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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

Eward Receives Hyundai Hope On Wheels Award

William Eward , MD, DVM, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been named to receive a 2017 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Award, a $250,000 Hyndai Scholar grant. Eward treats complex sarcomas in both humans and animals. His laboratory focuses on comparative oncology — cancer discoveries made by...

Gersbach Named Allen Distinguished Investigator

$1.5 million research award will help develop epigenetic tools to explore complex behaviors and diseases Charles Gersbach , PhD, the Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, has been named an Allen Distinguished Investigator by the Paul G. Allen Frontiers...

Survivor Gets Jumpstart On Making Strides

The sky was clear. The sun was bright. And Angie Vega and her husband Dave Izquierdo were in high spirits. Right up near the stage at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, they were animated and sociable. Laughing, Angie posed for photos. She was decked out in a...

June Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Andrew Armstrong, MD; Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD; and Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD.

Shared Resources Moving Locations

Sequencing & Genomic Technologies and Proteomics & Metabolomics core facilities are moving locations in mid-July. Two of Duke’s Center for Genomic and Computational Biology’s (GCB) core facilities, Sequencing & Genomic Technologies and Proteomics & Metabolomics , will move into the...

DCI Receives 2017 ACCC Innovator Award

Duke Cancer Institute is among 10 cancer centers named by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) to receive its 2017 Innovator Award. "These forward-thinking Cancer Program Members have created innovative strategies for the effective delivery of cancer care," announced the ACCC. Through...

Young Survivor Rebounds From Bladder Cancer

Ever since he was a young boy growing up in Virginia, Anthony Willard, 30, has been a fan of Duke men's basketball. As a young man, he imagined he might one day make the 3.5-hour drive south to Durham, North Carolina, to catch a game. He never expected that instead he’d be traveling to Duke for...

Duke Raleigh Cancer Center To Host Survivorship Day

Duke Raleigh Cancer Center will host its annual Cancer Survivors Day on Friday, June 9, at 5 p.m. in the Duke Raleigh Gardens (adjacent to the cancer center). The event, designed for patients, their families, friends and caregivers, is a celebration for cancer survivors, a means to inspire and...

Therapy App Aims To Bust Stress

A cancer diagnosis can bring on feelings of anxiety, such as worry, fear, and sadness. For some, the feelings do not subside but worsen to affect daily life. When this happens a patient may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder usually associated with traumatic events...

New Tech Promises Easier Cervical Cancer Screening

"Pocket colposcope" removes need for speculum, may enable self-screening Duke University researchers have developed a handheld device for cervical cancer screening that promises to do away with uncomfortable speculums and high-cost colposcopes. The “pocket colposcope” is a slender wand that can...

Patients Quit At Duke

Most smokers have tried to quit. They know it’s one of the best things they can do for their health. But ask any smoker — quitting isn’t easy. According to the American Cancer Society, the nicotine in tobacco is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and...

Physician-Scientist Looks To Environment For Clues To Bladder Cancer

Matt Vitale, a computer lab engineer for Dell Inc., was only 42 years old when he was diagnosed in 2004 with bladder cancer, the fourth most common cancer in men but a cancer that predominantly affects people in their ‘60s and ‘70s. Then a weight trainer and amateur pilot, Vitale, who for the next...

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