February 2019

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February 27, 2019

Recording-breaking Year in Extramural Research Funding

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center had a record-breaking year generating direct costs of more than $17.3 million in extramural research funding, including more than $10.6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Wilbur Lam to Deliver 2019 ASPHO Frank Oski Memorial Lecture in New Orleans
The Frank A. Oski Lectureship Memorial Award recognizes an outstanding clinical or laboratory investigator conducting cutting-edge research in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology. As this year's national award recipient, Dr. Lam will give a plenary talk at the annual meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in the spring of 2019.
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Glen Lew Elected to the ASPHO Nominating Committee
Dr. Lew was elected via national polling of American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) members. We are excited for Dr. Lew and his new leadership role with ASPHO.
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Welcome Alora Brock!
Alora will serve as the new Vice President of Hematology/Oncology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She joined Children's in January from Cancer Treatment Centers of America where she most recently served as Vice President of Clinical Transformation and was responsible for driving the development and execution of oncology service line strategy for the entire health system. Please join us in welcoming Alora to the team!
Annual St. Baldrick's Event
We are currently recruiting head shavees for the 2019 St. Baldrick's event at Fado on March 15th. Return shavees include Christie Powell, Dan Runco, Khaliah Johnson and Elyse Bryson. Also, we are proud to announce newcomers Michael White, Shelley Mays, Katie Hotz and Olivia Arrowsmith! If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Megan Swift at megan.swift@choa.org
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"Smartphone App for Non-invasive Detection of Anemia Using Only Patient-sourced Photos"

Robert Mannino and fellow biomedical engineers from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University School of Medicine, and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center have developed a smartphone app with the aim of non-invasive detection of anemia. Instead of a blood test, the app uses photos of someone's fingernails taken on a smartphone to determine whether the level of hemoglobin in their blood seems low.
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2019-2020 Grant Cycle is Now Accepting Applications
CURE Childhood Cancer is committed to driving innovative research to improve survival and reduce adverse effects of treatment of children with cancer. CURE's 2019-2020 grant cycle is now accepting applications. Proposals are due by March 22, 2019.
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Register Today for the 2019 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference
The Pediatric Research Alliance is "Spotlighting Metabolomics and Child Health" at the 2019 Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Georgia Aquarium. Learn about cutting-edge research and its integration into clinical practice from some of the most prolific thought leaders in the area of metabolomics and child health. Network with this diverse community of experts at one of the largest aquariums in the world! Submit your abstract by Friday, March 15 at 12:00 noon EST.
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Lee JL, Gutierrez-Colina A, Meacham LR, Mertens AC, Gilleland Marchak J
"Evidence for increased surveillance of executive functioning in adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer." - Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Liu T, Zhang H, Yi S, Gu L, Zhou M
"Mutual regulation of MDM4 and TOP2A in cancer cell proliferation." - Molecular Oncology

Eyrich NW, Potts CR, Robinson MH, Maximov V, Kenney AM
"Reactive Oxygen Species Signaling Promotes HIF1aStabilizationin Sonic Hedgehog-Driven Cerebellar Progenitor Cell Proliferation." - Molecular & Cellular Biology

Effinger KE, Stratton KL, Fisher PG, Ness KK, Krull KR, Oeffinger KC, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Leisenring WM, Nathan PC
"Long-term health and social function in adult survivors of paediatric astrocytoma: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study." - European Journal of Cancer

Daly A, Lewis RW, Vangile K, Masker KW, Effinger KE, Meacham LR, Mertens AC
"Survivor Clinic Attendance among Pediatric- and Adolescent-Aged Survivors of Childhood Cancer." - Journal of Cancer Survivorship

Sinik L, Minson KA, Tentler JJ, Carrico J, Bagby SM, Robinson WA, Kami R, Burstyn-Cohen T, Eckhardt SG, Wang X, Frye SV, Earp HS, DeRyckere D, Graham DK
"Inhibition of MERTK promotes suppression of tumor growth in BRAF mutant and BRAF wild-type melanoma." - Molecular Cancer Therapeutics



Glaivy Batsuli received an $82,500 Hemophilia of Georgia Clinical Scientist Development Award.

Thomas Cash received funding from the Cannonball Kids Foundation for his proposal "A Phase II Study of Sirolimus in Combination with Metronomic Chemotherapy in Children with Recurrent and/or Refractory Solid and CNS Tumors."

David Myers received funding for his 5-year NIH K25 Grant "Wearable Microchip for Assessing Global Hemostasis."

Lillian Meacham's 2018 paper, "Hypothalamic-Pituitary and Growth Disorders in Survivors of Childhood Cancer: An Endocrine Society* Clinical Practice Guideline" from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism was recently recognized as one of the top shared articles of 2018.
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