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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.

February Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists and researchers whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. Pets at Duke is featured as are Paolo Goffredo, MD; Michaela Dinan, PhD; and many more.

Duke Therapy Dog Receives Winners Award At 2015 Westminster Dog Show

The youngest contestant, Portree’s Waiting On A Friend, better known as Sam, won the Winners Award at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. “Although Sam didn’t make it to the final round of competition, he was a champ among his seasoned competitors,” said Sandra Towne, Sam’s owner and...

LeBlanc Receives AAHPM Inspirational Leader Award

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has named Thomas W. LeBlanc , MD, MA, a 2015 Inspirational Leader Under 40. “Through innovation, education, mentoring and clinical care, these individuals are enhancing care for seriously ill patients and their families,” said academy...

Wood To Receive The 2015 Liz Tilberis Early Career Award

Kris Wood, PhD, assistant professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, has been named to receive the 2015 Liz Tilberis Early Career Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). Launched in 2000 to honor OCRF’s late president Liz Tilberis, the award is given to junior faculty demonstrating a...

Duke Receives $10 Million to Continue Developing Blood-Based Radiation Test

Duke has received a $10.4 million contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), to continue research into the development of a blood test to measure radiation exposure. The test, which is now being developed under the leadership of Nelson Chao, MD, MBA, chief of...

We Help Tomorrow's Superstars Stand On The Shoulders Of Giants

Rising stars and renowned leaders alike come to Duke's global front-runners in science, medicine and technology. Led by Mark Dewhirst , DVM, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Mentoring, the School of Medicine’s Office for Faculty Mentoring launched the Academy of Mentors in the summer of 2014. This...

DCI Faculty Releases Gripping Memoir

In 1993 Neil Spector, then an oncologist and cancer researcher at an institution elsewhere, found his life spiraling downward – once the picture of health, he began to experience debilitating symptoms, including cardiac arrhythmias, excruciating fatigue and joint pain. After several tests proved...

Shared Resource: Optical Molecular Imaging and Analysis

Of all the resources available to aid in cancer research, luciferase–a group of enzymes responsible for the bioluminescent activity of fireflies and other glowing animals–seem like an unlikely candidate. Yet at the DCI’s Optical Molecular Imaging and Analysis shared resource , luciferase is fueling...

January Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists and researchers whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Rachel Blitzblau, PhD; Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS; Arif Kamal, MD; and many more.

President Obama Details Precision Medicine Initiative

During today's State of the Union Address, President Obama announced the launching of a new initiative that will help deliver the "right treatment to the right patient at the right time." Precision medicine will provide medical professionals with the resources required to target the specific...

Students Make Indelible Mark Against Cancer

They say there's nothing sweeter than revenge. With that in mind, the Blue Devils vs. Cancer DCI Student Ambassadors plan to make their indelible mark against cancer hosting the fourth annual Sweet Night in Durham at The University Club of Durham on Friday, Jan. 30. The dessert tasting social...

Duke Law Offers FREE Legal Services To DCI Cancer Patients

Duke Law, the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono, offers free legal services to Duke Cancer Institute patients. Services include drafting legal documents, such as power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, living will and HIPAA release forms. “Duke law students, under the direction of a...

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