Thursday, October 13, 2011

Changes at Duke

I must admit, I'm anxious. Dr. Burks has accepted the position of Chair of UNC Department of Pediatrics, Physician-in-Chief of N.C. Children's Hospital and is leaving Duke University Hospital.

We received an e-mail from our doctor in charge of the Peanut Sublingual Clinical Trial assuring us that, for the time being, it was business as usual. We can expect to see changes. The trials are to move to UNC sometime next spring. So, yes, I'm anxious.

Abigail's next appointment is in January for blood work. I assume we'll drive to Durham. Her big food challenge to see if she can tolerate up to 15 peanuts is scheduled for June. That should take place in Chapel Hill. I don't mind the change in location, I just want re-assurance that there are no changes planned for the studies.

Here is the article announcing his new position.


Lisa said...

I am okay with the move. Since we are there every two weeks, I have had a chance to discuss it more with them. It looks like the whole research unit will be moving, so things will pretty much be exactly the same, just in a different location. They are all just waiting for contracts, etc. They made it clear to us that there would be no change to our study based on the move...the only changes would be based on science/safety issues. So, I am not worried about the move. :)

Mom with a Mission said...

Lisa, I'm so glad to hear that. Thanks for letting me know. I've got several other moms that haven't been for a visit since the announcement who are also anxious to hear. I'm going to spread the word.

Have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear this too! Our daughter is in the peanut SLIT study (2 year mark in February)~ Thanks for posting!!! Pam

Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie-

I actually went to NC State. How could you consider sending your children to UNC or Duke....kidding of course. I can't help it if my rivalry runs that deep;) They do have some of the best programs in the country - great schools. I would love to have you be a guest blogger to recap your experience in the clinical trial. Would you be interested? Would your daughter care to give her opinions as well? I'm sure other parents would love to hear her perspective.

Mom with a Mission said...

Jennifer, I know. I come from a family of Wake Forest fans. The things we'll do for our kids. :) All joking aside though, we are blessed to be in this study and would go anywhere to continue to be in it!

I'd love to be a guest blogger and share our experience. I'll have to ask Abigail. I should be able to get a few comments from her to add. She's at the stage now where she doesn't want to call attention to her allergy. She didn't use to care, but now in 3rd grade, she's much more self-conscience.

Let's touch base offline.