Nelson Jen An Chao, MD

Professor of Medicine
Donald D. and Elizabeth G. Cooke Cancer Distinguished Research Professor
Professor in Immunology
Research Professor of Global Health
Professor in Pathology
Chief, Division of Cell Therapy in the Department of Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center
Campus mail 2400 Pratt St Suite 5000, DUMC Box 3961, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 668-1000
Email address nelson.chao@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

El Fakih, Riad, Hildegard Greinix, Mickey Koh, Bronwen Shaw, Mohamad Mohty, Mohammad Al Nahedh, Wael Saber, et al. “Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (WBMT) Recommendations Regarding Essential Medications Required To Establish An Early Stage Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Program.” Transplant Cell Ther 27, no. 3 (March 2021): 267.e1-267.e5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtct.2020.12.015.

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Racioppi, Alessandro, Tara Dalton, Sendhilnathan Ramalingam, Kristi Romero, Yi Ren, Lauren Bohannon, Consuelo Arellano, et al. “Assessing the Feasibility of a Novel mHealth App in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients.” Transplant Cell Ther 27, no. 2 (February 2021): 181.e1-181.e9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtct.2020.10.017.

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Maung, Ko K., Benny J. Chen, Ian Barak, Zhiguo Li, David A. Rizzieri, Cristina Gasparetto, Keith M. Sullivan, et al. “Phase I dose escalation study of naive T-cell depleted donor lymphocyte infusion following allogeneic stem cell transplantation.” Bone Marrow Transplant 56, no. 1 (January 2021): 137–43. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41409-020-0991-5.

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Ramalingam, Sendhilnathan, Sharareh Siamakpour-Reihani, Lauren Bohannan, Yi Ren, Alexander Sibley, Jeff Sheng, Li Ma, et al. “A phase 2 trial of the somatostatin analog pasireotide to prevent GI toxicity and acute GVHD in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant.” Plos One 16, no. 6 (2021): e0252995. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0252995.

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Coleman, C Norman, John E. Wong, Eugenia Wendling, Mary Gospodarowicz, Donna O’Brien, Taofeeq Abdallah Ige, Simeon Chinedu Aruah, et al. “Capturing Acquired Wisdom, Enabling Healthful Aging, and Building Multinational Partnerships Through Senior Global Health Mentorship.” Glob Health Sci Pract 8, no. 4 (December 23, 2020): 626–37. https://doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-20-00108.

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Smith, Patrick, Jillian C. Thompson, Elena Perea, Brian Wasserman, Lauren Bohannon, Alessandro Racioppi, Taewoong Choi, et al. “Clinical and Neuroimaging Correlates of Post-Transplant Delirium.” Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 26, no. 12 (December 2020): 2323–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbmt.2020.09.016.

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Algwaiz, Ghada, Mahmoud Aljurf, Mickey Koh, Mary M. Horowitz, Per Ljungman, Daniel Weisdorf, Wael Saber, et al. “Real-World Issues and Potential Solutions in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from the Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Health Services and International Studies Committee.” Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 26, no. 12 (December 2020): 2181–89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbmt.2020.07.021.

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Schluter, Jonas, Jonathan U. Peled, Bradford P. Taylor, Kate A. Markey, Melody Smith, Ying Taur, Rene Niehus, et al. “The gut microbiota is associated with immune cell dynamics in humans.” Nature 588, no. 7837 (December 2020): 303–7. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2971-8.

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Guo, Hao, Wei-Chun Chou, Yunjia Lai, Kaixin Liang, Jason W. Tam, W June Brickey, Liang Chen, et al. “Multi-omics analyses of radiation survivors identify radioprotective microbes and metabolites.” Science 370, no. 6516 (October 30, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aay9097.

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