October 2019

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October 28, 2019

Peach Bowl Inc. Announces $20 Million LegACy Fund Gift to the Aflac Cancer Center

This historic gift was inspired and named in honor of Anna Charles Hollis, or 'AC' to family and friends. The Peach Bowl LegACy Fund seeks to accelerate the development of pediatric cancer clinical trials (feasibility, Phase I, Phase II or Phase I/II studies) at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. One principal investigator of the application must be an Aflac-affiliated faculty member.
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V Foundation Awards $600K to Support Medulloblastoma Research
Drs. Tobey MacDonald and Fatih Sarioglu (Georgia Tech) recently developed a tool called Cluster-Chip that can detect circulating tumor cells in the blood and remove them so that they can be studied. The study will enroll 25 patients with medulloblastoma (MB) and collect their blood at different times throughout their treatment. This information will contribute to understanding how MB spreads and how to better treat MB tumor spread.
R21 Trailblazer Awarded to Aflac Researchers
This collaborative 3-year research grant was awarded to young investigators Dr. Yongzhi Qiu and Dr. Satheesh Chonat under the mentorship of Dr. Wilbur Lam. Using a novel `microvasculature-on-a-chip' technology, these Aflac researchers, along with Dr. Larry Greenbaum (Emory University), Dr. Traci Leong (Emory University) and Dr. Richard Smith (University of Iowa), will examine small blood clots are formed as a result of damage to the endothelium. The knowledge gained will advance understanding of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a rare genetic disorder that causes anemia, low platelet count and kidney damage.
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Kathryn Sutton Chosen for WHEA Teaching Fellowship
Woodruff Health Educators Academy's (WHEA) Teaching Fellowship is a 12-month program for health sciences educators who want to advance their teaching skills and offer quality instruction to their learners. The fellowship includes monthly two-hour skills development workshops and monthly online intersession discussion groups. All sessions are organized around three domains: Designing and Planning Learning, Teaching and Facilitating Learning, and Assessment of Learning.
Aflac Investigators Receive K Awards
Congratulations to Shanmuganathan Chandrakasan who received an NHLBI K08 Award for "Targeted non-genotoxic hematopietic stem cell transplant conditioning approach," and Dr. Satheesh Chonat, announced as one of the 2019 Atlanta Pediatric Scholars (K12) for "Modeling Acute Lung Injury in Sickle Cell Mice."

Welcome New Faculty!

Please join us in welcoming the newest additions to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center (Swati Bhasin, PhD not pictured).
2019 Researcher Appreciation Day
Drs. Nitya Bakshi and Cheng-Kui Qu were recognized at Emory's 2019 Researcher Appreciation Day for their groundbreaking research, development of new technologies, and continued pursuit of novel and innovative ideas.
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2019 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Grants Awarded
Congratulations to Dr. Craig Castellino who received a 2019 Scholar Grant for his research focused on the role of PPM1D medulloblastoma, and Dr. Jenny Shim who received a 2019 Hyundai Young Investigator Grant for her research focused on understanding the role of YAP in neuroblastoma.
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Aflac Cancer Predisposition Program Featured on Fox 5
Bojana Pencheva, Aflac Genetic Counselor, was featured in a Fox 5 News story covering the Highland Family, and how they have benefited from the Cancer Predisposition Program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, after their 3-year-old was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
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Fellows' Fall Research Retreat
The Fellows' Fall Research Retreat was a huge success! Dr. Josh Schiffman (University of Utah), an expert in cancer predisposition, lectured about comparative biology and how it relates to pediatric cancer and p53, entertained us with stories of how to procure elephant blood, and offered honest and thoughtful advice to the fellows. The second year fellows described their projects, the third years displayed their awesome progress, and many junior faculty presented their ground-breaking work.
Register: Emory Drug and Nutraceuticals Conference
Hosted by Emory's Center for Affordable Medical Innovation, the Innovating with Existing Drugs and Nutraceuticals Conference will be held Nov. 14-15 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Speakers include Drs. Jonathan Lewin, Vikas Sukhatme, Timothy Lash, Haian Fu, Jing Chen, Mark Rapaport, Viraj Master, Jack Arbiser, and Veronika Fedirko.
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Winship and Aflac to host speed data-ing event
Speed Data-ing for Winship and Aflac Investigators, an open research discussion and reception, will be held on Nov. 19 from 4:30 - 6pm in Winship's John H. Kauffman Auditorium
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Congratulations to the following individuals who won awards at the 2019 Aflac Faculty, APPs and Leadership Retreat!

Shanmuganathan Chandrakasan was named Director of the Aflac Immune Dysregulation/Immunohematology and Immune Defect Transplant Programs.

Tamara Miller, Ann Mertens and James Klosky received a $360,000 grant from Aflac, Inc. for a multi-center study of the efficacy of My Special Aflac Duck to reduce distress in pediatric cancer patients.
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Congratulations to our 2019 Aflac Pilot Grants Awardees - Tamara Miller and Cassie Mitchell; Renhao Li; Kevin Bunting; Glaivy Batsuli; Himalee Sabnis and Kavita Dhodapkar.


Kahn JM, Kelly KM, Pei Q, Bush R, Friedman DL, Keller FG, Bhatia S, Henderson TO, Schwartz CL, Castellino SM
"Survival by Race and Ethnicity in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients With Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Children's Oncology Group Study." - Journal of Clinical Oncology

Cherven B, Castellino SM, Chen Y, Wong FL, York JM, Wasilewski-Masker K, Hudson MM, Bhatia S, Klosky JL, Landier W
"Intent and subsequent initiation of human papillomavirus vaccine among young cancer survivors." - Cancer

Chen N, Caruso C, Alonso A, Derebail VK, Kshirsagar AV, Sharrett AR, Key NS, Gottesman RF, Grove ML, Bressler J, Boerwinkle E, Windham BG, Mosley TH Jr, Hyacinth HI
"Association of sickle cell trait with measures of cognitive function and dementia in African Americans." - eNeurologicalSci

Chen W, Voos KM, Josephson CD, Li R
"Short-Acting Anti-VWF (von Willebrand Factor) Aptamer Improves the Recovery, Survival, and Hemostatic Functions of Refrigerated Platelets." - Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, Vascular Biology

George SA, Williamson Lewis R, McKenzie L, Cherven B, Patterson BC, Effinger KE, Mertens AC, Meacham LR
"Assessment of ovarian function in adolescents and young adults after childhood cancer treatment-How accurate are young adult/parent proxy-reported outcomes?" - Pediatric Blood & Cancer

Graciaa S, Russell R, Chonat S
"Complement Mediated Hemolytic Anemia Secondary to Plasmodium ovale Infection in a Child." - Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Khemani K, Katoch D, Krishnamurti L
"Curative Therapies for Sickle Cell Disease." - Ochsner Journal

Meeks SL, Leissinger CA
"The evolution of factor VIIa in the treatment of bleeding in haemophilia with inhibitors." - Haemophilia

Rabe JL, Gardner L, Hunter R, Fonseca JA, Dougan J, Gearheart CM, Leibowitz MS, Lee-Miller C, Baturin D, Fosmire SP, Zelasko SE, Jones CL, Slansky JE, Rupji M, Dwivedi B, Henry CJ, Porter CC
"IL12 Abrogates Calcineurin-Dependent Immune Evasion during Leukemia Progression." - Cancer Research

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