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September 14, 2022

No More Guessing at the Right Dose for Children

Pediatric physician-scientists in the Duke Clinical Research Institute have built a unique foundation for finding public health answers. They have made a significant impact on medical treatments for children and adults, as well as influencing public health and student wellness across the country.
Researchers in Sri Lanka
September 14, 2022

Feeling the Heat: A Mysterious Kidney Disease

A rash of kidney disease is affecting farmers in Sri Lanka. Duke Global Health Institute’s Nishad Jayasundara is working with an interdisciplinary team of environmental and health researchers to unravel how climate change and water contamination may be driving the rise in kidney problems.
Duke Kannapolis shares the North Carolina Research Center with seven facilities run by University of North Carolina research institutions. Photo by Bill Snead
September 7, 2022

Partner With Purpose: Duke Kannapolis Strengthens University’s Research Mission Across North Carolina

The research center manages a wide variety of research projects, functions as an engine to accelerate population health research, and serves as a model for Duke partnerships to benefit residents across the state.
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November 21, 2022

Tubby Tails | The Fattening of a Hibernating Lemur

Holiday weight gain: It’s a real thing in this season of bread stuffing and pumpkin pie. 

Many of us haven’t yet looked up from the pantry or holiday table to consider what all those extra calories can do to our waistlines. But one group of creatures at the Duke Lemur Center has been overindulging and plumping up for weeks already, and they’re not the least bit guilty about it. 

Since August, the center’s 42 fat-tailed dwarf lemurs have been busy gorging themselves to pack on the pounds they need to survive their winter hibernation. 

These squirrel-sized primates are our closest genetic relatives known to hibernate for extended periods of time. By studying how they withstand months of inactivity and yo-yo weight gain with no ill effects, researchers hope to find lessons for humans dealing with prolonged bed rest, diabetes and other challenges to metabolic health.

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