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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.

Researchers Solve Mystery Of How ALL Enters the Central Nervous System

A deadly feature of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is its invasion of the central nervous system. ALL in the central nervous system is very difficult to treat, because most drugs are blocked from the organ system due to a "blood-brain barrier" designed to protect the brain. How cancer cells...

Making Pigs Fly? Investigators Up To The Challenge

When Duke Cancer Institute researcher Christopher Pirozzi, PhD, was an intern doing stem cell research in Australia, he spotted a child’s mobile of a pig with wings in one of the director’s offices. He said it embodied exactly what research meant to him — making the seemingly impossible, possible...

DCI Faculty Elected to the ASCI Class of 2017

Five Duke School of Medicine faculty members have been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Class of 2017. Of the five selected, three are members of the Duke Cancer Institute: John Sampson, MD, PhD (Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery); Stefanie...

Ten DCI Faculty Named Duke Health Scholars and Fellows

Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, announced to staff on Wednesday that 38 School of Medicine faculty members have been named Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows. Ten of the named Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows are affiliated with Duke...

August 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 Lisa Tolnitch, MD; Julie Ann Sosa, MD; Terry Hyslop, PhD; Yousuf Zafar, MD; and many more.

July 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 Nadine Barrett, PhD; Francis Ali-Osman, MD; Michael Kastan, MD, PhD; and many more.

June 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 Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MH; Thomas LeBlanc, MD, MA; Jason Locasale, PhD; and many more.

Scientists Block Breast Cancer Cells From Hiding in Bones

Scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute have identified a molecular key that breast cancer cells use to invade bone marrow in mice, where they may be protected from chemotherapy or hormonal therapies that could otherwise eradicate them. Through years of experiments in mice, the scientists have...