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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.

Pre-Clinical Translational Research Unit

Led by Greg Palmer, PhD, chief director, and Gabi Hanna, MD, executive director, the Duke Pre-clinical Translational Research Unit provides Duke Cancer Institute members the opportunity to perform critical in vivo experiments in a semi-independent laboratory, with input and oversight from experts...

Shared Resource: Primary Tumor Cell Culture

A developing CCSG Shared Resource, Primary Tumor Cell Culture (PTCC), is creating hundreds of new primary malignant and normal epithelial cell lines. These additional cell lines will provide for novel investigations, including those involving cancer subtypes. “For many cancer researchers, the...

Shared Resource: Information Systems

Duke Cancer Institute Information Systems (DCI-IS) is a shared resource comprised of personnel and sophisticated computer software that process or interpret information to support clinical, translational and basic biomedical research. “Our mission is to provide comprehensive computational support...

Shared Resource: Transgenic and Knockout Mouse

Transgenic mice genetically engineered to develop cancer is a relatively new technology first realized during the 1980s. Since that time genetically modified mice have been used extensively in research as models for human disease. Knockout mice lacking tumor suppressing genes make for good models...

Shared Resource: Integrative Cancer Genomics

The Integrative Cancer Genomics Shared Resource assembles Duke’s vast genomic technologies, enabling comprehensive consultation, seamless management of complex projects spanning multiple services, enhanced operational flexibility and economies of scale for support services. “About two years ago,...

Shared Resource: Behavioral Health & Survey Research Core

Most of the Duke Cancer Institute’s shared resources offer a glimpse into a smaller world, whether by allowing researchers to better understand the shape of organic compounds, isolate and sort particular cells of interest, or track the growth of tumors in animal models. The Behavioral Health and...

Shared Resource: Investigational Chemotherapy Service Lab

The Investigational Chemotherapy Service is one of two labs making up the Pharmaceutical Shared Resource. Putting a new cancer medication through the early stages of clinical trials is an intimidatingly complex process. A proper dosage regimen must be tailored for every patient. Medications may...

Shared Resource: PK/PD Core Lab

Please Note: The PK/PD Core Lab is one of two labs making up the Pharmaceutical Research Shared Resource. Click here to read about the Investigational Chemotherapy Service, the other half of the Shared Resource. Developing a cancer treatment requires understanding two related subjects:...

Shared Resource: Biospecimen Repository Processing Core

Around the world, volunteers save thousands of lives by donating everything from organs, blood, platelets, and even bone marrow to patients in need. Patients at the Duke Cancer Institute are making their own life-saving impact by making a more unusual donation–cancerous tissue removed during...

Shared Resource: Biostatistics

In many ways, rocket science has nothing on cancer research. Rocket science is firmly based on the reproducible domain of physics. Rockets and fuels can be replicated en masse, and identical rockets will fly the same distance the first time as they do they do the thousandth. But most cancer...

Shared Resource: NMR Spectroscopy

Even at the molecular level, life doesn’t sit still. In the real world, organic biomolecules are a far cry from the static, simplified models often depicted in high-school or college biology courses. They are fast-moving, jittery structures that spin, change shape and bounce off each other. Ongoing...

Shared Resource: Isolation Facility

More than 40 years ago, the fledgling Cancer Center Isolation Facility (CCIF) shared resource received a windfall of equipment thanks to an unlikely source: a U.S.-Soviet peace treaty banning biological warfare. In 1972 Darell Bigner, MD, PhD, now the scientific coordinator of the CCIF, was a young...

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