Michael Aaron Morse, MD

Professor of Medicine
Professor in the Department of Surgery
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail Duke Box 3233, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 681-3480
Email address morse004@mc.duke.edu

We are studying the use of immune therapies to treat various cancers, including gastrointestinal, breast, and lung cancers and melanoma. These therapies include vaccines based on dendritic cells developed in our laboratory as well as vaccines based on peptides, viral vectors, and DNA plasmids. Our group is also a national leader in the development and use of laboratory assays for demonstrating immunologic responses to cancer vaccines. Finally, we are developing immunotherapies based on adoptive transfer of tumor and viral antigen-specific T cells.

Our current clinical trials include phase I and II studies of immunotherapy for: patients with metastatic malignancies expressing CEA, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, and leukemias following HSCT. My clinical area of expertise is in gastrointestinal oncology, in particular, the treatment of hepatic malignancies, and malignant melanoma.

Key words: dendritic cells, immunotherapy, vaccines, T cells, gastrointestinal oncology, melanoma, hepatoma

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Hematology-Oncology, Medicine, Duke University, 1993 - 1996
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Washington, 1990 - 1993
  • M.D., Yale University, 1990

Publications

Strickler, John H., Christel N. Rushing, Donna Niedzwiecki, Abigail McLeod, Ivy Altomare, Hope E. Uronis, S David Hsu, et al. “A phase Ib study of capecitabine and ziv-aflibercept followed by a phase II single-arm expansion cohort in chemotherapy refractory metastatic colorectal cancer..” Bmc Cancer 19, no. 1 (November 1, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-019-6234-8.

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31675952
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Morse, Michael A., Michael J. Overman, Leighanne Hartman, Taline Khoukaz, Edith Brutcher, Heinz-Josef Lenz, Ajlan Atasoy, Tong Shangguan, Huanyu Zhao, and Bassel El-Rayes. “Safety of Nivolumab plus Low-Dose Ipilimumab in Previously Treated Microsatellite Instability-High/Mismatch Repair-Deficient Metastatic Colorectal Cancer..” Oncologist 24, no. 11 (November 2019): 1453–61. https://doi.org/10.1634/theoncologist.2019-0129.

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Zhou, Xinna, Guoliang Qiao, Jun Ren, Xiaoli Wang, Shuo Wang, Siyu Zhu, Yanhua Yuan, Michael A. Morse, Amy Hobeika, and Herbert Kim Lyerly. “Adoptive immunotherapy with autologous T-cell infusions reduces opioid requirements in advanced cancer patients..” Pain, October 13, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001702.

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Lv, Shuzhen, Shuo Wang, Guoliang Qiao, Xiaoli Wang, Xinna Zhou, Fengcai Yan, Yanping Li, et al. “Functional CD3+CD8+PD1- T Cell Accumulation and PD-L1 Expression Increases During Tumor Invasion in DCIS of the Breast..” Clin Breast Cancer 19, no. 5 (October 2019): e617–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clbc.2019.04.001.

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Clarke, Jeffrey Melson, Gerard C. Blobe, John H. Strickler, Hope Elizabeth Uronis, S Yousuf Zafar, Michael Morse, Evan Dropkin, et al. “A phase Ib study of the combination regorafenib with PF-03446962 in patients with refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (REGAL-1 trial)..” Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 84, no. 4 (October 2019): 909–17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00280-019-03916-0.

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Le, Dung T., Vincent J. Picozzi, Andrew H. Ko, Zev A. Wainberg, Hedy Kindler, Andrea Wang-Gillam, Paul Oberstein, et al. “Results from a Phase IIb, Randomized, Multicenter Study of GVAX Pancreas and CRS-207 Compared with Chemotherapy in Adults with Previously Treated Metastatic Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma (ECLIPSE Study)..” Clin Cancer Res 25, no. 18 (September 15, 2019): 5493–5502. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-18-2992.

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Marano, A. L., J. M. Clarke, M. A. Morse, A. Shah, W. Barrow, M. A. Selim, R. P. Hall, and A. R. Cardones. “Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus and dermatomyositis associated with anti-programmed cell death 1 therapy..” Br J Dermatol 181, no. 3 (September 2019): 580–83. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.17245.

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Sun, Yuanyuan, Suya Wang, Hainan Yang, Jiangping Wu, Sha Li, Guoliang Qiao, Shuo Wang, et al. “Impact of synchronized anti-PD-1 with Ad-CEA vaccination on inhibition of colon cancer growth..” Immunotherapy 11, no. 11 (August 2019): 953–66. https://doi.org/10.2217/imt-2019-0055.

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Weinberg, Benjamin A., Joanne Xiu, Michael R. Lindberg, Anthony F. Shields, Jimmy J. Hwang, Kelsey Poorman, Mohamed E. Salem, et al. “Molecular profiling of biliary cancers reveals distinct molecular alterations and potential therapeutic targets..” J Gastrointest Oncol 10, no. 4 (August 2019): 652–62. https://doi.org/10.21037/jgo.2018.08.18.

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