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.

Patient's Story Inspires Teen To Raise Awareness

My father, Dan George, is a urinary cancer doctor, so I grew up meeting different patients of his, going to exotic places where his research conferences were held, and talking with his staff at their Christmas parties. I never really understood what cancer was or how it affects people, I just knew...

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...

Local Barber Offering FREE Shave Downs

Last year, MoDukes raised almost $20,000 in support of the Movember Foundation, an international non-profit dedicated to accelerating breakthroughs in prostate cancer research. Every November 1 men around the world are asked to shave down in preparation for a hairy month ahead in which they will...

Modrich Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Duke Cancer Institute's Paul L. Modrich, PhD, James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry; Tomas Lindahl, MD, PhD, of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in the UK; and Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have been named recipients of the 2015 Nobel...

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...

Let It Rain! You Might WIN!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." And we agree -- so much so, we're teaming up with Amy Blackburn ,* who in an effort to help boost our fundraising totals, is donating one of her beautifully monogrammed raincoats. For every $50 donated...

Hwang Interviewed By Time Magazine

Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH, surgical oncologist with Duke Cancer Institute, is a featured spokesperson in an October Time Magazine cover story on changes in breast cancer treatment, which includes active surveillance.

Duke Helps To Launch "Race To Quit" Campaign

The North Carolina Alliance for Health, QuitLineNC and more than 50 other statewide patient and physician groups, health care systems, local health leaders and nonprofits today launched “Race to Quit, NC.” The new campaign – which is centered around awareness statewide events being held the week of...

DCI Development: Executive Director's Report

As the landscape of medical finance continues to shift, the need to cultivate philanthropic support is becoming increasingly more pertinent. Duke Cancer Institute (DCI), like most of its peer institutions, is committed to expanding development efforts to address changes in how academic medical...

September 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 features the Duke Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program and also includes Angeles Secord, MD and many more.

Diversity Training Sessions On Tap For Fall

How would you react if you were a health-care provider and heard two colleagues talking about feeling uneasy with seeing another co-worker in a burka? What if, instead of the burka, the two colleagues were talking about a co-worker’s weight? Alternatively, how would you react if a co-worker told...