Winship Cancer Institute Emory University Atlanta, Georgia
The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (Winship) was established in 1937. Winship became an NCI-designated cancer center in 2009 and is the first and only NCI-designated cancer center in the state of Georgia. Winship is committed to being a transformative leader in integrating cancer care, research, prevention, and education across all of Emory University.
Winship Cancer Institute is dedicated to the integration of innovative clinical and basic science research with patient care for the prevention, treatment, and control of cancer. Committed to a team approach to researching and treating cancer, Winship brings together wide-ranging expertise with scientists, physicians, epidemiologists, nurses, biomedical engineers, and social workers drawn from across the University. Institute membership has grown steadily and includes more than 280 faculty representing 19 departments in the University.
Winship’s four scientific programs encompass: Cancer Prevention and Control, Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics, Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics, and Cancer Cell Biology. Discoveries by basic science researchers in these research programs will become the foundation for breakthroughs in medical treatments and diagnostic technologies for cancer.
Cancer care at Winship is based on a collaborative approach. Experts from different specialties come together to focus on a specific type of cancer and work together to provide the most advanced cancer care. Winship collaborates with community oncologists throughout Georgia so that patients can remain close to home for their care.
A major emphasis at Winship is the clinical trials program. Clinical trials test new treatments and find more effective ways to treat cancer. At Winship, trials are made available not just to patients at the Institute, but throughout the state through a partnership with the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (GA-CORE). These initiatives have resulted in a substantial increase in patients enrolling in Winship’s clinical trials.
Other notable programs at the Institute include the bone marrow and stem cell transplant program, as well as multidisciplinary teams for brain, breast, multiple myeloma, lung, aerodigestive, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary cancers. Winship also participates in cross-cutting initiatives with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, and the Morehouse School of Medicine, among other institutions. Involvement with these organizations and programs provides cancer patients in Georgia with a strong community network of cancer education and care.
There is also a Winship emphasis on outreach, dissemination of research findings, and addressing health disparities, whether due to lack of access to healthcare, inadequate insurance, or disparities experienced due to race, ethnicity, gender, or geographic location throughout the state of Georgia.
* This profile was provided by the Winship Cancer Institute.