Faculty and staff from Duke Endocrinology and Duke’s office in Kannapolis are kicking up their heels on the dance floor to raise awareness of diabetes and diabetes research.
The #DiabetesDanceDare is a social media challenge created by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, but the “dare” will continue well into 2017. Organizations, advocacy group and individuals across the country are posting videos of themselves dancing for 23 seconds to represent the rate of diabetes diagnoses in the U.S. — a new diagnosis every 23 seconds. Continue reading Duke Staff Dance to Raise Awareness of Diabetes
Perla Nunes, who leads community engagement and outreach efforts for Duke University’s MURDOCK Study and other research studies based in Kannapolis, received the Service Above Self Award on Thursday from the Rotary Club of Cabarrus County. Continue reading MURDOCK Study leader honored with Service Above Self Award by Rotary Club of Cabarrus County
Duke University has partnered with BioStorage Technologies, Inc. in Indianapolis for storage and management of the biological samples provided by Kannapolis and Cabarrus County residents for the landmark MURDOCK Study.
Study leaders needed to develop an alternative storage option due to the closure of the LabCorp biorepository in Kannapolis this summer, a result of its corporate merger with Covance.
With no other local biorepository option, MURDOCK Study leadership conducted an extensive search process and chose BioStorage Technologies, Inc. for storage and management of the samples. The legacy of our more than 12,200 participants who have made this incredibly important research project possible has been preserved. Continue reading MURDOCK Study partners with BioStorage
In 2014-2015, MURDOCK Study staff enrolled participants in the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medication, and Other Substance Use (TAPS) Tool Study in collaboration with three other groups as part of a consortium under the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This study evaluated screening methods for substance abuse in primary care patients.
Participants from Kannapolis were recruited from primary care practice lobbies and, after initial screening, asked to complete a questionnaire and donate a cheek swab sample. The questionnaire covered topics about the use of substances such as alcohol and tobacco, and answers were corroborated by cheek swab samples. Researchers then compared the percentage of matches between self-reported information and findings from the cheek swabs to current methods of screening substance use in primary care patients.
We are thrilled to share that on Sept. 6, “Performance of the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medication and Other Substance Use (TAPS) Tool for Substance Use Screening in Primary Care Patients” was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The paper describes the hard work contributed by MURDOCK Study staff and collaborators in enrolling 2,000 participants, and highlights a promising new way to detect substance use disorders. The paper was written by Jennifer McNeely, MD, MS and co-authored by Li-Tzy Wu, PhD, professor of psychiatry and professor of medicine at Duke and director of the Mid Southern Node.
Greetings, MURDOCK Study participants!
As you can tell from your newsletter, Duke-Kannapolis has an incredible amount of exciting activity underway, including ramping up new studies and collaborations that will provide not only novel insights into health and disease, but new enrollment opportunities for our participants. Recruitment has begun for the MURDOCK COPD Study, and our team is preparing to open enrollment for a landmark study that will enroll thousands of people in North Carolina and California who have or are at risk of developing cancer or heart disease, as well as healthy volunteers. Look for more information about this breakthrough study soon.
These new research projects based in Kannapolis, along with others that will follow in the coming months and years, are a direct result of the MURDOCK Study, one of the largest and most unique studies of its kind. Your dedication and participation have been crucial to successfully building a community registry of more than 12,200 participants and nearly 460,000 biological samples, available to approved investigators from around the world to advance research and help develop precision health and medicine.
With a successful closeout of enrollment for studies including Healthy Aging, Multiple Sclerosis, and Memory and Cognitive Health the MURDOCK Study is evolving and transitioning into a new phase of disease-specific research using samples and data from existing and future cohorts. We are intently focused on annual follow-up and engaging you, our participants, in how researchers are using your samples and data to address health questions important to you and the local community. We will continue to keep you informed of the many ways that your role as a clinical research pioneer in Kannapolis and greater Cabarrus County is making a difference. We offer heartfelt gratitude for your participation and ask for your continued support by filling out your Annual Follow-Up form every year as part of Project Blue.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who attended the Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest, which drew 251 runners and hundreds of others to celebrate their dedication to health and wellness. The MURDOCK Study team is both proud and humbled to have to opportunity to serve this community.
L. Kristin Newby, MD, MHS
Principal Investigator, MURDOCK Study
Professor, Duke Medicine
The MURDOCK Study celebrated the enrollment closeout of the MURDOCK Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Study with participants and researchers at the NC Research Campus. The event included the launch of Discovery MS by the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) and Simon Gregory, PhD. Discovery MS is a new initiative housed in the DHMRI that will continue advancing MS research using the MURDOCK Study’s biological samples and data. To view photos from the event, click here. Continue reading MURDOCK Study celebrates MS enrollment closeout
Kannapolis Christmas Parade
Walk with us in this festive Christmas parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. This parade takes place in downtown Kannapolis, and MURDOCK Study participants and their families are welcome to walk with Duke team members! Continue reading Saturday, December 10
A Broadway Christmas Carol
Come out to the Old Courthouse Theater in Concord to see A Broadway Christmas Carol, a cross between the classic Dickens’ tale and uproarious song parodies of favorite, familiar Broadway show tunes.
Continue reading December 16-17
The Frostbite 5K is the eighth and final race of the 2016 Run Kannapolis series. This 3.1 mile race starts at the NC Research Campus and goes through the Kannapolis Greenway and surrounding communities with challenging hills. Continue reading Saturday, December 17
Findings from the MURDOCK Health Aging Study were included in a Wall Street Journal article featuring Dr. Miriam Morey, MURDOCK Study investigator and Duke University School of Medicine professor, and Dr. Katherine Hall, assistant professor of medicine at Duke and first author of the paper about the research. Excerpts from the article include: Continue reading MURDOCK Study results featured in Wall Street Journal