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Komen awards more than $800,000 to UNC Lineberger researchers
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded more than $800,000 to researchers with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fund research into fighting cancer.
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NIH and UNC Researchers Define Role of Protein Vinculin in Cell Movement
Researchers at the University of North Carolina and the National Institutes for Health have defined the role of the protein vinculin in enabling cell movement. In a paper published in the Journal of Cell Biology, Sharon Campbell, PhD, professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Clare Waterman of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health showed that cell mobility occurs through the interactions between the protein vinculin and the cytoskeletal lattice formed by the protein actin. By physically binding to the actin that makes up the cytoskeleton, vinculin operates as a form of molecular clutch transferring force and controlling cell motion.
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Novel monoclonal antibody inhibits tumor growth in breast cancer and angiosarcoma
A monoclonal antibody targeting a protein known as SFPR2 has been shown by researchers at the University of North Carolina to inhibit tumor growth in pre-clinical models of breast cancer and angiosarcoma.
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Rimer awarded American Cancer Society Medal of Honor
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the American Cancer Society (ACS) Medal of Honor for her "seminal cancer research efforts."
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Self-collection of samples for HPV testing shows promise in detection of cervical cancer in Kenya
In Kenya, women face a cervical cancer mortality rate that is approximately 10 times as high as in the United States. A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that training women to self-collect genital samples to test for human papillomavirus (HPV), the causative agent of cervical cancer, can increase the coverage rates of cervical cancer screening. Higher screening coverage helps increase rates of detection of cervical lesions and ultimately treatment of the disease.
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Smith - Worldwide cervical cancer prevention initiative announced at Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia
Cervical cancer kills an estimated 275,000 women each year, and most of these deaths could be prevented with prophylactic HPV vaccination, routine cervical cancer screening and continuity to treatment. At the Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, delegates and experts from around the world announced a global call to action to combat this preventable disease through collaboration with and information sharing by the world’s governments and health agencies on May 27, 2013.
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Smith interviewed by Agence France Presse on cervical cancer stigma in India
Jennifer Smith, PhD, MPH, research associate professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, says that lack of awareness and stigma about the illness hinders prevention of the disease.
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Su awarded NIH grant to develop immune therapies for hepatitis B
The National Institute of Health has awarded University of North Carolina researcher Lishan Su, PhD, with a $2 million four-year R01 grant to investigate using a novel immune therapy to treat chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
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Survey of adolescent males and their parents shows low HPV vaccination rates
Encouraging physicians to recommend human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to adolescent boys and their parents - and educating the boys and their families about the importance of receiving the vaccine - are essential to reducing the cancers this virus can cause.
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Timothy Lai - A single father gives back
The past year has been a very difficult one for Timothy Lai, a New York City public school teacher. His wife Esther, who fought terminal breast cancer for eight years, passed away exactly a week before Christmas. While deeply mourning his wife, Timothy struggled with how to cope with the loss himself and help his teenage Leif endure this trying life experience.
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