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Gregory Honored for Breast Cancer Gene Discovery

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By Alissa Kocer In December 1995, the work of over 40 researchers culminated with a landmark publication in Nature. The team had discovered a second breast cancer susceptibility gene: BRCA2. Their discovery revolutionized cancer research and screening in breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers and has impacted millions of people’s lives in the years since. One member …

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Calakos Receives 2023 ASCI Korsmeyer Award

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The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) has awarded Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD, its 2023 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award. The Korsmeyer Award recognizes outstanding achievements of ASCI members in advancing knowledge and mentoring future generations of life science researchers. Calakos received this award for her contributions to understanding basal ganglia physiology and its involvement in …

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DCNN Research Round Up, December 2022

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Members of the Duke Neurology Department and Duke Center for Neurodegeneration and Neurotherapeutics advanced the fields of clinical and translational neuroscience this November, contributing to 16 new peer-reviewed studies. Highlights include an article providing insights into how mild traumatic brain injury can contribute to Parkinson’s disease co-authored by Andrew West, PhD , the 68th entry …

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, August 2022

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Members of the Duke Neurology Department contributed to eight articles and two correspondence letters published in peer-reviewed journals this July. The subjects of these publications include an analysis of the “gender gap” for treatment of acute stroke, a discussion on challenges and opportunities in academic research on structural racism and health care,and a review of …

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Postdoc Spotlight: Ziyong Liu, MD, PhD


Zhiyong Liu, PhD, learned about the devastating effects neurodegenerative diseases have on patients and their families firsthand during his senior year of college, when he worked in a clinical research lab. Now, as a postdoctoral associate within the lab of Andy West, PhD, he’s performing translational research to develop new treatments for one of those …

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, January 2022


Research authored by members of the Duke Neurology Department published during the final month of 2021 advanced our knowledge of stroke, epilepsy, dystonia, and other conditions. Highlights from the eight peer-reviewed journal articles our faculty contributed to this December include an analysis of the optimal approach to manage blood pressure among patients with stroke co-authored …

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, February 2022


The first month of 2022 saw the publication of 18 new peer-reviewed journal articles from members of the Duke Neurology Department. Highlights include new articles providing insight into the origins of Parkinson’s disease by Andrew West, PhD, a Lancet Neurology discussing the epidemiology, diagnostics, and  biomarkers of autoimmune neuromuscular junction disorders, case reports describing the …

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Duke-led teams awarded $18 million to study Parkinson’s disease

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Researchers at Duke University School of Medicine have been selected to lead two inter-institution team grants totaling $18 million to investigate Parkinson’s disease. The awards from the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative position Duke as a national leader in understanding the origins and development of this devastating movement disorder. Duke’s coordinating lead investigators for …

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, August 2021

This July, new research from the Duke Neurology Department answered questions about the subcellular origins of itching, how COVID-19 is affecting people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, what factors influence people eligible for epilepsy surgery to move forward with the procedure and topics. The paragraphs below summarize the 11 articles appearing in peer-reviewed publications from our …

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, May 2021


Members of the Duke Neurology Department advanced the fields of clinical, translational, and basic neuroscience this April with 14 new peer-reviewed studies. Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD, was the senior author of a new study in Science that  expands our understanding of the integrated stress response in the brain and how it influences learning and memory. …

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