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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.

With New Center, DCI Tackles Brain Metastasis Head-On

During the summer of 2016 Dave and Lisa VanTress retired from their jobs in Syracuse, New York, and headed south to the sunny shores of South Carolina, where they could be close to family and indulge their passion for fishing. They bought a townhouse in Little River, a five-minute drive to the...

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...

Heitman Receives ASCI Award

Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD , is the recipient of the 2018 American Society for Clinical Investigation’s (ASCI) Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award for his key contributions to the understanding of how eukaryotic microbial pathogens evolve, cause disease, and develop drug resistance; and his discovery of TOR...

Chocolatier Turned Oncology Research Coordinator Sweetens The Day For Patients At Caring House

Most people indulge in some sort of hobby — dipping into this and dipping into that. However, for Diane Pinder, a clinical research coordinator, her love of chocolate is more than just an indulgence — it is another way she’s found to reach out and care for others. Pinder, one-time chocolatier, and...

Research Oncology Team Turns The Tables On Obligatory Gift-Giving Tradition

What do you give to someone who has just about everything he or she needs? After years of giving what had become the “same ol’, same ol,’” the Genitourinary Research Oncology Team decided to add a twist to the annual obligatory tradition. Armed with a heart for others, the group wrapped up the...

Fayanju Addresses StrongHer TogetHer Forum (2.24.18)

Duke Cancer Institute breast surgical oncologist Oluwadamilola "Lola" Fayanju will join Vernetta Alston (Durham City Council member) and Deria P. Hayes (interim pro bono director at North Carolina Central University School of Law) later this month as featured speakers at a Women of Durham program...

Valentine's Candy-Grams for Sale to CRUSH Colorectal Cancer

It's that time of year again to share the love. One of Duke Cancer Institute's CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K Run/Walk teams — the GI Clinical Trials Team: Partners with Painters in Awareness of CRC (PIA's) — is selling Valentine's Day candy-grams in support of this year's forthcoming walk, to be held...

February Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Nelson Chao, MD; Pamela Bowman,BSN, RN, OCN; Tian Zhang, MD; Cristina Gasparetto, MD; and many others.

Barrett Appointed To Serve As ACCC Trustee

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, inaugural director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities (OHED), has been appointed to serve as a trustee on the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ Board of Trustees. “The ACCC’s leadership and staff appreciate the work that you have done...

McCall Contributes to ISBER Best Practices

Shannon McCall, MD, co-founder and director of the BioRepository And Precision Pathology Center (BRPC) shared resource at Duke Cancer Institute, has contributed to the 4th edition of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories’ (ISBER) Best Practices. Published on...

Sample Named Assistant Vice President, Clinical Programs

Laura Sample, MHA, has been named assistant vice president for Duke Cancer Institute’s clinical programs. In her new role, she will serve as the senior leader for the administrative functions of the disease-based programs, providing oversight for the development of strategic business plans focused...

Oncology Nurses Serve Up Meals Warming Body And Soul

Whether on the job, at home or beyond, compassion seems to be an essential characteristic that comes naturally for most nurses. Nowhere is this illustrated better than through the team of nurses manning Clinic 3-2 at Duke Cancer Center. When thoracic oncology medical assistant Suzanne Matkins, CMA...

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