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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.

Cancer Drugs Speed Airway Repair in Lungs Damaged by Bacterial Infections

Cancer drugs are able to halt life-threatening bacterial lung infections in mouse models by promoting lung repair, researchers at Duke Health have found. Reporting in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team said that if the findings are confirmed in human...

Anders Named Medical Director For DCI Center For Brain & Spine Metastasis; Joins Breast Oncology

Medical oncologist Carey Anders, MD, has been appointed medical director for the DCI Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis and has joined the Breast Medical Oncology group. She has also been named a Translating Duke Health (TDH) Scholar by the Duke University Office of the Chancellor. Previously,...

Cancer Cells Steer a Jagged Path

A jagged little protein appears to be a key to how cancer stem cells differentiate and enable metastasis, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute and Rice University. Rice scientists who have formed several theories on how cancer grows and spreads connected the dots for a more...

Inaugural Cohort in National Clinician Scholars Program Named at Duke, VA  

Three physicians, including cancer researcher Marcelo Cerullo , MD, PhD, and two post-doctoral nurses will comprise the inaugural cohort for Duke’s National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). The cohort represents the first group of interdisciplinary medical researchers selected for the newly...

Campus Club To Tour Rubenstein Arts Center

Join Duke Campus Club on Tuedsay, Jan. 8, for a tour of Duke University’s Rubenstein Arts Center (2020 Campus Drive, Durham). The newly opened 70,000-square-foot center for the performing and visual arts helps enhance and sustain the creative arts culture at the university. The Ruby, as it is...

December Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features Nadine Barrett, PhD; Mitchell Horwitz, MD; Michael Morse, MD; John Strickler, MD; Will Eward MD, DVM; and many...

Pour House To Host Benefit Concert For Local Mom With End-Stage Cancer

**NOTE: The Dec. 9 event was postponed due to inclement weather. The benefit event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15. Singer Louis Waymore, the Pour House Music Hall and the band Johnny Folsom 4 will host All You Need Is Love at the Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh this Sunday. The benefit...

Fourth Annual C3O Symposium Slated For February

The Consortium for Canine Comparative Oncology (c3o), a collaboration between Duke Cancer Institute and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will host its Fourth Annual Canine Comparative Oncology Symposium on Friday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Durham...

Scheri Named Director of Endocrine Neoplasia

Randall P. Scheri, MD, associate professor of Surgery and chief of Endocrine Surgery, has been appointed the director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Endocrine Neoplasia disease group. "In his new role as director of the Endocrine Neoplasia disease group, Dr. Scheri will help to expand the breadth of...

For North Durham Nurses, Mentorship Comes Full Circle

Starting around age eight, whenever she had a snow day or holiday, Kelly Murray, CNA, would come to work with her mother Nicki Coates, RN, OCN, CNIII. Murray would volunteer to pass out candy and sit and talk with cancer patients. Aside from a brief childhood dream of being a professional soccer...

Rossitch Named Administrative Director For GI, Sarcoma And Melanoma

Eugene Rossitch III, MHA, has been named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Gastrointestinal (GI), Sarcoma and Melanoma disease groups. In his new role, Rossitch will provide overall administrative leadership for the groups. “We are pleased that Eugene has accepted the role of...

Home For Christmas

There was a chill in the late November air, but only warmth in Ashley Reaves Linden’s room in the cancer ward on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when Joe Newberry, one of Ashley’s favorite bluegrass musicians, stopped by to sing her an early Christmas carol. “Snow falls round the manger, love melts it away,...

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