Nelson Jen An Chao, MD

Professor of Medicine
Donald D. and Elizabeth G. Cooke Cancer Research Professor
Professor in Immunology
Professor in Pathology
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Chief, Division of Cell Therapy in the Department of Medicine
Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative
Campus mail 1146 N Pavilion, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 668-1011
Email address chao0002@mc.duke.edu

My research interests are in two broad areas, clinical hematopoietic stem cell and cord blood transplantation and in the laboratory studies related to graft vs. host disease and immune reconstitution. On the clinical side we are currently conducting approximately 50 different clinical protocols ranging from preparatory regimens, supportive care studies and disease specific protocols. Most of these clinical studies are centered around studies of the sources of stem cells and the methods to improve the long term outcome. There are exploratory protocols for novel therapies such as dendritic cell therapy for several malignancies, antiangiogenesis therapy, graft engineering to prevent graft-versus-host disease and antigen specific T cells or non specific NK cells to prevent relapse. Moreover a strong focus of the program is to develop cord-blood transplantation for adult patients with hematologic malignancies. The laboratory studies center on understanding the immunological events that occur with graft-vs-host disease and methods to prevent this disease. The current efforts focus on understanding murine reconstitution following transplantation, use of a peptide polymer to block MHC class II recognition of minor histocompatibility antigens, use of T cell engineering to prevent graft-versus-host disease at the same time preserving a graft-versus-malignancy effect.

For more information see http://ed-media.mc.duke.edu/BMT.nsf

In Their Words

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Oncology, Medicine, Stanford University, 1985 - 1987
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Stanford University, 1981 - 1984
  • M.D., Yale University, 1981

Publications

Rein, LAM, Yang, H, and Chao, NJ. "Applications of Gene Editing Technologies to Cellular Therapies." Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation : Journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation 24, no. 8 (August 2018): 1537-1545. (Review)

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29601858
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Sivaraj, D, Green, MM, Kang, Y, Long, GD, Rizzieri, DA, Li, Z, Garrett, AH, McIntyre, JL, Chao, NJ, and Gasparetto, C. "Bendamustine, pomalidomide, and dexamethasone for relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma." Blood Cancer Journal 8, no. 8 (July 31, 2018): 71-null.

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30065277
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Turcotte, LM, Wang, T, Hemmer, MT, Spellman, SR, Arora, M, Couriel, D, Alousi, A, Pidala, J, Abdel-Azim, H, Ahmed, I, Beitinjaneh, A, Buchbinder, D, Byrne, M, Callander, N, Chao, N, Choi, SW, DeFilipp, Z, Gadalla, SM, Gale, RP, Gergis, U, Hashmi, S, Hematti, P, Holmberg, L, Inamoto, Y, Kamble, RT, Lehmann, L, MacMillan, MA, McIver, Z, Nishihori, T, Norkin, M, O’Brien, T, Olsson, RF, Reshef, R, Saad, A, Savani, BN, Schouten, HC, Seo, S, Solh, M, Verdonck, L, Vij, R, Wirk, B, Yared, J, Horowitz, MM, Knight, JM, and Verneris, MR. "Donor body mass index does not predict graft versus host disease following hematopoietic cell transplantation." Bone Marrow Transplantation 53, no. 7 (July 2018): 932-937.

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Ai, H-S, Guo, M, and Chao, NJ. "Study Limitations in HLA-Mismatched Microtransplant in Older Patients Newly Diagnosed With Acute Myeloid Leukemia-Reply." Jama Oncology 4, no. 6 (June 2018): 891-null.

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Confer, D, Chao, N, and Case, C. "Are We Prepared for Nuclear Terrorism?." The New England Journal of Medicine 378, no. 25 (June 2018): 2447-null. (Letter)

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Sung, AD, Hassan, S, Cardona, DM, Wild, D, Nichols, KR, Mehdikhani, H, Balmadrid, B, Detweiler, CJ, Shealy, M, Cirrincione, C, Li, Z, Poleski, M, Dalton, TE, Siamakpour-Reihani, S, Chao, NJ, and Sullivan, KM. "Late Gastrointestinal Complications of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Adults." Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation : Journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation 24, no. 4 (April 2018): 734-740.

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Somers, TJ, Kelleher, SA, Dorfman, CS, Shelby, RA, Fisher, HM, Rowe Nichols, K, Sullivan, KM, Chao, NJ, Samsa, GP, Abernethy, AP, and Keefe, FJ. "An mHealth Pain Coping Skills Training Intervention for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Patients: Development and Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial." JMIR mHealth and uHealth 6, no. 3 (March 19, 2018): e66-.

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Zheng, Z, Fan, S, Zheng, J, Huang, W, Gasparetto, C, Chao, NJ, Hu, J, and Kang, Y. "Inhibition of thioredoxin activates mitophagy and overcomes adaptive bortezomib resistance in multiple myeloma." Journal of hematology & oncology 11, no. 1 (February 27, 2018): 29-.

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Piryani, SO, Kam, AYF, Kliassov, EG, Chen, BJ, Spector, NL, Chute, JP, Hsu, DS, Chao, NJ, and Doan, PL. "Epidermal Growth Factor and Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor Signaling Are Synergistic for Hematopoietic Regeneration." Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio) 36, no. 2 (February 2018): 252-264.

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29086459
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Richardson, PG, Triplett, BM, Ho, VT, Chao, N, Dignan, FL, Maglio, M, and Mohty, M. "Defibrotide sodium for the treatment of hepatic veno-occlusive disease/sinusoidal obstruction syndrome." Expert review of clinical pharmacology 11, no. 2 (February 2018): 113-124.

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29301447
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