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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.

July 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, including Fumiko Chino, MD; Gayathri Devi, PhD; Keith Sullivan, MD; Michael Morse, MD; and many more. It is continuously being updated...

You ARE A Superstar!

Previously awarde d at an annual anniversary celebration in Durham, this year’s Duke Cancer Institute Superstar awards went on the road where three deserving recipients — Stacey Lisi, PharmD; Robin Hardie-Hood, MD; and Alicia Johnson, RN; each hailing from a cancer center located at Duke University...

November 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 Dorothy Sipkins, MD, PhD; Andrew Armstrong, MD; Kevin Oeffinger, MD; and many more.

SAVE THE DATE: Victory Ride

The V Foundation recently announced its second annual Victory Ride To Cure Cancer Will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019. Duke Cancer Institute was named Top Fundraising Team last year, raising more than $20,500. Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director of DCI and honorary team captain of Team...

Prepare To Shine, Superstar

For the first time ever, Duke Cancer Institute will present DCI Superstar Awards in person at cancer centers in Durham and Wake County. In the past, the awards have been presented at an annual celebration held at the flagship cancer center in Durham. “To better reach all DCI faculty and staff, this...

March 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 includes Michael Morse, MD; Daniel George, MD; Gita Suneja, MD, Thomas Stinchcombe, MD; and many others.

The Year Of The Dog

More than one million of the 4.5 million pet dogs in the U.S. that get cancer this year will be brought to the vet by their owners for treatment. Fortunately, as new human therapies for cancer have opened up, expanded treatment options for our four-pawed friends have, too. “Pet owners are very...

With New Center, DCI Tackles Brain Metastasis Head-On

During the summer of 2016 Dave and Lisa VanTress retired from their jobs in Syracuse, New York, and headed south to the sunny shores of South Carolina, where they could be close to family and indulge their passion for fishing. They bought a townhouse in Little River, a five-minute drive to the...

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...

Salama Receives NCI Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

April Salama, MD, interim director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Program, has been named a recipient of one of ten 2017 National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Awards. “Dr. Salama has advanced the melanoma clinical research program at Duke Cancer Institute,...

Mark Dewhirst, “The Human Synapse,” Eases Into Retirement

When a Galapagos tortoise suffering from sarcoma needed help in 1983, zookeepers at the Staten Island Zoo called Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, a young scientist at University of Arizona who had been conducting clinical trials on dogs using radiotherapy. They were hoping radiotherapy might also help the...

Cancer Center Leaders Call for "Robust" NIH Budget

The directors of Duke Cancer Institute, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Wake Forest Cancer Center have jointly written an open letter to Congress calling for what they call a "robust" National Institutes of Health budget. The letter follows: "When members of Congress return to...

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