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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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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, 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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Duke, UNC to collaborate in fight against Alzheimer’s disease

The Duke University and the University of North Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Research Collaborative (Duke/UNC ADRC) brings together leading researchers in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias across two major research institutions. Together, the Duke/UNC ADRC aims to catalyze and support research, innovations in clinical care and academic work force development (with North Carolina Central University, East Carolina …

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, October 2020


This September, members of the Duke Neurology Department contributed to 26 new studies, advancing our knowledge of neuroscience at the subcellular, national, and global levels. Ornit Chiba-Falek, PhD, and Laurie Sanders, PhD, lead studies that answered questions about the genetic origins of Parkinson’s disease and its connection to some forms of breast cancer. Meanwhile, Ying …

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, June 2020


New research from the Duke Neurology Department advanced our understanding of neurological diseases and patient care at the basic science, translational, and clinical levels. Among other topics, our faculty, trainees, and staff found evidence for virtual reality’s potential in neurorehabilitation, tested a wearable device that can help better identify seizures, and reviewed how our understanding …

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Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Scaglione, PhD

As a graduate student, Matthew Scaglione, PhD, became interested in how the body made and destroyed proteins–and how these processes could go wrong in neurodegenerative disease. Now, as an assistant professor at Duke, his research straddles the intersections between neurology, molecular genetics, and microbiology to better understand how we might be able to develop treatments …

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