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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.

September 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 Kevin Oeffinger, MD; Andrew Armstrong, MD; Mark Dewhirst, MD, PhD; and many others.

Mark Dewhirst, “The Human Synapse,” Eases Into Retirement

When a Galapagos tortoise suffering from sarcoma needed help in 1983, zookeepers at the Staten Island Zoo called Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, a young scientist at University of Arizona who had been conducting clinical trials on dogs using radiotherapy. They were hoping radiotherapy might also help the...

Enlisting A Dog In The Fight Against Cancer

For years, dogs have sniffed-out land mines, rescued earthquake victims, and guided the blind. Today our BFFs are teaming up with us to confront a shared formidable foe — cancer. America’s 83 million pet dogs share our environment, have similar genomes and develop spontaneous tumors much like we do...

Consortium For Canine Comparative Oncology

When it comes to cancer, man and his best friend are not that different. With similar genomes and shared environmental triggers leading to spontaneous tumors, dogs can throw us a bone or two when it comes to unraveling the mysteries surrounding cancer. To promote the collaborative study of human...

The Answer on the Other End of the Leash

Will Eward, DVM, MD, works to find better treatments for a cancer called sarcoma. It makes no difference to him that half of his patients walk on four legs and bark at the doorbell. Eward, an assistant professor of orthopaedics, spends the first part of his week treating dogs at Triangle Veterinary...

October 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; Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH; Paul Modrich, PhD; and many more.

Dewhirst Intern Recognized

As a 2015 Intel ISEF winner, Arjun Arora, 17, was one of six students in the nation to be inducted this year into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors on Sept. 12 at the Thomas Edison National Historic Park in New Jersey. He was awarded the Tommy trophy, named in memory of Thomas...

DCI Teen Research Intern Scores At Science Competition

Arjun Arora isn’t an average 17-year-old kid. While many of his peers may be engaged in typical extra curricula activity – watching television, texting friends, playing computer games or prepping for prom – Arjun Arora is in the lab – a Duke Cancer Institute research lab. “I initially started at...

Dewhirst To Receive Penn Medicine’s John M. Yuhas Award

Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, Gustavo S. Montana Professor of Radiation Oncology, SoM, and vice director for Basic Sciences, DCI, has been named to receive from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania its 2015 John M. Yuhas Award for Excellence in Radiation Oncology. “I am...

April 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 Warren Warren, PhD; Thomas Polascik, MD; Neil Spector, MD; and many more.

March 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 Michael Kastan, MD, PhD; Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD; Matthias Gromeier, MD; and many more.

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...