4/29/15: Faculty vs. Residents basketball game

iStock_000001823115XSmallMark your calendars: The annual Faculty vs. Housestaff basketball game will take place Wed., April 29 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Optional warm ups begin at 6:00 pm and the game will start at 6:30 pm.

Residents who are interested in playing should contact Nick Rohrhoff.

Faculty can sign up with Harvey Cohen or Anthony Galanos.

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Security alert: Tax fraud and identity theft

With tax filing season winding down, there have been numerous stories in the press regarding tax fraud resulting from identity theft, including a small number of cases affecting Duke employees that are currently being investigated.

Read a Duke IT security alert, and review recommendations for protecting your tax records with the IRS, at http://security.duke.edu/tax-fraud-identity-theft.

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No April meeting of Medicine Research Conference

Reminder: Medicine Research Conference is off in April – many professional meetings conflict, so the April 24 session has been canceled..

The next presentation will be Friday, May 29, 2015 by Katie Garman, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medcine (Gastroenterology). Dr. Garman will present New Models of Esophageal Injury and Repair.

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Grand Rounds 4/24/15: Developing Drugs to Cure Hepatitis C: An FDA Perspective

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., April 24 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature Sarah Connelly, MD, senior medical officer, Division of Antiviral Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA.

Dr. Connelly will present Seeking the Holy Grail – Developing Drugs to Cure Hepatitis C: An FDA Perspective.

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)

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Neurology article about Alzheimer’s suppression makes waves

A new publication by Duke researchers about their groundbreaking research in Alzheimer’s is making waves this week.

The article, Arginine Deprivation and Immune Suppression in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease, appears in the Journal of Neuroscience. It has been featured by TIME, BBC, CBS News and other media.

First author is Matthew Kan, MD, a doctoral student in the Medical Scientist Training Program Dr. Kan works in the lab of Michael Gunn, MD, professor of Medicine (Cardiology).

Kan coauthored the article with Carol Colton, MD, professor of Neurology, and others.

Here’s how Dr. Colton explains the research:

Part of our discovery is understanding that immunosuppression/repair can be as deadly as immunodefense when prolonged in a chronic disease. But, these two immune responses work through different mechanisms to kill. Arginase is upregulated as part of the repair phase of the immune response and uses arginine as its sole substrate. The heart of the matter is that arginine is needed for proper neuron function, and that removal of arginine starves the neurons in a way that makes them misfunction (disease) and eventually die. Since arginase is upregulated in the disease, we can block arginase which may be more effective to block disease than it is to increase arginine substrate levels.

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Staff members Johnson, Pendergraph recognized at Presidential Awards ceremony

Sara Johnson, administrative manager in the Division of Gastroenterology, received a Presidential Award, one of the highest Duke honors given to staff and faculty members for outstanding job performance and distinctive contributions.

Johnson was praised for her ‘can-do attitue’ and dramatic impact over her short time with the division.

Sandra Pendergraph, business manager in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was among 15 Duke employees who received a 2014 Meritorious Award for their contributions to Duke University and Duke University Health System.

Read more about both awards.

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5/14/15: Hamilton to present history of Duke Infectious Diseases

The Medical Center Library & Archives will host a talk by John D. Hamilton, MD, professor emeritus of medicine (Infectious Diseases), at noon on May 14.

Dr. Hamilton will present “The History of Infectious Diseases at Duke in the 20th Century,” based on his recently published book.

The talk will be held in Room 102 of the Medical Center Library & Archives. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

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Grand Rounds 4/17/15: The Future of Interventional Pulmonology

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., April 17 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature Greenfield Visiting Professor Daniel Sterman, MD, FCCP, Thomas & Suzanne Murphy Professor of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine; director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine; director, Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Oncology Program, NYU Langone Medical Center/NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Sterman will present The Future of Interventional Pulmonology.

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)

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