October Newsmakers


Duke Departments

Duke Climate Commitment Funding Launches Climate and Health Projects (Duke Today)
Features Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD

“Let him die. He caused it”: A qualitative study on cancer stigma in sub-Saharan Africa (Duke Global Health Institute)
Awardee Judith Mwobobia (Duke Research Blog)
Features Judith Mwobobia, MSc Global Health student

Learning about human cancer from fruit flies (Duke NUS)
Features Deng Qiannan, Wang Hongyan, and Patrick Casey, PhD

Kornbluth Named President of MIT (Duke Today)
Features Sally Kornbluth, PhD

Nursing Float Pool: Ready to Answer the Call (Duke Today)
Features Tonya Durham

Developing New Tools to Fight Cancer (Duke Med Alumni News)
Features Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD; Steven Patierno, PhD; Tamara Watts, MD, PhD; Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD; Daniel George, MD; John Strickler, MD; Matthew McKinney, MD; Scott Antonia, MD, PhD; Trudy Oliver, PhD; Sandeep Dave, MD; and Jennifer Freedman, PhD.

Randles Wins $3.5M NIH Pioneer Grant Award (Duke University School of Medicine)
Features Amanda Randles, PhD
WATCH: Inflammatory Breast Cancer Signs (Duke Health)
Features Jerremy Force, DO

WATCH: DCI Breast Team Encourages Mammograms in Video for Patients During Breast Cancer Awareness Month (DCI Facebook/Duke Health)
Features: Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH; Markita Wright, LPN; Karen Johnson, MD; Maggie DiNome, MD; Samantha Verruto, PA-C; Laura Rosenberger, MD; Gretchen Kimmick, MD; Emory Gray, MD; Connie Kim, MD; Rex Bentley, MD; Jackie White, MSN, AGPC, NP; Kathryn Trotter, DNP, FAANP; Jennifer Plichta, MD, and many more

DCI Joins Women's Health Awareness Event at NC Central (via Twitter/Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS)
Features Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS; LaSonia Barnett, MA; Connie Kim, MD; Kendra Parrish, DO

DCI Blog

“Luck Favors the Prepared Mind”: Two MBC Drug Discoveries Emerge from the McDonnell Lab into the Clinic
Features Donald McDonnell, PhD; Suzanne Wardell, PhD; and Erik Nelson, PhD

A Test of Strength at DCI Strike Out Sarcoma Event
Features Brian Brigman, MD, PhD; Will Eward, MD, DVM; Kate Ericson, NP; Nicole Mouser, RN, BSN; Colleen Forbes, RN, BNS, ONC; Pam Pennigar, FNP, MSN

Reigniting the White House Cancer Moonshot:DCI Docs Blaze a National Trail in Breast & GynOnc Cancers
Features Brittany Davidson, MD; Haley Moss, MD, MBA; Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, MSc; Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS; Carolyn Menendez, MD; Michael Kelley, MD

DCI Rings Nasdaq Opening Bell
Features Duke Supportive Care & Survivorship Center; TYAO; Amy Deshler; Kristy Sartin; Liz, Peter, and Bobby Menges

Mechanism Identified for Drug Resistance in Glioblastoma Brain Tumors
Features John Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA, and William H. Tomaszewski, PhD

Dent Honored by Intl. Cardio-Oncology Society
Features Susan Dent, MD

Cancer Center Founder William Shingleton Remembered; Four DCI Supporters Honored
Features Dan George, MD; Georgia Beasley, MD; and William Warner Shingleton, MD

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like an Algorithm
Features Bruce Donald, PhD

Kastan Named 2022 Failla Award Winner
Features Michael Kastan, MD, PhD, and Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD

WATCH: What's Best for Breasts? A Conversation with Clinicians
Features Dorothy Lowell, MD; Susan McDuff, MD; Nadia Alguilera-Funez, BA; LaSonia Barnett, MA; Sydney Record, MD Candidate 2023; Kendra Parrish, DO; Maggie DiNome, MD; Rebecca Knackstedt, MD, PhD; Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS; Laura Rosenberger, MD; Jackie White, NP; Hannah Woriax, MD; Jeffrey Marks, PhD

Eyler Awarded NCI K08 for Rectal Cancer and RadOnc Research
Features Christine Eyler, MD, PhD

NCI Award to Kirsch Lab Renewed
Features David Kirsch, MD, PhD

DCI Researchers Launch DREAM Trial
Features Brent Hanks, MD, PhD, and April Salama, MD

Reitman Awarded NCI K08 Career Development Award
Features Zach Reitman, MD, PhD

Halabi Receives Janet L. Norwood Award
Features Susan Halabi, PhD


Building a Rainbow out of Bricks: NC woman's push for breast cancer research is personal (Raleigh News & Observer)
Features Jeremy Force, DO, and Pam Kohl

The hardest word: Study finds doctors, families avoid saying ‘death’ (Rochester (MN) Post Bulletin)
Features Monica Lemmon, MD

Medical moment: New surgery for prostate cancer (WNDU NBC-16, South Bend)
Features Terence Wong, MD, PhD

The 50 best hospitals across America (MSN (NZ))
Features Duke Regional Hospital

Everything You Need to Know About HER2+ Breast Cancer Including How to Find Support Post-Diagnosis (sheknows.com)
Features Gretchen Kimmick, MD, MS

How to Mentally (and Physically) Cope with a Breast Cancer Diagnosis (sheknows.com)
Features Gretchen Kimmick, MD, MS

Local patient shares cancer journey at Duke’s Inflammatory Breast Cancer Clinic (CBS 17)
Features Jeremy Force, DO

Komen Research Summit reveals great progress, challenges in the fight against breast cancer (WRAL NBC-5)
Features Donald McDonnell, PhD

Cure for breast cancer near, says leading Irish scientist (The Irish Times)
Features Donald McDonnell, PhD

Company uses nutrition and science to help battle cancer (Denver Ch. 7)
Features Jasan Locasale, PhD


Duke biomedical engineers develop a two-pronged approach to treating pancreatic cancer (News Medical Life Sciences)
Features Ashutosh Chilkoti, PhD

Telisotuzumab Vedotin Shows Promising Antitumor Activity in Certain Patients with NSCLC (Targeted Oncology)
Features John Strickler, MD

JNCCN staff, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Margaret Tempero & Editorial Board members welcome 5 new Associate Editors (JNCCN Twitter)
Features Andrew Armstrong, MD, MSc

Long-Term Impact of Omidubicel Shows Durable Responses (Blood Cancers Today)
Features Chenyu Lin, MD

These health systems offer 'hospital-at-home' programs (Becker’s Hospital Review)
Features Duke Health

Metastatic prostate cancer: Investigators ponder new path to improve survival (Cancer Therapy Advisor)
Features Judd Moul, MD, and Daniel George, MD

Prostate Cancer CTC PSMA Status Could Guide Therapy (Renal and Urology News)
Features Andrew Armstrong, MD, MSc

Personalis Forms Research Collaboration to Better Predict Immunotherapy Response for Gastroesophageal Cancer (Biospace)
Features Andrew Nixon, MD

Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccine Advised for MSM Living With HIV (Medscape)
Features Mehri S. McKellar, MD

Who is At Risk For Metastatic Breast Cancer? (Patient Power)
Features Jeremy Force, DO, and Pam Kohl

Dr. Strickler on the Importance of Targeted Therapies in HER2+ mCRC (OncLive)
Features John Strickler, MD

Vaccine Holds Promise to Improve Outcomes for MBC Patients (Susan G. Komen)
Features Zachary Hartman, PhD

WATCH: Surviving Breast Cancer (TouchBBCA: The Black Breast Cancer Alliance)
Features Valarie Worthy, MSN, RN


TTBK2 controls cilium stability by regulating distinct modules of centrosomal proteins Molecular Biology of the Cell Nov 2, 2022 Abraham Nguyen and Sarah C. Goetz

Neuronal CaMKK2 promotes immunosuppression and checkpoint blockade resistance in glioblastoma Nature Communications Oct. 29, 2022 William H. Tomaszewski, Jessica Waibl-Polania, Molly Chakraborty, Jonathan Perera, Jeremy Ratiu, Alexandra Miggelbrink, Donald P. McDonnell, Mustafa Khasraw, David M. Ashley, Peter E. Fecci, Luigi Racioppi, Luis Sanchez-Perez, Michael D. Gunn & John H. Sampson

Phase Ib Study of Telisotuzumab Vedotin in Combination With Erlotinib in Patients With c-Met Protein–Expressing Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer Journal of Clinical Oncology Oct. 26, 2022 D. Ross Camidge, MD, PhD; Fabrice Barlesi, MD, PhD; Jonathan W. Goldman, MD; Daniel Morgensztern, MD; Rebecca Heist, MD, MPH; Everett Vokes, MD; Alex Spira, MD, PhD; Eric Angevin, MD, PhD; Wu-Chou Su, MD; David S. Hong, MD; John H. Strickler, MD; Monica Motwani, PhD; Martin Dunbar, PhD; Apurvasena Parikh, PhD; Elysa Noon, PhD; Vincent Blot, PhD; Jun Wu, MD; and Karen Kelly, MD

Diversity and transparency in gynecologic oncology clinical trials Cancer Causes & Control Oct. 25, 2022 Mary Katherine Montes de Oca; Elizabeth P. Howell; Daniel Spinosa; Hope Knochenhauer; Benjamin J. Peipert; Eric Severson; Shakti Ramkissoon; Tomi F. Akinyemiju; Rebecca A. Previs

Brachytherapy Via a Depot of Biopolymer-Bound 131I Synergizes With Nanoparticle Paclitaxel in Therapy-Resistant Pancreatic Tumours Nature Biomedical Engineering Oct. 19, 2022 Jeffrey L. Schaal, Jayanta Bhattacharyya, Jeremy Brownstein, Kyle C. Strickland, Garrett Kelly, Soumen Saha, Joshua Milligan, Samagya Banskota, Xinghai Li, Wenge Liu, David G. Kirsch, Michael R. Zalutsky & Ashutosh Chilkoti

Parafibromin governs cell polarity and centrosome assembly in Drosophila neural stem cells PLOS Biology Oct. 12, 2022  Qiannan Deng, Cheng Wang, Chwee Tat Koe, Jan Peter Heinen, Ye Sing Tan, Song Li, Cayetano Gonzalez, Wing-Kin Sung, Hongyan Wang

How to Manage and Monitor Cardiac Dysfunction in Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer JACC: CardioOncology Sept. 2022 Susan Dent, MD; Heather Moore, PharmD; Priyanka Raval, MD; and Laura Alder, MD; Avirup Guha, MD, MPH

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