Researchers with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network have completed the largest, most diverse tumor genetic analysis ever conducted, revealing a new approach to classifying cancers. The work, led by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other TCGA sites, not only revamps traditional ideas of how cancers are diagnosed and treated, but could also have a profound impact on the future landscape of drug development.
Faculty members at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and other institutions have discovered links between a set of genes known to promote tumor growth and mucoepidermoid carcinoma, an oral cancer that affects the salivary glands. The discovery could help physicians develop new treatments that target the cancer’s underlying genetic causes.
Feng Liu, PhD, a research professor in the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics and UNC Lineberger member, died tragically Thursday, July 24, after being assaulted and robbed while walking in a neighborhood near campus. Liu was a dedicated colleague, educator and researcher focused on gene and drug delivery.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) lingers in the human body for years, slowly damaging the liver and leading to liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer, which is often fatal. Research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has discovered a mechanism that facilitates the virus achieving this life-long persistence. Chronic HCV infection is the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States.
UNC Hospitals is nationally ranked in cancer, taking the number 38th spot in the country. The latest ranking is up from 43rd in 2013.
Dr. Antonio (Tony) Amelio recently began his joint appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the UNC School of Dentistry and as associate member at UNC Lineberger.
Sharon Campbell, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, has been awarded the 2014 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award by the UNC School of Medicine. The award recognizes sustained, exceptional cancer research over a career by School of Medicine faculty.
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) has awarded William Kim, MD, associate professor of medicine, urology, and genetics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, with the 2014 Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award to support his project “Immune Characterization of High-Grade Bladder Cancer.”
Six UNC Lineberger members are among the most often-cited scientists in the world, according to the Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list.
Cancer care in North Carolina is the focus of the July/August issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal (NCMJ). The issue, co-guest-edited by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members Ethan Basch, MD, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, features articles on a wide variety of issues that determine how the state’s residents receive treatment for cancer.