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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.

Get In The Game! Know Your Scores!

Get in the game — know your scores. Duke Cancer Institute and its partner, Lincoln Community Health Center, will offer FREE prostate cancer screenings on Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1. Men between the ages of 45 and 75, who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer, are encouraged to...

New Appointments: SoM Clinical Research Leadership

Adrian Hernandez, MD , has been named the new vice dean for clinical research for the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez will begin his service as vice dean on September 5, 2017. As vice dean for clinical research, Dr. Hernandez will have direct responsibility for advancing the...

August 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 Tian Zhang, MD; Arif Kamal, MD, MHS; Kim Slusser, MSN, BSN; Fumiko Chino, MD; and many others.

Annual Golf Tournament Raises Money for Duke Raleigh Cancer Center

For the ninth year in a row, Jim Hourigan and Jerry Whalen made a trek to the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center with a check in hand. Every year since 2009, the pair has organized a golf tournament to honor Jerry’s late wife (“Midge”), and donated the proceeds to Duke Raleigh. To date, they have donated...

Hanks Team Awarded $500,000 to Study Immunotherapy Resistance

A team of Duke Cancer Institute researchers led by Brent Hanks, MD, PhD, has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant from Merck & Co., Inc., to investigate clinical biomarkers of immunotherapy resistance in melanoma. Hanks is the principle investigator of the group that includes Bala...

Couple weds at Duke Cancer Center

Two employees exchanged their vows last weekend in the place where their love story began – the Duke Cancer Center. Marquette Jeffery, a coordinator at the Belk Boutique in the Duke Cancer Center, married Johnnie McGill, a security guard for Duke University Hospital in the first-ever wedding to be...

Gold Nanostars and Immunotherapy Vaccinate Mice Against Cancer

By combining an FDA-approved cancer immunotherapy with an emerging tumor-roasting nanotechnology, Duke University researchers improved the efficacy of both therapies in a proof-of-concept study using mice. The potent combination also attacked satellite tumors and distant cancerous cells, completely...

Lab Tests Show Molecule Appears to Spur Cell Death in Tumors, Inflammation

A drug-like molecule developed by Duke Health researchers appears to intercede in an inflammatory response that is at the center of a variety of diseases, including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. The molecule, called Takinib, works on a cell-signaling protein called tumor...

Ask The Experts: What Is Sarcoma?

Duke Cancer Institute, in partnership with the Sarcoma Foundation of America, will host a patient education conference, What is Sarcoma?, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Patients, caregivers and survivors will have an opportunity to submit...

Nurse Found Sugar's Sweet Reward Carries Bitter Price

Heather Ebron, RN, BSN, OCN, a clinical nurse II working in Triage, knows what it is to care for others, but when a summer mission trip took her to one of the most impoverished areas in the world, she said she learned quickly she had a lot more to learn about life, love and caring. "Nothing...

Fifth Annual Scientific Retreat (10.27.17)

The 5th Annual Scientific Retreat will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham. The O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture, in honor of Dr. Michael Colvin, Director Emeritus of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor...

Biscuit Showdown Raises Record $15,625

The Big Biscuit Showdown, featuring 13 teams of chefs from Rise Biscuits & Donuts, was held Thursday, July 27, at The Rickhouse in Durham. The benefit event, which paired original biscuit fare with local brews, raised funds to benefit Give 1 For Dad, a Durham-based charity supporting a clinical...

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