Funding opp: Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is seeking nominations of junior-faculty candidates to apply for its Clinical Investigator Award program.

That program supports the most promising early career physician-scientists willing to devote their efforts to the development and application of new diagnostic approaches and therapeutic strategies for cancer and cancer prevention through clinical investigation.

The award will provide $450,000 over three years in financial support for the investigator’s scientific needs. In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt owed by the awardee.

Institutional deadline: Please watch the this Duke Funding Opportunities page for deadline information; external deadline is Feb. 17, 2015.

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by · Posted on October 30, 2014 in Funding · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Rao named to ASH scientific committee on myeloid neoplasia

Arati Rao, MD, associate professor of medicine (Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy) has been named to the American Society of Hematology Scientific Committee on Myeloid Neoplasia, which focuses on the biology and treatment of myeloid malignancies.

Dr. Rao is a practicing geriatric oncologist, with clinical and research interests that include age-related changes in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

The invitation to join the ASH committee, said David Rizzieri, MD, professor of medicine (Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy) and section chief of the Hematological Malignancies Program, “is further recognition for Arati’s impact nationally on the care of these patients both within the geriatric field as well as new agent development.”

by · Posted on October 27, 2014 in Cellular Therapy · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Funding opp: Innovation Pilots RFA for 2014

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation has announced its next funding cycle for demonstration pilots of emerging ideas and innovation projects.

The RFA is open to submissions on November 3, 2014, and the deadline for submitting applications is December 5, 2014.

Proposed demonstration projects should address actual and important problems encountered by care providers, patients and their loved ones in the Duke University Health System, and represent urgent health challenges nationally.

For the upcoming funding cycle, DIHI is specifically interested in the following areas:

  • Reducing medical complications and improving care transitions
  • Innovations in primary care, and
  • Population health and analytics.

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by · Posted on October 26, 2014 in Funding · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Grand Rounds 10/31/14: Primary care interventions

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., Oct. 31 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature David Edelman, MD, associate professor of medicine (Division of General Internal Medicine).

Dr. Edelman will present Challenges in Implementing Primary Care Interventions.

Watch from your desk: If you can’t make Medicine Grand Rounds this week, click here to watch a live stream (just enter your Duke Net ID and password).

by · Posted on October 26, 2014 in General Internal Medicine, Grand Rounds · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Medicine Research Conference 10/31/2014: Phuong Doan on hematopoietic stem cell fate

Medicine Research Conference returns Fri., Oct. 31 at 12 p.m. in Duke Hospital 2002 with a presentation by Phuong Doan, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy).

Dr. Doan will present Epidermal Growth Factor Signaling Regulates Hematopoietic Stem Cell Fate.

Lunch will be provided. Presentation begins promptly at noon.

Medicine Research Conference is a monthly presentation of outstanding research in the Department of Medicine and is designed to foster new initiatives and collaborations among our faculty.


Video from the presentation live or after the fact on the Department’s new video catalog (log in with your NetID).

The full schedule for Medicine Research Conference: Jan. 30: Brent Hanks; Feb. 27: Katie Garman; March 27: Christina Barkauskas.
by · Posted on October 26, 2014 in Cellular Therapy, Medicine Research Conference · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Peppercorn to return to Massachusetts General to direct hospital survivorship program

Jeffrey Peppercorn, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine (Medical Oncology), will be leaving Duke effective December 2014 to join the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Health System, where he will serve as director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Survivorship Program.

During his affiliation with the Duke Cancer Institute, Dr. Peppercorn helped launch the new Duke Cancer Institute Survivorship Center, while also continuing his focus on oncology bioethics and health policy research.

In a message to faculty and staff of the Duke Cancer Insitute, James Abbruzzese, MD, chief of the Division of Medical Oncology, and Kimberly Blackwell, MD, director of the Duke Breast Cancer Program, praised Peppercorn as an excellent clinician, colleague and mentor, and as one who will be greatly missed.

Peppercorn is returning to his personal and professional roots in Boston, having lived in the Boston area for over 30 years before his move to North Carolina in 2005. He completed his internal medicine residency at MGH and fellowship in hematology/Oncology in the Dana-Farber/Partners fellowship program.

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Tulsky receives Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award

James Tulsky, MDJames Tulsky, MD, professor of medicine (General Internal Medicine) and nursing and chief of Duke Palliative Care, has been named the 2014 recipient of the American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award.

The society presented Dr. Tulsky with the award October 21 at the Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Research Retreat in Park City, Utah.

The award recognizes outstanding achievements of a professional who has demonstrated remarkable innovation and ingenuity contributing to the advancement of the palliative care field.

Dr. Tulsky received the award for his work on oncologist/patient communication, advocacy for palliative and supportive care research, and contributions to the field’s growth and direction. He also was praised for mentorship of faculty in palliative care research.

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by · Posted on October 22, 2014 in Awards - honors, General Internal Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Duke launches Ebola resources website

Given the rapidly changing national and international response to Ebola, Duke University and Duke Medicine have established a centralized information resource to provide ongoing updates to employees, students, patients and other members of the Duke community.

The Ebola Resources website ( will be updated regularly with new information regarding Duke’s Ebola preparations, plans and policies.

by · Posted on October 22, 2014 in All things Duke, Infectious Diseases · Read full story · Comments { 0 }