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October 11, 2021

Virtual summit to feature UGA and Winship research

The UGA-Winship Virtual Summit, "Advancing Cancer Research in Georgia," a half-day event on Oct. 29, will highlight innovative cancer research from the University of Georgia and Winship Cancer Institute. The summit is open to all and free to attend. (Image of lung cancer metastasis by Scott Wilkinson and Adam Marcus via NCI.)
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Saba honored with Halpern Chair
Nabil F. Saba, MD, FACP, professor of hematology and medical oncology at Emory University School of Medicine, was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Lynne and Howard Halpern Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Research, in a special virtual ceremony on Sept. 21.
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Mapping inequities in breast cancer outcomes
Why are outcomes for Black women with breast cancer worse than they are for their white counterparts? Lauren E. McCullough, PhD, MSPH, is conducting county-level mapping in Georgia to understand the landscape of breast cancer disparities and areas that can benefit from better resources.
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Behera named chief informatics and data officer
Madhusmita Behera, PhD, has been named Winship's chief informatics and data officer. The newly created position will drive digital transformation and research growth through innovation and the implementation of technology that can positively affect patient care, outcomes, and safety.
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Chhabra named chief business officer
Aman Chhabra, MS, has been named Winship's chief business officer. The new position will oversee the fiscal management of all Winship operating units, including administration, basic and translational science research programs, clinical research, shared resources, and the Winship Cancer Network.
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Bellamkonda receives NIH Transformative Research Award
Ravi Bellamkonda, PhD, has received a five-year NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award for his work using electrical fields to treat an aggressive pediatric cancer. Low-voltage electrical fields will induce cancer cells to migrate out of the tissues they have invaded: a strategy he calls a “tumor tractor beam.”
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Fleischer receives NIH New Innovator Award
Candace Fleischer, PhD, has received a five-year NIH Director’s New Innovator Award to support her project, “A novel framework for quantifying metabolic brain health.” Using magnetic resonance imaging in new ways to study metabolic disease, the research could offer insights into other conditions ranging from Alzheimer's disease and brain injury to cancer.
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Mouw receives NCI Research Specialist Award
Janna Mouw, PhD, a member of Marcus lab, has received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Research Specialist Award (R50) for her project, “Deconstructing cellular heterogeneity and subpopulation cooperation in non-small cell lung cancer metastasis.” The grant provides salary support for exceptional scientists to pursue research within an existing NCI-funded cancer research program.
Investigators receive Winship Lung Cancer SPORE pilot grants
The Winship Lung Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) offers pilot grants of up to $50,000 each to support projects focused on career enhancement or developmental research. The 2021 Career Enhancement and Developmental Research program pilot grant recipients are Drs. Ahmet Coskun, Aparna Kesarwala, John Blazeck, and Wei Zhou.
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Clinicians share research at annual APSHO meeting
R. Donald Harvey, PharmD (conference chair), Colleen Lewis, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP, and Caleb Raine, PA-C, are presenting research and moderating sessions at JADPRO Live, the annual meeting of the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), taking place virtually Oct. 7-17.
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Khan co-chairs Radiation Research Society symposium
Mohammad Khan, MD, PhD, co-chaired a symposium at the 67th annual international meeting of the Radiation Research Society, held virtually Oct. 3-6. The symposium, “Low Dose RT for COVID and other inflammatory diseases," addressed the use of radiation therapy for non-cancer diseases.
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Video: Mammography can be a 'Crucial Catch'
In an interview with FOX5 Atlanta, Keerthi Gogineni, MD, MSPH, discusses Winship's "Crucial Catch" partnership with the Atlanta Falcons and the importance of mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer.
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Video: Inside oncology-related urgent care
In an interview for OncLive’s Inside the Practice series, Charise Gleason, MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP, discusses the role of an immediate care clinic and how it addresses urgent care needs for patients with cancer.
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Help rename and redesign Winship Roundup
Winship Roundup, the weekly e-newsletter for the Winship Cancer Institute community, will soon relaunch with a new name and new look. Share your ideas and feedback in a brief survey through Nov. 1.
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EIGC webinar: Next-generation cytogenomics
The Emory Integrated Genomics Core (EIGC) will host a Bionano Genomics webinar on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m., "Next-Generation Cytogenomics: High Resolution Chromosome Abnormality Detection with Optical Genome Mapping."
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Call for proposals: Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's 2022 Clinical Scientist Development Award will provide approximately 17 grants to support high-impact clinical research from early-career physician scientists. Budgets can be up to $495,000 over three years. Pre-proposals are due Nov. 12.
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Call for proposals: Donaldson Charitable Trust
Winship, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering will fund collaborative team science projects up to $125,000, thanks to the generous support of the Donaldson Charitable Trust Research Synergy Fund. Letters of intent are due Oct. 22.
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Below are four selected Winship publications out of 134 published over the past week:

Buske C, Tedeschi A, Trotman J, García-Sanz R, MacDonald D, Leblond V, Mahe B, Herbaux C, Matous JV, Tam CS, Heffner LT, Varettoni M, Palomba ML, Shustik C, Kastritis E, Treon SP, Ping J, Hauns B, Arango-Hisijara I, Dimopoulos MA. Ibrutinib Plus Rituximab Versus Placebo Plus Rituximab for Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia: Final Analysis from the Randomized Phase III iNNOVATE Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology: official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 2021:JCO2100838. PubMed PMID: 34606378.
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Fangusaro J, Onar-Thomas A, Poussaint TY, Wu S, Ligon AH, Lindeman N, Campagne O, Banerjee A, Gururangan S, Kilburn LB, Goldman S, Qaddoumi I, Baxter P, Vezina G, Bregman C, Patay Z, Jones JY, Stewart CF, Fisher MJ, Doyle LA, Smith M, Dunkel IJ, Fouladi M. A phase II trial of selumetinib in children with recurrent optic pathway and hypothalamic low-grade glioma without NF1: a Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium study. Neuro-oncology. 2021; 23(10):1777-1788. PubMed PMID: 33631016; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8485450.
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Joseph NS, Gupta VA, Wyman S, Graiser M, Kaufman JL, Almaula D, Andrews J, Hofmeister C, Dhodapkar M, Heffner LT, Lonial S, Nooka AK. Benefits of autologous stem cell transplant for elderly myeloma patients in the last quarter of life. Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. 2021; PubMed PMID: 34626863.
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Melvan JN, Khullar O, Vemulapalli S, Kosinski AS, Pickens A, Force SD, Zhang S, Sancheti MS. Community Size and Lung Cancer Resection Outcomes: Studying the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2021; 112(4):1076-1082. PubMed PMID: 33189672.
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October 11 - K-Club (virtual)
"The Goldilocks Approach to Acquiring Career Development Award Funding"

October 11 - Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) Program Meeting (virtual)
Yueming Zhu, PhD - "Targeting Post-Translational Modifications (PTMS) in Breast Carcinogenesis and Breast Cancer Therapy"

October 12 - Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar (virtual)
Timothy Sampson, PhD - "Microbiome Contributions to Amyloid Disease"

October 12 - Emory Integrated Genomics Core (EIGC) Webinar (virtual)
Shereen Ghosh, PhD - "Next-Generation Cytogenomics: High Resolution Chromosome Abnormality Detection with Optical Genome Mapping"

October 13 - Grand Rounds (virtual)
Manali Bhave, MD - "The Evolving Landscape for the Management of Triple Negative Breast Cancer"

October 14 - Cancer Immunology Program Meeting (virtual)
H. Trent Spencer, PhD - "Development of Gamma Delta T Cell-Based Immunotherapies for Childhood Cancers"

October 14 - Research Day (virtual)
14th Annual Emory Department of Medicine Research Day

October 14 - No Surgical Grand Rounds
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October 15 - Retreat (virtual)
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics (DDT) Program Retreat

October 15 - Elkin Lecture (virtual)
Jennifer Guerriero, PhD - "Targeting Immunosuppressive Macrophages Overcomes PARP Inhibitor Resistance in BRCA1-Associated Triple-Negative Breast Cancer"

October 16 - Community Education (virtual)
Georgia Blood Cancer Conference hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Winship Federal Grant Stream
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Non-Federal Funding Opportunities
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