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Postdoctoral fellow receives DOD Visionary Fellowship Award

Postdoctoral fellow receives DOD Visionary Fellowship Award

Idoia Garcia, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, has been awarded a Department of Defense Visionary Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. The peer-reviewed award is intended to support exceptionally talented recent medical or other doctoral graduates in their pursuit of cutting-edge, innovative, high-risk/high-impact cancer research during their postdoctoral fellowship.

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Der receives grant funding for pancreatic cancer research

Der receives grant funding for pancreatic cancer research

Channing Der, PhD, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Pharmacology, received a two-year $200,000 American Association for Cancer Research Innovative grant from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. His grant will fund research on the mechanism of ERK inhibition resistance and ERK-dependent pancreatic cancer.

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UNC scientist reports ways to improve breast cancer biomarker test

UNC scientist reports ways to improve breast cancer biomarker test

American and Spanish researchers report potential ways for doctors to improve the treatment of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer even if they lack access to costly multi-gene tests.

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Review study makes recommendations to enhance Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research

Which treatment for prostate cancer is most effective? Will a specific combination of cancer drugs increase patient survival for colon cancer? As the pace of scientific discovery continues to accelerate, patients and their providers face more choices and decisions about how to address their health care needs, and information that can help inform their decisions is often hard to find.

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Stem cells poised to self-destruct for the good of the embryo

Stem cells poised to self-destruct for the good of the embryo

Embryonic stem cells are primed to kill themselves if damage to their DNA makes them a threat to the developing embryo. UNC researchers reveal how they do it.

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DeSimone elected into National Academy of Sciences

DeSimone elected into National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Joseph DeSimone, PhD, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that a U.S. scientist or engineer can receive.

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Milowsky comments on new therapies for bladder cancer

Milowsky comments on new therapies for bladder cancer

Matthew Milowsky, MD, was recently quoted in the online journal Health News Digest on new therapies for bladder cancer.

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Joseph S. Pagano receives 2012 Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award

Joseph S. Pagano receives 2012 Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award

Joseph S. Pagano, MD, has been awarded the fifth annual Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award in recognition of his accomplishments in cancer research. Dr. Pagano is the director emeritus of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC study shows potential to revive abandoned cancer drug by nanoparticle drug delivery

UNC study shows potential to revive abandoned cancer drug by nanoparticle drug delivery

Current nanomedicine research has focused on the delivery of established and novel therapeutics. But a UNC team is taking a different approach.

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36th Annual UNC Lineberger Scientific Symposium

UNC Lineberger’s 36th annual scientific symposium drew large crowds, with over 450 participants.

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Armistead receives Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

Armistead receives Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

Paul Armistead, MD, PhD, has received a grant of more than $396,000 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) to study leukemia stem cell-associated minor histocompatibility antigens.

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UNC junior’s research honored at American Association for Cancer Research meeting

UNC junior’s research honored at American Association for Cancer Research meeting

UNC junior Molly DeCristo attended her first international scientific meeting, but not just as a participant. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored her poster with a rosette, judging it as “highly rated,” among the top 2.5 percent of those submitted.

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Joyce Wilson: On Trips of a Lifetime, Planned and Unplanned

A Wayne County woman doesn’t let cancer, its treatment or its recurrence get in the way of her plans to attend her oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation or her own 45th high school reunion.

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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy optimal for localized prostate cancer

Chapel Hill - A treatment for localized prostate cancer known as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is better than conventional conformal radiation therapy (CRT) for reducing certain side effects and preventing cancer recurrence, according to a study published in the April 18, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2012, approximately 241,740 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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International panel recommends new model for breast cancer care

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - As the number of breast cancer survivors increases, now estimated at 2.8 million, more will be living with the chronic effects of cancer treatments or with advanced disease.

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Coghill receives grant to study graft versus host disease

Coghill receives grant to study graft versus host disease

James Coghill, MD, has received a grant of more than $529,000 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) to study a promising target for new therapies to combat graft versus host disease, a serious complication of treatment for many blood cancers.

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UNC scientists describe protein that protects against colon cancer

Chapel Hill - A family of proteins is yielding new information about how it contributes to the development of gastrointestinal disease and cancer. A team of UNC scientists reports that in pre-clinical models, the absence of a protein called NLRP12 significantly increases susceptibility to colitis-associated colon cancer.

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Three-dimensional RNA modeling opens scientific doors

Chapel Hill, NC – In a paper published today in the journal Nature Methods, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill demonstrates a simple, cost-effective technique for three-dimensional RNA structure prediction that will help scientists understand the structures, and ultimately the functions, of the RNA molecules that dictate almost every aspect of human cell behavior. When cell behavior goes wrong, diseases – including cancer and metabolic disorders – can be the result.

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UNC scientists describe protein that protects against colon cancer

Chapel Hill - A family of proteins is yielding new information about how it contributes to the development of gastrointestinal disease and cancer. A team of UNC scientists reports that in pre-clinical models, the absence of a protein called NLRP12 significantly increases susceptibility to colitis-associated colon cancer.

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Ten minutes could save your life: FREE Head & Neck Cancer Screenings

UNC Health Care will offer free screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, on Wednesday, April 25, from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic on the ground floor of the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital.

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Kinase test may yield big gains for drug-resistant cancers

Chapel Hill, NC – In a paper published today in the journal Cell, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unveils the first broad-based test for activation of protein kinases “en masse”, enabling measurement of the mechanism behind drug-resistant cancer and rational prediction of successful combination therapies.

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Gene switches do more than flip “on” or “off”

Gene switches do more than flip “on” or “off”

Chapel Hill - Anyone who’s tried a weekend home improvement project knows that to do a job right, you’ve got to have the right tools. For cells, these “tools” are proteins encoded by genes.

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Dr. Nancy DeMore and UNC colleagues present triple-negative breast cancer finding at national meeting

Dr. Nancy DeMore and UNC colleagues present triple-negative breast cancer finding at national meeting

Nancy DeMore, MD, and colleagues presented an abstract at the recent Society of Surgical Oncology 65th annual cancer symposium held in Orlando, Florida in March. Dr. DeMore is an associate professor of surgery and a member of UNC Lineberger.

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UNC’s Neuro-oncology program recognizes Ependymoma Awareness Day on April 19th

UNC’s Neuro-oncology program recognizes Ependymoma Awareness Day on April 19th

UNC Cancer Care’s neuro-oncology program will recognize Ependymoma Awareness Day on April 19th, as part of the program’s overall efforts to increase public awareness of this rare tumor and the need for clinical studies to improve early diagnosis, standardize treatment and improve the health status of those living with this disease.

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Evans quoted in The News & Observer, Scientific American Blog

Evans quoted in The News & Observer, Scientific American Blog

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in recent articles in The News & Observer and the Scientific American blog.

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Clinical trial of experimental drug targeting mutation in thyroid cancer shows clinical benefit

Clinical trial of experimental drug targeting mutation in thyroid cancer shows clinical benefit

Chapel Hill - In a clinical trial of an experimental drug to treat thyroid cancer, UNC and six other institutions report the first evidence in this tumor that targeting therapy to an oncogene documented to be present in the patient receiving therapy may be associated with clinical benefit.

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Sharpless, Zanation honored as Health Care Heroes

Sharpless, Zanation honored as Health Care Heroes

UNC Lineberger faculty members Ned Sharpless, MD, and Adam Zanation, MD, were honored for their achievements by Triangle Business Journal as 2012 Health Care Heroes.

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Ollila, Burkhart talk about teenage tanning bed use

Ollila, Burkhart talk about teenage tanning bed use

David Ollila, MD, and Craig Burkhart, MD, spoke about teenage tanning bed use at a Child Fatality Task Force committee meeting on March 26, 2012. They discussed the option of banning teenagers below the age of 18 from tanning bed use.

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UNC Lineberger scientist receives grant for pancreatic cancer research

UNC Lineberger scientist receives grant for pancreatic cancer research

The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research, has awarded Channing Der, PhD, a $1.165 million grant to identify promising drug combinations for potential future use in clinical trials.

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Aspirin use may offer cancer prevention benefits, Baron dicusses on MedPage Today

Aspirin use may offer cancer prevention benefits, Baron dicusses on MedPage Today

John Baron, MD, was interviewed by Charles Bankhead of MedPage Today on March 21, 2012 to give his perspective on three recently published reviews in "The Lancet" and "The Lancet Oncology." The reviews suggest that "regular aspirin use leads to significant reductions in the risk of cancer, metastasis, and cancer mortality."

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Predictive biomarkers for lung cancer reported in laboratory finding

Predictive biomarkers for lung cancer reported in laboratory finding

A team of scientists, including several from UNC Lineberger, has identified predictive genetic biomarkers in pre-clinical models that affect response to therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The study was done in parallel to an ongoing clinical trial among lung cancer patients at multiple institutions.

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Lung cancer highlights from 2011, Weiss provides insight

Lung cancer highlights from 2011, Weiss provides insight

Jared Weiss, MD, gave a podcast titled "2011 Highlights in Lung Cancer" that was posted on cancergrace.org on March 15, 2012. In the podcast, Dr. Weiss talks about highlights in lung cancer from 2011 and also answers questions.

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Joseph Pagano: still going “80 mph”

Joseph Pagano: still going “80 mph”

Internationally renowned virologist; past president of national cancer and international virology associations; National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine member; North Carolina Award for Science winner; revered mentor to faculty, fellows, medical and graduate students; Berryhill Lecturer; proud grandfather; dedicated squash and tennis player; and recent honoree at his eightieth birthday.

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real doctors, real people - N.E.D.

real doctors, real people - N.E.D.

N.E.D. is a rock band. The members of the band are gynecologic cancer surgeons from all over the country and two of them, Dr. John Boggess and Dr. John Soper, work here at UNC Health Care.

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UNC researchers: Benefits of varenicline (Chantix) may balance certain risks

Drs. Christine E. Kistler and Adam Goldstein discuss how clinicians can better have conversations about the balance between short-term risk of adverse cardiovascular events associated with taking Chantix compared to the long-term reduction in the risk of death that results from smoking cessation.

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Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination

Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination

Enduring subtle, insidious acts of racial discrimination is enough to depress anyone, but African-American men who believe that they should respond to stress with stoicism and emotional control experience more depression symptoms, according to new findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC study identifies pockets of high cervical cancer rates in North Carolina

A study of cervical cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina has revealed areas where rates are unusually high.

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UNC research center receives contract to fight kidney cancer

UNC research center receives contract to fight kidney cancer

The Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a contract from SAIC-Frederick, Inc. to develop potential drug leads for treating renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer in adults.

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Small DNA circles found outside the chromosomes in mammalian cells and tissues, including human cells

Small DNA circles found outside the chromosomes in mammalian cells and tissues, including human cells

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have helped identify a new DNA entity in mammalian cells and provided evidence that their generation leaves behind deletions in different locations of the cells’ genetic program, or genome.

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Gershon receives grant to study brain tumor, develop novel therapy

Gershon receives grant to study brain tumor, develop novel therapy

Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, has received a four-year National Institutes of Health Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award grant from the National Institute of Neurologic Disease and Stroke.

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Tobacco companies, convenience stores form 'deadly alliance' to entice kids to smoke, report says

Tobacco companies, convenience stores form 'deadly alliance' to entice kids to smoke, report says

Tobacco companies have enlisted convenience stores as their most important partners in marketing tobacco products and fighting policies that reduce tobacco use, according to a report released today by leading public health organizations, including The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

CHAPEL HILL -- A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully flushed latent HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to treat certain types of lymphoma.

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Wallen named 2012 American Urological Association Teacher of the Year

Wallen named 2012 American Urological Association Teacher of the Year

This award, initiated by the AUA Residents Committee and approved by the AUA Board, is presented annually to recognize an outstanding urology educator or program director who has dedicated a portion of his/her career to teaching residents and advancing urology graduate medical education.

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Muss, Keith talk about cancer care and families

Muss, Keith talk about cancer care and families

Loretta Muss, Coordinator of the N.C. Cancer Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Board, and fellow board member, Ryan Keith, talked about cancer care & families on the February 25, 26, and 27 broadcasts of YOUR HEALTH®.

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Protein complex affects cells’ ability to move, respond to external cues

Protein complex affects cells’ ability to move, respond to external cues

Chapel Hill, NC – In a paper published today in the journal, Cell, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has explained for the first time how a long-studied protein complex affects cell migration and how external cues affect cell’s ability to migrate.

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Testicular cancer treatment, one patient's story

UNC Lineberger patient David Alston talks about the treatment he is undergoing for testicular cancer.

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