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February 11: Biden tours Duke lab, promotes cancer advances, Raleigh News & Observer; CANCER MOONSHOT’: Biden touts Triangle’s leadership in ongoing battle, Durham Herald-Sun.

February 10: Two Duke Neurosurgery researchers will be recognized at the 84th Annual AANS Scientific Meeting (April 30-May 4, 2016) for their winning abstracts. Kristen Batich will receive the Stryker Neuro-Oncology Award and John H. Sampson, MD, PhD, FAANS, will receive the National Brain Tumor Society Mahaley Award.

February 10: Vice President Biden visits Duke Health for a roundtable discussion on the future of cancer research and treatment. Dr. John Sampson, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, serves as facilitator. Coverage on WRAL, WNCN, WTVD.

February 1: In a new O, The Oprah Magazine series, Theresa Williamson, MD, a resident physician in the department of neurosurgery at Duke University School of Medicine, shares her advice from the front lines. Do This to Get Better Care From Your Doctor.

January 12: Duke became the first hospital in NC to offer Parkinson's patients deep brain stimulation while asleep, thanks to new technology. WTVD, the local ABC affiliate in Durham, NC, covered the story with Dr. Nandan Lad and his team: Duke uses new technology to make brain surgery easier for patients.

December 15: Duke magazine features Duke neurosurgeon and alum, Dr. John Sampson, in A Brain for Business: MBA training helped Duke neurosurgeon John Sampson build a premier department

December 15: In this NBC Nightly News story, Dr. John Sampson offers comment about a study showing a device being tested in glioblastoma patients that can add months to their life: Experimental Headgear Extends Lives of Patients with Brain Cancer

December 4: WRAL, the local CBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC, ran the following story about  Dr. Isaac Karikari's work with scoliosis patients: New surgical approach available for scoliosis patients. Karikari uses a combination of imaging and Integrated Global Alignment (IGA) software in his surgeries for complex scoliosis patients. (A similar story ran on WTVD).

December 4: NPR interviewed Dr. Michael Haglund for their story, The World Is A Safer Place-Except Where It's Not, about the falling rates of deadly/debilitating personal injuries world-wide.

November 26: WTVD, the local ABC affiliate in Durham, NC, ran the following story about Dr. Isaac Karikari's work with scoliosis patients: Duke surgeon brings scoliosis relief. Karikari uses both intra-operative CAT scans and Integrated Global Alignment (IGA) software in his surgeries for complex scoliosis patients.

Trying A New Pulse for Pain Relief: A CTSA-supported collaboration at Duke explores new spinal cord stimulation message to improve treatment of chronic pain. Nandan Lad, a Duke neurosurgeon, and Warren Grill, a professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology, are partnering to reprogram electrical stimulators to deliver pulses in a new way.

The June 2015 issue of Sky, the onboard magazine for Delta Airlines, includes a feature story on cancer innovations. Dispatches from Cancer's Front Lines, quotes Dr. John Sampson, chief of neurosurgery.

Duke Neurosurgeon Awarded for Global Health Endeavors

Michael Haglund, professor of neurosurgery, neurobiology and global health, has received two major national awards for his global health work. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health recognized him with its Drs. Anvar and Pari Velji Global Health Education Award in March, 2015. In May, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons recognized Haglund with its 2015 Humanitarian Award. Haglund is the first neurosurgeon in North Carolina to receive this award.

CBS News and 60 Minutes Highlight Duke Brain Tumor Therapy

  • CBS News: How the polio virus is being used to fight cancer
  • 60 Minutes (full segments to air March 29): 60 Minutes follows brain cancer patients at Duke University in the first clinical trial, two of whom now show no signs of cancer


Dr. John Sampson was interviewed by several major news outlets about his, and many other Duke authors, Nature article detailing the benefits of tetanus toxoid injections to the dendritic CMV vaccine therapy of patients with GBM.

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Dr. John Sampson has been named the recipient of the 2015 Abhijit Guha Award by the Society for Neuro-Oncology and the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. The award honors an accomplished investigator who has achieved significant results both in the laboratory and the clinic, and has actively mentored the next generation of neuro-oncology professionals.

Fernando Gonzalez and Ali Zomorodi conduct the recent endovascular Flow Diversion Course. The inaugural course attracted attendees from as far away as Japan to learn about this new technique. Read all about it here.

Read a new article in the Journal of Neurochemistry by Dr. Darell Bigner, Dr. John SampsonDr. Francis Ali-Osman, and colleagues: "Proteomic profiling of patient-derived glioblastoma xenografts identifies a subset with activated EGFR: Implications for drug development."

Kudos to Dr. Stephen Keir, who received a grant from Merk KGaA for “Evaluation of c-Met Inhibition in Brain Tumors.”


Congratulations to Dr. Nandan Lad, who was awarded a grant from Medtronic Inc. for “Prospective, Randomized Study of Multicolumn Implantable Lead Stimulation for Predominant Low Back Pain.” Dr. Lad also recently participated in a recent study of 1,757 patients which found that older Parkinson's patients have no higher risk for complications after surgery to implant deep brain stimulation devices.

Duke neurosurgeon Ali Zomorodi performs endoscopic surgery to remove a teenager's pituitary tumor and restore her vision.

Immunotherapy is the subject of Dr. John Sampson's new interview with the National Brain Tumor Society.

In a new webcast, Duke neurosurgeon John Sampson and radiation oncologist John Kirkpatrick discuss the various metastatic brain tumor treatments available today. Their conversation spans the benefits, limitations, and indications for surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, and whole-brain radiation therapy, as well as patient characteristics that affect treatment selection.

From OR to writers' room: spine surgeon Oren Gottfried's profile in Duke Today reveals a complex character.


“Oncolytic Poliovirus Therapy of Malignant Glioma” earned Dr. Matthias Gromeier a grant from the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation.


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Innovation and Opportunity: Duke Neurosurgery Residency Program The Duke Neurosurgery Residency Program is a seven-year program that offers three positions annually. For 2015 the program has been extensively augmented and reimagined to maximize learning potential in a collaborative environment that optimizes patient care. See what's new in our Innovation and Opportunity issue (PDF).

A new video offers an in-depth look into the  Duke Neurosurgery Residency Program by those who recently reinvented it.




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