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November 8, 2021

SITC meeting highlights Winship immunotherapy advances

The 36th annual meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), taking place in Washington, D.C., Nov. 10-14, will feature presentations from Winship researchers whose work is accelerating progress against cancer. Nearly a dozen meeting abstracts represent some of the latest preclinical and clinical data from Winship cancer immunology studies, offering a glimpse at the future of preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer using immune-based approaches.
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Kerstann named chief administrative officer
Kimberly Kerstann, PhD, a member of the senior leadership and cancer research administration teams, has been named Winship's new chief administrative officer. In this expanded role, she will oversee Winship’s administrative, business, and clinical research operations.
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Scharer named EIGC scientific director
Christopher Scharer, PhD, has been named scientific director of the Emory Integrated Genomics Core (EIGC), jointly managed by Winship and Emory School of Medicine. EIGC is a full-service genomics facility offering the latest platforms, technologies, and CLIA-based services.
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Mandawat named to 40 Under 40 in Cancer list
Anant Mandawat, MD, has been named one of this year’s 40 Under 40 in Cancer, an awards initiative to identify and recognize the contributions being made across the field of cancer by rising stars and emerging leaders under the age of 40 years. Mandawat and fellow awardees will be honored during a virtual ceremony on Dec. 1.
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Goolsby named senior director of human resources
Andrea Goolsby, PHR, SHRM-CP, has been promoted to Winship’s senior director, human resources. Goolsby, who joined Winship in 2017, is the strategic HR leader for all human resource-related matters including recruitment, talent development, compensation, policies and procedures, and employee relations.
6 things Black women need to know about breast cancer
In an article for Self magazine published on Nov. 2, Mylin Torres, MD, and Lauren E. McCullough, PhD, MSPH, comment on how breast cancer affects Black women. They discuss disparities in treatment outcomes, what's being done to overcome those disparities, and ways to lower one's risk for breast cancer.
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Using light to improve cancer treatments
Recently highlighted by the Emory Office of Technology Transfer, a technology from Erik Dreaden, PhD, and colleagues uses focused light to target cancer cells. Dreaden lab has developed a new class of cytokines that, when exposed to light, can be selectively activated and generate desired immune responses at discreet locations throughout the body.
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Saba to keynote Kansas Cancer Center symposium
Nabil Saba, MD, will deliver the keynote talk at the University of Kansas Cancer Center's 2021 Lung Cancer and Head & Neck Cancer Symposium on Nov. 13. The hybrid continuing medical education event is designed for health care professionals.
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Webinar: The Next Frontier in Health Equity
Emory University School of Medicine will host a webinar, "The Next Frontier in Health Equity with Guest Speaker Sylvie Leotin," on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Leotin is CEO of Equify Health and is collaborating with Keerthi Gogineni, MD, MS, on a grant to address cancer health disparities.
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Winship nurses awarded Magnet conference scholarships
Jeanne Cunius Young, MN, RN, OCN, and Jasmine Smith, BSN, RN, OCN, have each received a 2021 Ambulatory Care Nursing Magnet® Conference Scholarship. The scholarships provide funding for four Emory nurses to attend the ANCC Magnet® Conference, taking place Nov. 11-13 in Atlanta.
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Gaunt joins Winship radiation oncology as senior manager of clinic operations
Elizabeth (Liz) Gaunt has joined Winship’s radiation oncology team as senior manager of clinic operations on the Clifton campus. An experienced radiation therapist and administrator, she most recently served as clinical operations coordinator for radiation oncology at Northside Hospital.

Below are four selected Winship publications out of 124 published over the past week:

Yan Y, Xu W, Kumar S, Zhang A, Leng F, Dunlap D, Finzi L. Negative DNA supercoiling makes protein-mediated looping deterministic and ergodic within the bacterial doubling time. Nucleic Acids Research. 2021; PubMed PMID: 34723343.
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McCastlain K, Howell CR, Welsh CE, Wang Z, Wilson CL, Mulder HL, Easton J, Mertens AC, Zhang J, Yasui Y, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Kundu M, Ness KK. The Association of Mitochondrial Copy Number with Sarcopenia in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2021; 113(11):1570-1580. PubMed PMID: 33871611; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8562958.
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Tawbi HA, Forsyth PA, Hodi FS, Lao CD, Moschos SJ, Hamid O, Atkins MB, Lewis K, Thomas RP, Glaspy JA, Jang S, Algazi AP, Khushalani NI, Postow MA, Pavlick AC, Ernstoff MS, Reardon DA, Puzanov I, Kudchadkar RR, Tarhini AA, Sumbul A, Rizzo JI, Margolin KA. Safety and efficacy of the combination of nivolumab plus ipilimumab in patients with melanoma and asymptomatic or symptomatic brain metastases (CheckMate 204). Neuro-oncology. 2021; 23(11):1961-1973. PubMed PMID: 33880555; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8563325.
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Collin LJ, Maliniak ML, Cronin-Fenton DP, Ahern TP, Christensen KB, Ulrichsen SP, Damkier P, Hamilton-Dutoit S, Yacoub R, Christiansen PM, Sørensen HT, Lash TL. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α expression and breast cancer recurrence in a Danish population-based case control study. Breast Cancer Research. 2021; 23(1):103. PubMed PMID: 34736510.
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November 8 - Cancer Biology Graduate Program Seminar (virtual)
Lenore Monterroza - "Effect of Standard of Care Drugs on Tumor Membrane Vesicle Vaccine Efficacy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer" & Emily Green

November 8 - Microbiology & Immunology Seminar
Chris Scharer, PhD - "Epigenetic and Transcriptional Control of Plasma Cell Formation"

November 9 - Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Seminar Series (virtual)
Alexander Rudensky, PhD

November 9 - Aflac Research Conference (ARC) (virtual)
Jordan G. Marchak, PhD, ABPP - "Mental Health Care Needs in Childhood Cancer Survivors"

November 9 - Emory School of Medicine Special Lecture (virtual)
Sylvie Leotin - "The Next Frontier in Health Equity"

November 10 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
Ankur Singh, PhD - "Bioengineered Cancer Organoids for Studying and Targeting of Aberrant Signaling and Epigenetic Pathways"

November 11 - Surgical Grand Rounds
Caron B. Rockman, MD - "The Management of Carotid Disease in Women: How Underrepresentation of Women and Other Groups in Clinical Trials Influences Medical Practices"

November 11 - Cancer Immunology Program Meeting (virtual)
Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN, FAAN - "Winship Catchment Area Priorities and Relevance to Cancer Immunology Program and Research Portfolio"

November 12 - Elkin Lecture (virtual)
Edjah Ndoum, MD, FAANS - "Lessons Learned While Pursuing Immune Therapy for Glioblastoma"

November 13 - CME Symposium (virtual)
Clinical Practice Updates in Hemostasis and Thrombosis

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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