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.

Brain Tumor Center Names New Director

David M. Ashley, PhD, was recently named director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. He succeeds Darell Bigner, MD, PhD, who became director emeritus on Feb. 1. Before leaving Australia to join Duke in 2017 as professor of neurosurgery and director of the pediatric neuro-oncology...

Ashley Awarded V Foundation Grant for Poliovirus Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded David Ashley, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, a three-year $600,000 grant for his proposed research project “Poliovirus-Instigated APC Responses Against BRaf (V600E) for Pedatric Brain Tumor Immunotherapy.” In July 2017 Ashley was named director of Pediatric Neuro...

New Fall Reads By DCI Faculty Featured

Duke Today compiles a seasonal list of new publications by Duke faculty. Several Duke Cancer Institute members were among those featured in the most recent edition — "New Reads This Fall From Duke Faculty" — including Andrew Berchuck, MD; Gretchen Kimmick, MD; John Sampson, MD, PhD; Darell Bigner,...

August Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Tian Zhang, MD; Arif Kamal, MD, MHS; Kim Slusser, MSN, BSN; Fumiko Chino, MD; and many others.

Poliovirus Trial for Pediatric Brain Tumors Funded

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Matthias Gromeier, MD; Eric Thompson, MD; and Darell Bigner, MD, PhD; received a check for $208,408 from The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (The B+ Foundation) and Solving Kids’ Cancer (SKC) in honor of Steph Bader, a 13-year-old-girl who passed away from glioblastoma. The...

Bigner Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Two novel immune approaches developed at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center to treat deadly brain tumors have received nearly $7 million in funding under the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award program. The award recognizes the work of principal...