August 2019

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August 09, 2019

Aflac Cancer Center Ranks Among Top 10 Pediatric Cancer Centers in U.S.

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center ranked No. 8 in the nation for pediatric cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. "We are extremely proud to be recognized among the top pediatric cancer programs in the country, and this top ranking is a reflection of the dedication of our faculty, nurses and staff," said Douglas K. Graham, MD, PhD, Director, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center." In 2018, we had a record-breaking year in extramural funding, which is just one of many ways we continue to support our mission as a cancer and blood disorders center committed to exceptional patient care, innovation and research."
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Matthew's Wish: To Help His Doctor Help Other Children
Aflac Cancer Center patient, Matthew Gould, donated his Make-a-Wish to Dr. Ryan Summers to support his pediatric cancer research. This incredible story was covered by 11Alive.
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Katharine Brock Recognized as Outstanding Educator
Dr. Brock was recognized at Emory's 2019 Annual Educator Appreciation Day for her passion and skills to educate, encourage and support scholars and learners across Emory.
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A New Way to Treat Hemophilia Patients
Our Hemostasis and Thrombosis team has developed a new way to treat pediatric hemophilia A patients with inhibitors. Immune tolerance induction (ITI) while on emicizumab prophylaxis is a feasible approach in pediatric hemophilia A patients with inhibitors. This is the first report of the concomitant use of ITI in patients receiving emicizumab prophylaxis described as the 'Atlanta Protocol'.
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Christopher Porter Receives St. Baldrick's Consortium Research Grant
Dr. Porter received a $250K grant to create a Consortium for Childhood Cancer Predisposition focused on improving outcomes for those at the highest risk of cancer through better identification, early tumor detection, optimized psychosocial support and cancer prevention. The Consortium will initially be comprised of seven institutions and led by individuals who have previously worked together to have significant impacts in this field. These individuals will engage syndrome-specific advocacy groups to accelerate patient-centered advances.

More than $1.7M Raised During Annual WSB Care-a-Thon

The 19th Annual WSB Care-a-Thon was held July 25 and July 26. After a successful 37 hours, and thanks to amazing donors, we continued to collect donations and exceeded $1.7 million in donations this year. Money raised from this two-day event supports research, the Fellowship Program and the Family Support Team. In total, the WSB Care-a-Thon has raised more than $24M for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Thank you to everyone who made this possible!
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Aflac Cancer Center Physicians Featured in Atlanta Magazine's 2019 Top Doctors
Atlanta Magazine announced the 2019 Top Doctors in Atlanta, and eight of our physicians were recognized with this honor in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology section: Drs. Michael Briones, Sharon Castellino, Beatrice Gee, Frank Keller, Glen Lew, Tobey MacDonald, Lillian Meacham and Thomas Olson.
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CURE Childhood Cancer Funds Aflac Investigators
The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center was recently awarded more than $3M by CURE Childhood Cancer to fund individual research projects, the Fellowship and the Precision Medicine Programs. With this year's commitment, CURE has given more than $22M to the Aflac Cancer Center in the past 11 years.
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NEW! Donaldson Trust Synergy Fund to Support Collaborative Cancer Research
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in collaboration with Winship Cancer Institute and the Wallace H. Coulter Biomedical Engineering Department at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology has created a 2019 Pilot Grant supported by The Donaldson Charitable Trust Research Synergy Fund. As a result of a generous donation from the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust, we are pleased to announce this peer-reviewed program to provide pilot funding for novel, innovative, and collaborative cancer research projects.
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Welcome New Faculty!
Please join us in welcoming the newest additions to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center: Xu Ji, PhD, MSPH, Assistant Professor and our center's first Health Services Researcher; and Waitman Aumann, MD, Assistant Professor.


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"Characterizing complication risk from multisite, intermittent transfusions for the treatment of sickle cell disease." - Pediatric Blood & Cancer


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