Duane Mitchell’s team at the University of Florida is a world leader in understanding how the body’s own immune system can be marshaled to fight cancers, especially brain cancers, in children and adults.
It’s a big job, managing grants, directing clinical trials, writing journal articles, courting donors and countless other things.
At home, he and his wife have three young boys of their own to raise.
So when he was approached about also applying to be the director of UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, he could have been forgiven for saying he had too much on his plate.
Instead he jumped at the opportunity.
“I was so impressed by the University of Florida’s commitment when we came here from Duke eight years ago, that I saw this as an opportunity to take some of what we’ve learned about using the extraordinary translational research capabilities of the university and contribute in a more meaningful way to helping the institution as a whole continue to develop and to elevate those capabilities in ways that will benefit not only my own research program but open up opportunities for other programs,” Mitchell says.Learn more about Neuroscientist Duane Mitchell Is Committed to Elevating the Clinical & Translational Science Institute.