CHAPEL HILL – For decades, scientists have known that DNA consists of four basic units – adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine. Those four bases have been taught in science textbooks and have formed the basis of the growing knowledge regarding how genes code for life. Yet in recent history, scientists have expanded that list from four to six.
Collaboration between University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Canadian scientists has resulted in a molecular probe capable of specifically targeting two proteins that affect a wide range of biological functions in humans by controlling the expression of certain genes.
Using a patient’s genetic information can be successfully used to manage the drug concentrations of tamoxifen, a drug used to treat and prevent breast cancer.
Chapel Hill, NC - Robert Adams, EdD, RT, CMD; Bahjat Qaqish, MD, PhD; and Jessica A. Church, BS, RT, all from UNC, and Kimberly L. MetCalf, EdD, RT, MR, from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions are the winners of the 2010-2011 Jean I. Widger Distinguished Author Award from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Six new fellows have joined the Division of Hematology/Oncology.
Chapel Hill - A new fellowship training program in psychosomatic medicine is beginning at UNC, a partnership of the UNC School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, part of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Chapel Hill - Channing Der, PhD, Kenan Professor of Pharmacology, and Yue Xiong, PhD, Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, have been awarded the fourth annual Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award in recognition of their accomplishments in cancer research. Both are members of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
American life expectancies, which have climbed steadily for almost a century, may drop in years to come as the obesity epidemic progresses.
Technology used to promote better health and cancer prevention statewide
Chapel Hill - Thomas Shea, MD, will serve a two-year term as chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). He was previously elected as chair-elect. The Advisory Committee establishes policy for, and provides scientific direction to the CIBMTR.
UNC completes miRNA and array analysis
Recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and former UNC Women’s Basketball player Jessica Breland – who now plays in the WNBA for the New York Liberty – was honored with the the 23rd annual Honda Inspiration Award.
Chapel Hill - The human immune system is a double-edged sword. While it is finely adapted to fighting potentially deadly viruses, such as the H1N1 influenza, the mechanisms it uses to fight pathogens can have negative effects such as inflammatory disorders or autoimmune diseases.
New drugs should work for rare blood disorder
Chapel Hill - UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center honored three clinical oncology fellows with $5,000 awards for their research accomplishments and clinical excellence. These first-ever awards were given to Daniel Higginson, MD, Autumn McRee, MD, and Emma Rossi, MD.
Gary Rosson was honored by the NC Triangle Komen Race for the Cure as the 2011 winner of the Co-Survivor Award. Rosson is a research associate in the lab of UNC Lineberger faculty member Scott Bultman.
Dr. Shelley Earp, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center director, joined Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, on ABC 11’s Heart of Carolina Perspectives show which aired on Sunday, June 19, 2011.
Finding points new direction for study of chronic Hepatitis C
Input sought from Fayetteville’s African-American and Latino communities
Each year, the President’s Cancer Panel assembles a group of experts to provide official testimony about the nation’s cancer agenda. The theme changes annually – for 2009-2010 the panel focused on “America’s Demographic and Cultural Transformation: Implications for Cancer.” A full report was released this spring.
2011 Statesman Award honors extraordinary voluntary efforts
UNC Lineberger’s Fellowship Program in Hematology/Oncology is being recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) this weekend at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The article "Why do men die earlier?" written by Bridget Murray-Law and published in the June 2011 issue of Monitor on Psychology, looks at new research that analyzes how men take care of themselves.