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Dittmer selected to serve as chair of AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section

Dittmer selected to serve as chair of AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section

Dirk Dittmer, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, has been selected to serve as chair of the AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section, for the Center for Scientific Review, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

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“Corona Cares” supports patients, families dealing with cancer

RALEIGH, NC – Crown Imports announced today that the highly successful “Corona Cares” charitable donation program in North Carolina will kick off on August 1 to benefit patient and family support programs at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Over the past two years, “Corona Cares” has provided more than $210,000 for these programs.

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Study shows colon and rectal tumors constitute a single type of cancer

The Cancer Genome Atlas generates genomic data for colon and rectal cancers that point to potential targets for treatment.

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Kenan Institute appoints Joseph DeSimone as new director

Kenan Institute appoints Joseph DeSimone as new director

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has appointed Joseph M. DeSimone as its new director.

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Cancer one of three UNC specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News

Overall, eleven specialties at UNC Hospitals were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue.

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Pox, patents and pancreatic cancer vaccines

Pox, patents and pancreatic cancer vaccines

Rachel Roper, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at East Carolina’s Brody School of Medicine has been granted a patent for her discovery of a poxvirus gene that, when deleted, significantly weakens the vaccine virus while simultaneously increasing immune responses to it.

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Amos quoted in ABC News feature

Amos quoted in ABC News feature

Keith Amos, MD, assistant professor of surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill, is quoted in an ABC News feature discussing a new study about partial breast removal surgery to treat cancer.

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Strader honored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Strader honored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

John Strader, PA-C with the hematologic malignancies program, was honored as the 2012 Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, North Carolina chapter, raising over $30,000 for the organization.

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Preclinical studies use specialized ultrasound to detect presence of cancer

Preclinical studies use specialized ultrasound to detect presence of cancer

Chapel Hill - From the air, the twists and turns of rivers can easily be seen. In the body, however, tracing the twists and turns of blood vessels is difficult, but important. Vessel “bendiness” can indicate the presence and progression of cancer.

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Key biomarker’s new role in head and neck cancer

Key biomarker’s new role in head and neck cancer

Researchers at UNC have proposed a novel interpretation of an old biomarker which, if validated, could fundamentally transform the management of head and neck cancer.

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Antibodies reverse Type 1 diabetes in new immunotherapy study

Antibodies reverse Type 1 diabetes in new immunotherapy study

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have used injections of antibodies to rapidly reverse the onset of Type I diabetes in mice genetically bred to develop the disease. Moreover, just two injections maintained disease remission indefinitely without harming the immune system.

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Advocates join together to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer

Advocates join together to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer

When scientists and advocates join forces, good things can happen. Dr. Channing Der, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Pharmacology and UNC Lineberger faculty member, and Lori Matteson, a Raleigh pancreatic cancer survivor and advocate, joined over 600 other pancreatic cancer advocates and family members on a visit to Washington, DC.

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Stitzenberg appointed to term on NC advisory committee

Stitzenberg appointed to term on NC advisory committee

Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, has been appointed to a four-year term on the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.

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Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Bruce Ham shares his story, how support group for single fathers due to cancer helps him

Bruce Ham heard about the “Support Program for Single Fathers” from a friend. “I attended the first meeting. The guys in the group were going through exactly what I was going through and they were a similar age, they had all lost their wives to cancer, they all had kids in the house, so we had a lot in common. That’s what made it appealing to me.”

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UNC Lineberger honors five clinical fellows

UNC Lineberger honors five clinical fellows

UNC Lineberger honored five clinical fellows for their research accomplishments and clinical excellence.

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New JAMA study shows stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost, UNC's Deborah Tate co-author

New JAMA study shows stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost, UNC's Deborah Tate co-author

A customized weight loss program may cost less to implement – despite having similar results – than a traditional weight loss program, according to a study published in the June 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Making genomes make sense

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Sometimes, technology progresses faster than our ability to take advantage of it.

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RN: Real Nurses - Barbara Riff

RN: Real Nurses - Barbara Riff

Parking difficulties inspired Barbara Riff to take motorcycle lessons with her son. Now she commutes to work via motorcycle and frequently takes motorcycle trips for fun.

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Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

A new analysis done by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has found that physical activity - either mild or intense and before or after menopause - may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits.

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Transplant survivors face chronic financial stressors

Transplant survivors face chronic financial stressors

Following a blood stem cell transplant, survivors can face serious economic challenges that may negatively affect their quality of life.

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Dr. Lisa Carey authors editorial on neoadjuvant trials for breast cancer

Dr. Lisa Carey authors editorial on neoadjuvant trials for breast cancer

Lisa Carey, MD, authored an editorial, titled “Neoadjuvant Trials of Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 Targeting: How Many Drugs Do We Need?”

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Genetic pattern predicts response, metastasis in melanoma

Genetic pattern predicts response, metastasis in melanoma

A gene known to be mutated in many different cancers, but thought to be relatively unimportant in melanoma, may be a key indicator of how the disease will respond to radiation therapy and whether it will spread.

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Dibbert elected president of National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers

Dibbert elected president of National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers

Chapel Hill, NC – Debbie C. Dibbert, Director of External Affairs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected president of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO). She will serve a two-year term.

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A Summer Final Four: Help Cornucopia House Win $25,000

A Summer Final Four: Help Cornucopia House Win $25,000

Votes, not baskets, will propel Cornucopia House to the Final Four in a national competition for a $25K mobile technology grant from AtlanticBT.

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Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A recent clinical trial testing a combination therapy for basal-like (also known as triple-negative) breast cancer demonstrates that a combination of two drugs with promising preclinical results is not as effective as researchers had hoped.

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Gene inactivation drives spread of melanoma

Gene inactivation drives spread of melanoma

Chapel Hill, NC – Why do some cancers spread rapidly to other organs and others don’t metastasize? A team of UNC researchers led by Norman Sharpless, MD, have identified a key genetic switch that determines whether melanoma, a lethal skin cancer, spreads by metastasis.

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Jennifer Bowman named Hometown Hero for June 11

Jennifer Bowman named Hometown Hero for June 11

WCHL named Jennifer Bowman a Hometown Hero for June 11, 2012. Each weekday the station selects a Hometown Hero who goes “over and above the call of duty,” exemplifying excellent service and dedication to others in the community.

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Mayer appointed to term on Cancer Survivorship Committee

Mayer appointed to term on Cancer Survivorship Committee

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, associate professor in the UNC School of Nursing, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Cancer Survivorship Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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UNC Lineberger member Kurt Ribisl co-authors study assessing online alcohol sales to minors

UNC Lineberger member Kurt Ribisl co-authors study assessing online alcohol sales to minors

Kurt Ribisl, PhD, is co-author of the article “Internet Alcohol Sales to Minors” published online ahead of print in the May 2012 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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UNC Lineberger member James Evans quoted in Nature

UNC Lineberger member James Evans quoted in Nature

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in an article discussing the fetal genome and the possibility of clinic procedures being introduced in the next couple of years.

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Bae-Jump receives grant to study impact of obesity on ovarian cancer

Bae-Jump receives grant to study impact of obesity on ovarian cancer

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, has received a two-year $200,000 grant from the Department of Defense, to study “Preclinical and Clinical Investigations of the Impact of Obesity on Ovarian Cancer Pathogenesis.”

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N.C. Children's Hospital achieves high rankings in several specialties including cancer

Congratulations to the N.C. Children’s Hospital for receiving top rankings in 10 out of 10 clinical categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list. The N.C. Children’s Hospital is ranked 26th in cancer.

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Over 150 attend UNC Lineberger's annual scientific retreat

Over 150 attend UNC Lineberger's annual scientific retreat

More than 150 faculty, students, and fellows gathered in the Alumni Center to hear talks on HPV and Cancer given by UNC Lineberger scientists from basic, translational science, clinical, population science, and global perspectives.

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Science, surgery, and start-ups - in depth with Dr. Nancy DeMore

Science, surgery, and start-ups - in depth with Dr. Nancy DeMore

UNC surgeon-scientist Dr. Nancy DeMore says, “As a physician, I’m acutely aware of how much more we need to learn about breast cancer and how urgently we need better therapies. It really gives me hope to be in the lab and to know that I’m working towards something that may make things better for patients.”

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UNC Oncology Chaplain Named North Carolina Chaplain of the Year

UNC Oncology Chaplain Named North Carolina Chaplain of the Year

Chapel Hill - Patricia Cadle, MRE, BCC, Oncology Chaplain at UNC Health Care’s Department of Pastoral Care, was honored as the 2012 Chaplain of the Year by the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association. This award is presented annually at the Association’s spring conference in recognition of “distinguished ministry in pastoral care” to a chaplain “who serves patients, community and colleagues with grace and innovation.”

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BCBSNC Names Dr. Lisa Carey to Board of Trustees

BCBSNC Names Dr. Lisa Carey to Board of Trustees

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has announced Dr. Lisa Carey, Medical Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Breast Center and Associate Director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, as the newest member of its board of trustees.

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Discovery Suggests New Combination Therapy Strategy for Basal-Like Breast Cancers

Discovery Suggests New Combination Therapy Strategy for Basal-Like Breast Cancers

Chapel Hill, NC – Multiple research projects – including a 2006 study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – have used DNA microarray analysis to identify several breast cancer subtypes, including luminal A, luminal B, basal-like and HER2-enriched. Simple tests are being developed to help doctors identify these subtypes and to treat their patients in a more biologically-based way. In turn, these tests have made several studies possible that indicate that basal-like, or triple negative breast cancer, is more prevalent in African Americans than their Caucasian counterparts.

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Quest to understand Hepatitis C link with liver cancer receives $2.35 million boost

Quest to understand Hepatitis C link with liver cancer receives $2.35 million boost

Chapel Hill, NC – Does hepatitis C cause liver cancer due to inflammation associated with the disease, or does the virus interact with host cells in a different way to promote the development of cancer?

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UNC study highlights diagnosis of lung cancer subtypes

UNC study highlights diagnosis of lung cancer subtypes

In the processes of treating most cancers, one of the key pieces of information is the appearance of the tumor under the microscope using a technique called light microscopy. In lung cancer, for example, the appearance of the tumor determines both which chemotherapies are safe and which chemotherapies are effective. In addition, tumor appearance also suggests which patients should be tested for mutations that can be targeted by some of the most effective and safest drugs on the market.

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Bae-Jump to serve on NCI's Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee

Bae-Jump to serve on NCI's Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD will serve a two-year term as a junior investigator on the Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute, a member institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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