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May 24, 2021

Winship and other top U.S. cancer centers call for urgent action to boost HPV vaccination

Winship has partnered with all 71 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers and partner organizations to issue a joint statement urging action to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination back on track following dramatic drops in annual well visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Researchers address discrimination behind racial health disparities
The spring issue of Rollins Magazine highlights several faculty members, including Drs. Kimberly Jacob Arriola and Lauren E. McCullough, whose research is illuminating the impact of discrimination on racial health disparities.
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New research teases apart mechanisms behind checkpoint protein PD-1
Drs. Cheng Zhu and Kaitao Li and colleagues are working to better understand the mechanisms behind PD-1, a checkpoint protein and target of several cancer immunotherapy drugs.
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A historic year for Winship clinical trials
More patients enrolled on Winship interventional treatment trials in 2020 than ever before. Winship's Clinical Trials Office staff, who were recognized on May 20 International Clinical Trials Day, adapted to new conditions to keep these treatment advancements advances available during the pandemic. Revisit the Fall 2020 issue of Winship Magazine to learn more.
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Emory acquires first PET/MR system in Georgia
A new PET/MR system, the first of its kind in Georgia, is a state-of-the-art tool capable of advancing patient care and research. Acquired through an NIH S10 High-End Instrumentation grant to Hui Mao, PhD, with additional funding from Emory Healthcare, the scanner is housed at Winship and will be operational in June.
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Emory physicians answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines
Bradley Carthon, MD, PhD, is one of several Emory physicians answering frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines in a new Emory Healthcare video series. Watch more at
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Recommended age for colorectal cancer screenings lowered to 45
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently lowered the recommended age to begin colorectal cancer screening from 50 to 45. Jennifer Christie, MD, discusses the new guidelines and screening options.
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Video: "Updates in CAR T-cell therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma"
Jean Koff, MD, MS, discusses the use of CAR T-cell therapy as a promising treatment strategy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the latest Winship Webinar held on May 20.
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Winship Webinars offer new peer education platform
Presented by Winship experts, Winship Webinars provide updates on a variety of cancer-related topics. To suggest a webinar topic, contact Javier De Jesus (
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Podcast: "Leading care and coping during COVID-19"
Lana Uhrig, PhD, MBA, RN, was a guest on the Franklin University Alumni podcast on May 17. Uhrig talked about her role as Winship's vice president of cancer nursing and leading oncology nursing care during COVID-19.
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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month
May is National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, and Emory is celebrating the AAPI community with events across its campuses. Pictured: employees from Emory Johns Creek Hospital perform a dance on Chinese Heritage Day.
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Below are four selected Winship publications out of 74 published over the past week:

Patterson DG, Kania AK, Zuo Z, Scharer CD, Boss JM. Epigenetic gene regulation in plasma cells. Immunological Reviews. 2021; PubMed PMID: 34010461.
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Zhong J, Huang V, Gurbani SS, Ramesh K, Scott Cordova J, Schreibmann E, Shu HG, Olson J, Han H, Giuffrida A, Shim H, Weinberg BD. 3D whole-brain metabolite imaging to improve characterization of low-to-intermediate grade gliomas. Journal of Neuro-oncology. 2021; PubMed PMID: 33983570.
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Zhao N, Ruan M, Koestler DC, Lu J, Marsit CJ, Kelsey KT, Platz EA, Michaud DS. Epigenome-wide scan identifies differentially methylated regions for lung cancer using pre-diagnostic peripheral blood. Epigenetics. 2021; :1-13. PubMed PMID: 34008478.
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Li JM, Lee S, Zafar R, Shin E, Choi I. Sodium bicarbonate transporter NBCe1 regulates proliferation and viability of human prostate cancer cells LNCaP and PC3. Oncology Reports. 2021; 46(1). PubMed PMID: 34013380.
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May 24 - Lung Cancer SPORE Meeting (virtual)
Rafick Sekaly, PhD, MSc, and Lisa Sudmeier, MD, PhD

May 25 - Glenn Family Breast Center Team Science Meeting (virtual)
Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS - "Late Recurrence in HR+/HER2- Breast Cancer"

May 25 - Aflac Research Conference (virtual)
Ann Mertens, PhD - "SurvivorLink: Scalability of an Electronic Personal Health Record for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers at Pediatric Cancer Centers" & Kavita Dhodapkar, MD - "Dissecting Immune Microenvironment in Childhood Leukemia"

May 26 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
Rahma Warsame, MD - "Unconscious Bias - How it Hurts Us and Our Patients"

May 26 - Poster Session (virtual)
Best of Winship at AACR Virtual Poster Session

May 26 - Emory Brain Tumor SPORE Overview & Project 2 (virtual)
Hyunsuk Shim, PhD, and Hui-Kuo Shu, MD, PhD - "Addition of belinostat with spectroscopic MRI-guided radiation therapy for IDH mutant high grade gliomas"

May 27 - Surgical Grand Rounds (virtual)
S. Rob Todd, MD - "Combating Trauma Disparities"

May 28 - Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation (BDCI) Summer Seminar Series (virtual)
State of the BDCI: Building a synergistic and collaborative research network at Emory

May 28 - 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
View a selection of Winship pilot grants, institutional awards, and external funding sources and learn how to apply.
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