March 2020

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March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, in coordination with the leadership teams from Emory University, Emory Healthcare, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is taking all necessary precautions to keep our patients and staff safe. Please continue to monitor the latest updates from Children’s and Emory and any specific guidance from your leadership teams and departments.
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Dr. Glaivy Batsuli Receives NIH K99/R00 Award
This K99/R00 award in Blood Sciences is an 8 year NIH funding mechanism through the NHLBI that will provide 5 years of mentored research funding (K99) then 3 years of independent research funding (R00). The grant is titled, “Utilizing Dendritic Cell Biology to Characterize the Innate Immune Response to Blood Coagulation Proteins”.
Welcome New Faculty!
Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center! Dr. Andrew Hong, Assistant Professor (Oncology, Solid Tumor) and Dr. Justin Williams, Assistant Professor (Psychology).
Aflac Investigator Receives Top 1% Score on R01
Dr. Muxiang Zhou received a top 1% score on a NIH R01 grant titled, “Dual inhibition of MDM2 and XIAP as a therapeutic strategy in cancer.” (Multiple PI grant in collaboration with Dr. Wei Li)
IND Approval Given for STAT3 Inhibitor Planned for Pediatric Brain Cancer Trial
Dr. Tobey MacDonald and Moleculin Biotech, Inc. received IND FDA approval for the WP1066 drug, which will be used in a Phase 1 pediatric brain cancer clinical trial, that will launch in the coming months at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
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St. Baldrick's Event Postponed

This year’s event was postponed, but that did not stop some of our fearless team from shaving their head. The event will be rescheduled for a new date and time. Please continue to support our faculty and staff’s fundraising efforts! (Pictured: Christie Powell, Erin Connelly, Kimberly Falgoust, William Falgoust, and Dr. Dan Wechsler)
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BMT Team Attends Annual TCT Meeting in February
Our BMT group was well represented at the annual Transplantation & Cellular Therapy (TCT) Meeting in Orlando with 11 talks given and 6 posters presented.
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UGA Dance Marathon Raises $1.25M for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
On February 22-23, UGA Miracle hosted its 25th annual Dance Marathon “Ignite the Light”. More than 1,700 University of Georgia students danced nonstop for 25 hours, witnessed inspirational messages from our patients and families, and came together as a community. The amount raised will support the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Children’s Rehab Services.
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Aflac Researcher Recieves ITI Hemophilia Award
Dr. Gary Woods was the recipient of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS) ITI School in Hemophilia 2020 Award and featured on the front page of the HTRS Newsletter.
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Register Today!
Register today for the 10th annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference. This event will take place on Friday, June 12 at the Georgia Aquarium.
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"Asymptomatic Skeletal Cystic Angiomatosis May Be Managed Conservatively With Close Observation" - Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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"Genotype-phenotype Correlation and Molecular Heterogeneity in Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency" - American Journal of Hematology

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"Decreased Cell Stiffness Enhances Leukemia Development and Progression" - Leukemia

*Hyacinth HI, Idris IM
"Cognitive Deficit in Sickle Cell Disease: Is Hydroxyurea Part of the Story?" - British Journal of Haematology

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"GSTP1 Polymorphisms Sex-Specific Association With Verbal Intelligence in Survivors of Pediatric Medulloblastoma Tumors" - Child Neuropsychology

Oberley MJ, *Raikar SS, Wertheim GB, Malvar J, Sposto R, Rabin KR, Punia JN, Seif AE, Cahen VC, Schore RJ, Luca DC, Guinipero T, *Woods WG, O’Gorman MRG, Orgel E
"Significance of Minimal Residual Disease in Pediatric Mixed Phenotype Acute Leukemia: A Multicenter Cohort Study" - Leukemia

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"Educational Intervention to Address Infertility-Related Knowledge Gaps Among Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer" - Journal of Young Adult and Adolescent Oncology

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