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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.

Overall Cancer Mortality Continues To Decline

Annual Report to the Nation: Overall cancer mortality continues to decline; Special section on adults ages 20 to 49 shows higher cancer incidence and mortality for women than men The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that, for all cancer sites combined, cancer death...

'Angels Among Us' Funds Research, Celebrates Hope

Every spring, come rain or come shine, patients, survivors, caregivers, loved ones, and Duke faculty and staff gather at the Angels Among Us 5K and Walk of Hope to celebrate hope and raise funds to fight brain cancer. In its 25-year history, the event has raised nearly $25 million for the cause...

C3O Drills Down On The Canine-To-Human Biomedical Pipeline

While there have been many successes with newer chemotherapies, targeted therapies, and immunotherapies, many cancer types in the human population don’t respond well to therapy. Of those disease types that do, the short-term and long-term toxicities to the body can be quite significant. There’s a...

Angels Among Us Raises Record $2.3 Million

More than 4,000 participants attended the 25th Annual Angels Among Us 5K on Saturday, April 28. Together, they raised a record $2.3 million to support the brain tumor research at Duke. "We are very grateful for the support we experienced this year," said Ellen Stainback, director of external...

Sampson Elected to AAP

Co-leader of the Duke Cancer Institute Neuro-Oncology Research Program John Sampson, MD, PhD, has been elected to the Association of American Physicians , an honor given to those who have attained excellence in the pursuit of medical knowledge and its application to clinical medicine to improve...

Brain Tumor Center Names New Director

David M. Ashley, PhD, was recently named director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. He succeeds Darell Bigner, MD, PhD, who became director emeritus on Feb. 1. Before leaving Australia to join Duke in 2017 as professor of neurosurgery and director of the pediatric neuro-oncology...

Ashley Awarded V Foundation Grant for Poliovirus Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded David Ashley, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, a three-year $600,000 grant for his proposed research project “Poliovirus-Instigated APC Responses Against BRaf (V600E) for Pedatric Brain Tumor Immunotherapy.” In July 2017 Ashley was named director of Pediatric Neuro...

"Angels" Gather to Support Brain Tumor Center

More than 4,000 participants from across the U.S. came together on Saturday, April 29, to show support and raise funds to ensure ongoing brain cancer research at The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (PRTBTC). The 24th annual Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk, organized by Ellen...

Brain Tumor Survivor Moms Are Angels Among Us

Behind every team photo and supportive hug at the annual Angels Among Us 5K and family fun run are stories of personal struggle and hope, love and new friendship. New teams form. Old ones dissolve. And some, persistent and resolute, stay in it for the long-haul. For a third year, two women, both of...

Tackling Human Brain Tumors by First Growing Them in a Dish

Duke and UNC researchers receive CTSA Consortium Collaborative Pilot Award to develop a new way to study cancer For doctors and patients, the fight against cancer can be a lot like an exceedingly tricky version of the classic arcade game of whack-a-mole. You might beat back a tumor or part of a...

Tumor-Seeking Salmonella Treats Brain Tumors

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have recruited an unlikely ally in the fight against the deadliest form of brain cancer — a strain of salmonella that usually causes food poisoning. Clinicians sorely need new treatment approaches for glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer...

Poliovirus Trial for Pediatric Brain Tumors Funded

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Matthias Gromeier, MD; Eric Thompson, MD; and Darell Bigner, MD, PhD; received a check for $208,408 from The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (The B+ Foundation) and Solving Kids’ Cancer (SKC) in honor of Steph Bader, a 13-year-old-girl who passed away from glioblastoma. The...

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