DCI Blog


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.

Becher Named To Receive 2015 Young Physician-Scientist Award

The American Society For Clinical Investigation (ASCI) has named Oren J. Becher , MD, to receive the 2015 Young Physician-Scientist Award. Initiated in 2013, the award recognizes young physician-scientists who at the time of their nomination are supported by any NIH K award or equivalent, are early...

Annual St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving Raises $26,000

The 2015 St. Baldrick’s Foundation annual head-shaving benefit was hosted on Friday, March 20, at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. The event, which was organized by Jessica Heath, MD, and Waitman Aumann, MD, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Duke Children’s Hospital, attracted...

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.

Duke Wrestling Team Ditching Mat To Spring For Support

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program is ready to Spring For Support with their annual 5K run and walk. Recently, the Duke Wrestling team, coached by Glen Lanham, produced a video demonstrating their enthusiastic participation and support. "Both my parents and mother in law passed away from...

Erin Wood Featured On ABC Affiliate

The Triangle's ABC affiliate aired a story March 12 featuring Ivy Altomare, MD, and DCI IT analyst Erin Wood. Wood was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in 2006. Learn more about her courageous battle and her valiant efforts to raise awareness and support research by going to WTVD ABC 11...

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...

Penne To Receive Excellence in Surgical Oncology Award

The Oncology Nursing Society has named Kara Penne, RN, MSN, ANP, AOCNP, to receive the 2015 ONS Excellence in Surgical Oncology Award. Penne, 40, a resident of Bahama, North Carolina, is a surgical oncology team lead in Clinic 3-2 of the Duke Cancer Center. She is being recognized for her expertise...

For Her, Duke Is A Family Affair

Tumor Registrar Retires After More Than 44 years of Dedicated Service Deborah “Debbie” Belvin joined Duke University Hospital in 1970 when she was just 18 years old. Her grandmother worked at Duke as did her mother, father and also her sister. After graduating from high school in Durham, it only...

Soprano To Perform With Chamber Orchestra

Soprano Andrea Edith Moore, daughter of cell therapy and hematologic malignancies specialist Joseph Moore, MD, has been named a featured soloist for this year’s Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (COT).

ABC 11 To Feature DCI's Altomare And Wood

On Wednesday, March 4, Caitlin Knute, co-anchor for the ABC11 Eyewitness News weekend morning newscasts, visited the Duke Cancer Center to speak with Ivy Altomare, MD, and Erin Wood about the upcoming CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K. Both women are involved in both planning and fundraising for the event...

February 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. Pets at Duke is featured as are Paolo Goffredo, MD; Michaela Dinan, PhD; and many more.

Duke Therapy Dog Receives Winners Award At 2015 Westminster Dog Show

The youngest contestant, Portree’s Waiting On A Friend, better known as Sam, won the Winners Award at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. “Although Sam didn’t make it to the final round of competition, he was a champ among his seasoned competitors,” said Sandra Towne, Sam’s owner and...