 published over the past week:

Li K, Yuan Z, Lyu J, Ahn E, Davis SJ, Ahmed R, Zhu C. PD-1 suppresses TCR-CD8 cooperativity during T-cell antigen recognition. Nature Communications. 2021; 12(1):2746. PubMed PMID: 33980853.
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Ji X, Cummings JR, Mertens AC, Wen H, Effinger KE. Substance use, substance use disorders, and treatment in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors - Results from a national survey. Cancer. 2021; PubMed PMID: 33974717.
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Hu Y, Ma VP, Ma R, Chen W, Duan Y, Glazier R, Petrich B, Li R, Salaita K. DNA-based microparticle tension sensors (µTS) for measuring cell mechanics in non-planar geometries and for high-throughput quantification. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English). 2021; PubMed PMID: 33979471.
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Hamadani M, Radford J, Carlo-Stella C, Caimi PF, Reid E, O'Connor OA, Feingold JM, Ardeshna KM, Townsend W, Solh M, Heffner LT, Ungar D, Wang L, Boni J, Havenith K, Qin Y, Kahl BS. Final results of a phase 1 study of loncastuximab tesirine in relapsed/refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Blood. 2021; 137(19):2634-2645. PubMed PMID: 33211842.
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May 17 - Cancer Biology Seminar (virtual)
Chrystal Paulos, PhD - "Blueprints for Building Effective T cell Therapies"

May 17 - Hematology & Medical Oncology Departmental Seminar (virtual)
Michael J. Wagner, MD - "Angiosarcoma: Progress and challenges in a rare cancer"

May 18 - Aflac Research Conference (virtual)
Aisha L. Walker, PhD, MPH - "Role of mitophagy in fitness of hematopoietic stem cells for autologous transplants in sickle cell disease”

May 18 - American Cancer Society Research Symposia (virtual)
Kristin Anderson, PhD, Andras Heczey, MD, Christian Capitini, MD - "Engineered Effector Cells for Cancer Immunotherapy"

May 18 - Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program Meeting (virtual)
Mylin Torres, MD and Jingjing Yang, PhD - "Polygenic Risk Scores Predict Toxicities in Breast Cancer Patients Following Radiotherapy"

May 19 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
Mehmet Akce, MD - "Rapidly Evolving Landscape and Future Horizons in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Treatment"

May 20 - Surgical Grand Rounds (virtual)
Bryan A. Whitson, MD, PhD - "Assessment and Repair of Warm Ischemic Injury in Lung Donor Allografts"

May 20 - Winship Webinar (virtual)
Jean Koff, MD, MS - "Updates in CAR T-Cell Therapy"

May 20 - Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) Program Meeting (virtual)
Benjamin G. Barwick, MS, PhD - "Integrated Epigenomic Analysis of Multiple Myeloma Identifies Determinants of Drug Resistance"

May 21 - Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics (DDT) Program Meeting (virtual)
Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS - "Genomic Assays in Early Stage Breast Cancer"

May 21 - Elkin Lecture (virtual)
Carlos Carmona-Fontaine, PhD - "Ex Vivo Modeling of Tumor-Immune Interactions"

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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