Newly hired UF doctor lands $500,000 research grant


Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

A recently hired University of Florida doctor and researcher has received more than $500,000 to research pediatric brain tumor immunotherapy from two organizations dedicated to cancer research, according to a UF news release.

Dr. Duane Mitchell, who joined UF's neurosurgery department in July, is also the director of the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program and co-director of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy.

Mitchell's research focuses on immunotherapy for pediatric and adult brain cancer, and he is the principal investigator of the first pediatric brain tumor immunotherapy trial at UF, which is scheduled to open for enrollment early next year.

"I'm most excited about what I believe will be significant improvements in treatments of patients with brain cancer in five to 10 years using immune-based treatments," Mitchell was quoted as saying in the news release. "I think we're going to see immunotherapy take its place among standard treatment for patients with malignant brain tumors."

Washington, D.C.-based Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure and the Coral Springs-based Florida Brain Tumor Association are providing Mitchell with the funding.

Before coming to UF, Mitchell was the associate director of the brain tumor immunotherapy program at Duke University.

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