Volume 1, Issue 9

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Cancer Awareness Month

Survivor Ribbon
June is…

National Cancer Survival Month

We Asked a Caregiver: Cindy Mandarino
DSC_3579.JPGCC:Report is proud to present the second installment of our regular feature highlighting a caregiver working at the GRU Cancer Center. Read more…
GRU to host National Library of Medicine course in biomedical informatics
palustris_networkThe National Library of Medicine has awarded the Georgia Regents University Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library a multi-year, $1.7 million contract to host its Biomedical Informatics Course. Read more…
Notable Upcoming Conferences & Symposia
Review these quick links to upcoming conferences that may be of particular interest. Read more…
Promotion & Tenure
Congratulations to those promoted and awarded tenure in 2014! Read more…
huangCongratulations to Dr. Colin (Ye) Huang, a specialist in Therapeutic Medical Physics, for passing the American Board of Radiology.
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Shout Our for Stellar Performance
Thank-YouOn behalf of myself and the whole radiation oncology team, I wanted to give a big “Shout Out” to Debra Wright and Linda Owens for their recent efforts in organizing and managing the Residency Interviews held on May 19th, 2014. They worked very hard and their efforts paid off with a smooth process for all involved. Thanks again to everyone involved! Appreciatively, Feng-Ming (Spring) Kong, MD
PGA Social Hour
pgaThe GRU Cancer Center Postdoctoral Graduate Association is hosting a PGA Social Hour. Come join us at Mi Rancho’s in Downtown Augusta (2 8th St, Augusta, GA 30901), Friday, June 13th at 6pm.
Care means more than medicine: Serving the Survivor

Director's Corner: Samir N. Khleif, MD
“The good physician treats the disease. The great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” Sir William Osler

How do we define the care we provide? What is, as a Cancer Center, our responsibility in terms of treatment? While the answer may seem easy, that we are charged with managing care and welfare through every step of the patient’s experience at the Cancer Center, the reality is deeper and much more significant.
The people we see and treat are not just patients while at the Cancer Center. They are our patients for the rest of their lives.

Treating cancer is not about treating a disease. It’s about treating a patient. And while the medical aspect is certainly a primary piece of our purpose, it’s important to remember that addressing a patient’s health also means addressing their well-being. Cancer affects people. It affects the ways they approach their life both during and after treatment. For us to offer them a hearty handshake and farewell at the door when treatment is complete is tantamount to doing half a job. Our responsibility lasts much longer. We treat patients, but we also, quite happily, are increasingly called on to help survivors find their footing in a post-treatment world.

Have you Heard…?

  • Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board Gets an Inside Look
    On Wednesday, June 4, the GRU Cancer Center hosted a private tour and reception for the Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board members…to show local decision makers the facilities and explain how they are used, as well as introduce them to the scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals that are working to build the GRU Cancer Center into something extraordinary… >> Continue reading
  •  Faculty Honored at 2014 Investiture Ceremony
    The Investiture Ceremony is among the oldest of traditions in academia… Today this ceremony marks a celebration of those esteemed faculty members who have become honored and constant representatives of the University and members of the University family. >> Continue reading
  • Sowing and Reaping with Seed Money
    The internal development awards program of the GRU Cancer Center announced the recipients of its first themed opportunity – for collaborative research – two years ago this month….The Cancer Center has issued a total of six funding opportunities, including a current one supporting joint cancer research projects with the University of Georgia (UGA) Cancer Center, with winners to be announced later this summer. >> Continue reading


Grant News

  • Huidong Shi, PhD, received a 2-year, $361K R21 grant from NIH/NCI for “Epigenetic regulation of T-cell dysfunction in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.”Project Narrative:Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common adult leukemia in the US, and it remains incurable.  Half of CLL patients die not from CLL per se, but from disease-induced immune dysfunction and subsequent infections.  As seen with CLL leukemic cells, the enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) can induce a state of immunosuppression that causes increased susceptibility to infections and failure of anti-tumor immune responses.  IDO inhibitors are currently in clinical studies, as an attempt to rectify immune function in CLL patients.  Dr. Shi’s group aims to determine epigenetic alterations in immune cell dysfunction in CLL and to identify biomarkers associated with clinical responses to the IDO inhibitor 1-MT. This translational research will study samples collected from an investigator-initiated, open-label, phase I/II trial of 1-MT in relapsed/refractory CLL patients. The overall goal is to understand molecular mechanisms responsible for CLL immune dysfunction and to promote the development of effective immunotherapy against the disease.


  • Theodore S. Johnson, MD, PhD, received an NIH R13 Research Conference Grant in the amount of $6500 to support the “Career Development and Increasing Diversity in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology” conference, which occurred May 14-17, 2014 in Chicago.Project Narrative: Ethnic minorities, women, and other diversity groups are under-represented in leadership positions for medical specialties and pediatric subspecialties, including Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.  Working together, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) leadership and general membership are using a variety of approaches to advance diversity issues within ASPHO.  This R13 supported a diversity-oriented workshop during the 2014 ASPHO annual meeting to develop Strategies for Increasing Workforce Diversity in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and address the barriers to entry and advancement for trainees and professionals with diverse backgrounds so that they can become successful leaders.  A key addition to this year’s workshop was the expansion of trainee travel awards to include sponsorship of not only fellowship trainees with diverse backgrounds, but also under-represented junior trainees (medical students and residents) who were paired with faculty “guides.”  These guides helped ensure that the sponsored trainees were able to optimize their conference experience.  Guides also provided point-of-contact and mentorship within the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology as trainees begin to make career development plans following the conference.


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