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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.

Making Pigs Fly? Investigators Up To The Challenge

When Duke Cancer Institute researcher Christopher Pirozzi, PhD, was an intern doing stem cell research in Australia, he spotted a child’s mobile of a pig with wings in one of the director’s offices. He said it embodied exactly what research meant to him — making the seemingly impossible, possible...

September 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 Kevin Oeffinger, MD; Andrew Armstrong, MD; Mark Dewhirst, MD, PhD; and many others.

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.

March 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 Steven Patierno, PhD; Charles Gersbach, PhD; E. Shelley Hwang, MD; Donald McDonnell, MD; and many more.

Prostate Cancer Cells Grow with Malfunction of Cholesterol Control

Advanced prostate cancer and high blood cholesterol have long been known to be connected, but it has been a chicken-or-egg problem. Now a team led by researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute have identified a cellular process that cancer cells hijack to hoard cholesterol and fuel their growth...

McDonnell Receives Career Achievement Award

Donald McDonnell, PhD, has been named by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics ( ASPET ) to receive the 2017 Robert R. Ruffolo Career Achievement Award in Pharmacology . McDonnell is being recognized for his genetic and pharmacological dissection of steroid receptor...

Innovative Research the Focus of DCI Scientific Retreat

Duke Cancer Institute hosted the Fourth Annual DCI Scientific Retreat on Friday, Oct. 28, at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco District in Durham. The event featured the second-annual *O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture, which was presented by Levi A. Garraway, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and...

Duke Nurse Launches Album For A Cure Campaign

Music has always played an important role in Daniel Nickels’ life. Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, he was surrounded by musicians. His mother taught him to play piano when he was young. By sixteen his dad had Nickels shredding a guitar. He would go on to master other instruments, including the...

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.

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.

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 includes Ben Weast; Kimberly Blackwell, MD; Steven Patierno, PhD; and many more.

Duke Investigator To Guest On ABC Affiliate

A recent study published in the journal Science reveals that a byproduct of cholesterol behaves similar to the hormone estrogen, stimulating the growth and spread of most common types of breast cancers. “Obesity is a well-established risk factor for most cancers,” said Donald McDonnell, Ph.D.,...