The new Duke Cancer Center recently opened its doors to patients in February, according to a Duke University news article. The $235 million facility has been added to Duke University’s extensive list of LEED certified buildings. The environmentally-friendly features that helped the Duke Cancer Center achieve this certification include sustainable methods of energy use and transportation options. The center features large windows to let in natural sunlight, a rooftop garden, bike racks and showers for those who ride a bicycle to the center and occupancy sensors throughout the Duke Cancer Center that automatically turn lights off when a room is empty.
Science Market Update
North Carolina appears to have a rich life science sales market when taking into account recent life science funding statistics. North Carolina Biotechnology Center in particular gave $2.9 million in loans and grants to life science companies and researchers during this second fiscal quarter. North Carolina Biotechnology Center has been funding life science researchers and startups since 1984, helping to make North Carolina the third largest biotechnology cluster in the United States. Ten different programs received awards based on entrepreneurship, technology and education. North Carolina now hosts over 500 life science companies and 58,000 employees who earn an average salary greater than $78,000.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently began construction on a new facility that will be used for research on brain injuries, according to Vice President for Facilities Planning and Development Ray Lafrenaye and a Chapelboro.com news article. The facility will be named the Comprehensive Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center and is being constructed in the former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Border’s bookstore building on Fordham Boulevard. The center is planning on opening for operations in the next few months.
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Medical students at Duke University finally have their own home after being spread out over the medical campus for 73 years. Filled with natural light from the glass walls and study nooks for doing work, this building is a gorgeous feat of architecture. It has been named the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education, and it’s located right in the middle of the medical campus. The center provides a space for medical students who used to have to study in the basement of Duke Medicine’s Purple Zone, the Davison Building and every so often, spaces rented for large gatherings.
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County commissioners in Durham, North Carolina, recently voted to change the name of Durham Regional Hospital in order to boost its reputation. The renamed Duke Regional Hospital, which is operated by the Duke University Health System but owned by the county, says renaming the hospital will help attract patients given Duke’s world-renowned reputation.
Duke University has been selected as one of seven schools to be on the forefront of a United States effort to help eliminate desperate poverty around the world. Duke will receive a $10 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to form a development lab whose goal is to pinpoint and support progress in solutions to worldwide health problems in low- and middle-income nations.
Duke University research scientist Robert Lefkowitz, 69, says he was fast asleep when the Nobel committee called to tell him he had won the prestigious prize, but he said he didn’t hear the phone ring because he was wearing ear plugs. His wife picked up the phone.
Duke Medical Plaza in Orange County, North Carolina, recently opened its doors for the first time. The medical center includes 25,000 square feet of office space and contains Duke Primary Care Hillsborough, North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic, and Duke Physical and Occupational Therapy at its South Churton Street location. The new center held an open house after they opened, and when visitors learned of Duke Primary Care’s previous location on Meadowland Drive, many said they never knew Duke had a clinic in the Orange County seat.
Research scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a “spray-on skin” treatment that speeds up recovery in wounds that don’t heal well on their own. The findings, published in the Lancet, showed that ulcers treated with the spray healed better than ulcers treated in other ways. According to WRAL.com, between one and two million Americans have a vein disease where leg wounds have difficulty healing. People with such wounds are at risk for infections and even amputation.
A dangerous situation presents itself when bacteria evolve defenses against antibiotics. Experience has shown us that it can be a discouraging catastrophe for public health when a new drug-resistant strain, or a gene that confers resistance, shows up in a new place, as happened when the NDM-1 gene (which is resistant to up to 14 drugs) showed up in New Delhi drinking water. Scientists are searching for a way to defeat that debilitating resistance, however, and every so often there's encouraging news: On February 4, North Carolina State University chemistry researchers published a study in which they said that they’ve found a molecule that makes antibiotics 16 times more effective against recently identified antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”