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.

High School Student Adds Cancer Awareness To Curriculum

Brittany Kirby, 17, was devastated when she lost her grandmother, Joan Gregg, in June to uterine cancer. Kirby was just four years old when her grandmother received her first diagnosis of cancer – colon cancer. Tenacious and resolute, Joan beat her cancer – not once, but twice. In June, however,...

Eight Up-And-Coming Scientists Recognized At 2014 DCI Scientific Retreat

The Duke Cancer Institute hosted its second annual scientific retreat Friday, Nov. 14, at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco District in Durham. The event, which was attended by almost 300 investigators and faculty, recognized eight up-and-coming scientists, all of whom spoke on their latest research...

Pickens Appointed Administrator For DCI

On Monday, Nov. 17, Lori Pickens , MHA, was appointed administrator for the Duke Cancer Institute and vice president of Oncology Services for Duke University Health System (DUHS). Pickens had been serving as an interim in both roles since July 1. “I am delighted to have Lori now formally in the...

November 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 Kimberly Blackwell, MD; Arif Kamal, MD; Annick Desjardins, MD; and many more.

Local Businesses Offer Prizes For Movember Mustache Contest

In recognition of Movember, the month formerly known as November, many DCI men are growing out shaggy mustaches to help raise awareness about men’s health issues. Established in 2003, the Movember Foundation is dedicated to accelerating breakthroughs in prostate cancer research that will benefit...

He's Just Gotta Run

Marathon runner Tom O’Donnell says he doesn’t run to go fast. He says he has a battle on his hands and he’s got to be in the best shape possible if he’s going to live life to the fullest. O’Donnell, 51, fights a formidable foe. After an MRI in 2009, O’Donnell’s neurologist told him he had a...

Shared Resource: Proteomics

According to the National Cancer Institute, the greatest hope for the prevention and treatment of cancer exists in the understanding of molecular basis for disease initiation, progression and effective treatment based on the discovery of unique biomarkers. Cancer genomics provides much insight but...

Malugen is Top Fundraiser for Making Strides

Congratulations to Kim Malugen, DCI Survivorship Center, who has been named the DCI's top fundraiser for this year's Making Strides Raleigh, presented by the Duke Cancer Institute. As the DCI's top fundraiser, Malugen won an Apple iPad Air 2, an incentive prize donated by Best Buy to the DCI.

Gromeier Receives 2014 Young Investigators Award

Matthias Gromeier, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery) and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, poses with the 2014 Young Investigators Award, presented to him in October by Darell D. Bigner, MD, PhD, director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. In honor of his outstanding...

Clinical Team Lead Receives Friends of Nursing Award

Since 1998 Friends of Nursing has championed the careers and professional development of more than 1,000 Duke University Health System nurses. Each year Friends of Nursing hosts an annual gala in which “extraordinary” nurses from throughout the health system are recognized and awarded educational...

Tulsky Receives American Cancer Society Award

James A. Tulsky, MD, chief of Duke Palliative Care and professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University, has been named the 2014 recipient of the American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award. The national award, presented October 21 at the Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Research...

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 Nelson Chao, MD; Richard Riedel, MD; Donald McDonnell, PhD; and more.