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2013 UCRF Innovation Awards announced
UCRF Competitive Grants Program 2013 Innovation Awards were chosen from 51 applications. The awards provided $1,180,000 to support research among the six winners.
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Basch - National standards to evaluate health care quality based on how patients feel
National quality assessment programs usually measure and reward practices based on improving clinical processes such as re-hospitalization or infection rates. While this type of information is important and useful to clinicians, it doesn’t always take into account what is most important to the patient and families of the patient receiving care, such as the management of long-term symptoms or ability to conduct daily activities.
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Basch: Patient participation must play a larger role in research
Patients must take a larger role in participating in and assisting in determining priorities for medical research, according to an editorial published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Cancer patient out-of-pocket costs play major role in treatment adherence
The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient’s share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.
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Dees and Hayes named co-leaders of UNC Lineberger Clinical Research Program
Claire Dees, MD, and Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, have been appointed as co-leaders of the Clinical Research Program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Dees and Hayes have extensive and complementary expertise in translational and clinical research. As co-leaders of the Clinical Research Program, they will help plan the efforts of UNC Lineberger’s physician researchers to move discoveries into innovative trials of new therapeutic approaches.
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DeSimone microneedle patch featured in ScienceNews
A rapidly-dissolvable microneedle patch developed by a UNC team led by Joseph DeSimone, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and director of the UNC Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience, and Technology and member of UNC Lineberger, allows for painless injections of medicine and vaccines.
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Goldstein profiled in The Journal of Cell Biology
Bob Goldstein, PhD, professor of biology, talks about his career and the promise of cell biology in a profile in the August issue of The Journal of Cell Biology.
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IMRT may not be more effective than older radiation techniques after prostatectomy
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy has become the most commonly used type of radiation in prostate cancer, but research from the University of North Carolina suggests that the therapy may not be more effective than older, less expensive forms of radiation therapy in patients who have had a prostatectomy.
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Inhibiting Macrophage MerTK Signaling Creates an Innate Immune Response Against Cancer
The tyrosine kinase MerTK plays a prominent role in the body’s immune response. MerTK signaling helps “calm” the body’s first line of immunity, the macrophage, while it performs the routine duties - clearing cells that die and healing damaged tissue.
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Kim named to Society of Surgical Oncology Executive Council
HJ Kim, MD, associate professor in UNC’s division of surgical oncology and endocrinology, has been named as a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology's (SSO) Executive Council.
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