August Newsmakers

This Month on the DCI Blog

Oliver Joins DCI from Huntsman Cancer Institute
Features Trudy Oliver, PhD

Belanger Joins DCI as Associate Director, Research Operations
Features Stefanie Belanger, MHA, CCRP

Leukemia Drug Shows Potential Against Breast Brain Metastasis
Features Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD

Homegrown 'Just Ask' Program Rolls Out Nationally
Features Nadine Barrett, PhD

Nuclear Medicine at Duke Garners National Recognition
Features Terence Z. Wong, MD, PhD

DUH Ranked Best Cancer Hospital in Southeast, in Top 25 Nationally
Features Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, and Robin Famiglietti, PhD

TURNING 20! Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run (9.24.22)
Features Andrew Berchuck, MD

"Hell, we were scared": A Family Cancer Journey
Features Hannah Sasser

Butler Joins DCI Human Resources
Features Elizabeth (Liza) Butler

Eight DCI Nurses Honored with Duke FON Awards
Features Stephanie M. Hess, MSN, RN, CRN; Kristin Strickland, BS, RN-BC; *Ramona R. Basnight, DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Alicia Blue, MSN, RN; Susan D. Bruce, MSN, RN, AOCNS; Mary Susan Moss, MA, BSN, RN, OCN; Terri Page, RN, CHPN; Caroline Rhodes, BSN, RN

Basnight Named ACNO, DCI Oncology Services, Wake County
Features Ramona R. Basnight, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Darr Named Associate Director of Administration, DCI
Features David Darr

Learn More About Stomach Cancer Treatment & Prevention (9.17.22)

STUDY: Lower Area-Level Income & Education Linked to Greater Likelihood of Advanced Lung Cancer Diagnosis
Features Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD

Brain Tumor Study Highlights Differences Among Hispanics
Kyle Walsh, PhD


Duke Cancer Institute testing drug approved to treat leukemia that could help some breast cancer patients, new study shows (CBS-17)
Features Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD

A Family in the Future: For Young Adults Diagnosed with Breast Cancer: A look at the treatments that can impact your fertility and your options to preserve it (Conquer)
Features Caroline Dorfman, PhD

A ray of sunshine on their worst day, N.C. teen spreads hope to cancer patients (Spectrum News)

The topic of cancer: How two years of trial and error to eradicate a global pandemic helped break down silos, refocus resources and pave a promising new path in the battle against cancer (Triangle Business Journal)

ICYMI at Duke

NEW TECH: Oxford Nanopore Technology GridION — Putting More Bases in Their Places (Duke Biostatistics)
Features Beth Sullivan, PhD

School of Medicine Faculty Win 2022 DST Launch Seed Grants (Duke University School of Medicine)
Features Shelley Hwang, MD

Project Brainslice Launches New Website Showcasing Tri-institutional Team (Duke Radiation Oncology)
Features Scott Floyd, MD, PhD

WATCH: Passion, Purpose & Partnership — The 3 P's of Community Engagement (CTSI, DCI COEE, Duke University School of Medicine, Duke Office of Civic Engagement educational series)
Features Angelo Moore, PhD, RN, and Meira Epplein, PhD

Duke Researchers Develop Prediction Model for Opioid Prescribing Following Gynecological Surgery (Duke Obstetrics & Gynecology/ JAMA)
Features Brittany Davidson, MD, MS; Laura J. Havrilesky, MD, MHSc; Julia Salinaro, MD; Karen Monuszko, MD; Ashraf S. Habib, MBBCh, MSc, MHSc; J. Eric Jelovsek, MD, MMEd, MSDS

EPA Grant Will Support New Study of PFAS in Homes (Nicholas School of the Environment)
Features Kate Hoffman, PhD

Learning Cancer’s Impact on Mental Health in Kenya (Duke Global Health Institute)
Features Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, PhD, MPH

White Glove Service for Brain and Spine Metastasis Patients (Duke University School of Medicine)
Features Peter Fecci, MD, PhD, Michael Kastan, MD, PhD, Cary Anders, MD, Scott Floyd, MD, PhD, Tom Hopkins, MD, MBA, Natalie Ashley, RN, Scott Pollard, MSW, BSN, RN, Betsy Fricklas, PA-C, MMSc, Brice Painter, PA-C, MHS

Challenge Accepted by New Cohort of Duke Science and Technology Scholars (Duke University School of Medicine)
Features Trudy Oliver, PhD

Patz Honored at World Lung Cancer Conference (Duke University School of Medicine)
Features Edward (Ned) Patz, MD

Duke Breast Surgeon Develops New Cancer Reporting Template (Duke Surgery)
Features Laura Rosenberger, MD, MS

Learning Cancer’s Impact on Mental Health in Kenya (Duke Global Health Institute)
Features Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, PhD, MPH

Chen Lab Awarded 3rd NIH RO1 Grant (Duke Pathology)
Features Ming Chen, PhD

Dr. Lopez Receives Clinical Scientist Development Award for Oligodendroglioma Research (Duke Pathology)
Features Giselle Lopez, MD, PhD

Dr. Young Awarded NIH/NCI Grant in Hematology/Oncology Field (Duke Pathology)
Features Ken H. Young, MD, PhD

New Endo-Oncology Program is Reducing Wait Times and Hospital Admissions (Duke Dept. of Medicine)
Features Afreen Shariff, MD

Dr. Glass Approved as DCI Full Member (Duke Pathology)
Carolyn Glass, MD, PhD

Drs. Factor and Jeck Approved as DCI Associate Members (Duke Pathology)
Features Rachel Factor, MD, and William Jeck, MD, PhD

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Marc Caron (memorialized in Duke Today and the journal Nature)


ABL kinases regulate translation in HER2+ cells through Y-box-binding protein 1 to facilitate colonization of the brain Cell Reports August 30, 2022 Courtney M. McKernan, Aaditya Khatri, Molly Hannigan, Jessica Child, Qiang Chen, Benjamin Mayro, David Snyder, Christopher V. Nicchitta, Ann Marie Pendergast

Enfortumab Vedotin Plus Pembrolizumab in Previously Untreated Advanced Urothelial Cancer Journal of Clinical Oncology August 30, 2022 Christopher J. Hoimes, DO, Thomas W. Flaig , MD, Matthew I. Milowsky , MD, Terence W. Friedlander , MD, Mehmet Asim Bilen, MD, Shilpa Gupta , MD, Sandy Srinivas, MD, Jaime R. Merchan , MD, Rana R. McKay , MD, Daniel P. Petrylak , MD, Carolyn Sasse , Blanca Homet Moreno, MD, PhD, Yao Yu, PhD, Anne-Sophie Carret , MD, Jonathan E. Rosenberg , MD

Initial Longitudinal Outcomes of Risk-Stratified Men in Their Forties Screened for Prostate Cancer Following Implementation of a Baseline Prostate-Specific Antigen World Journal of Men's Health August 16, 2022 Zoe D. Michael,Srinath Kotamarti, Rohith Arcot, Kostantinos Morris, Anand Shah, John Anderson, Andrew J. Armstrong, Rajan T. Gupta, Steven Patierno, Nadine J. Barrett, Daniel J. George, Glenn M. Preminger, Judd W. Moul, Kevin C. Oeffinger, Kevin Shah, Thomas J. Polascik, and for the Duke Cancer Institute Planning Committee for Prostate Cancer Screening.

Spatial biology analysis reveals B cell follicles in secondary lymphoid structures may regulate anti-tumor responses at initial melanoma diagnosis Frontiers in Immunology August 15, 2022 Aaron D. Therien, Georgia M. Beasley, Kristen E. Rhodin, Norma E. Farrow, Douglas S. Tyler, David Boczkowski, Rami N. Al-Rohil, Eda K. Holl and Smita K. Nair

The role of adjuvant chemotherapy in the management of acute promyelocytic leukemia differentiation syndrome Frontiers in Oncology August 3, 2022 Dominic LaBella, Samuel Regan, Heiko Konig, Daniel N. Egan, Neil A. Bailey, Raya Mawad, Morgan Gilbert, John M. Pagel, and Jeffrey J. Pu

The Association between a Decrease in On-Treatment Neutrophil-to-Eosinophil Ratio (NER) at Week 6 after Ipilimumab Plus Nivolumab Initiation and Improved Clinical Outcomes in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Cancers June 21, 2022 by Yu-Wei Chen; Matthew D. Tucker; Landon C. Brown; Hesham A. Yasin; Kristin K. Ancell; Andrew J. Armstrong; Kathryn E. Beckermann; Nancy B. Davis; Michael R. Harrison; Elizabeth G. Kaiser; Renee K. McAlister; Kerry R. Schaffer; Deborah E. Wallace; Daniel J. George; W. Kimryn Rathmell; Brian I. Rini; Tian Zhang

Glycerate from intestinal fructose metabolism induces islet cell damage and glucose intolerance Cell Metabolism June 9, 2022 Yanru Wu; Chi Wut Wong; Eric N. Chiles; Allyson L. Mellinger; Hosung Bae; Sunhee Jung; Ted Peterson; Jamie Wang; Marcos Negrete; Qiang Huang; Lihua Wang; Cholsoon Jang; David C. Muddiman; Xiaoyang Su; Ian Williamson; Xiling Shen

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