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UNC spin-off receives $3M Small Business Innovation Research grant

UNC spin-off receives $3M Small Business Innovation Research grant

Chapel Hill, NC – G-Zero Therapeutics, an RTP company started in 2008 based on technologies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded a $3 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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UNC Lineberger Scientist Channing Der’s memorable visit with Carolina for Kibera in Kenya

UNC Lineberger Scientist Channing Der’s memorable visit with Carolina for Kibera in Kenya

Channing Der and his wife, Kathy, had already planned a 30th wedding anniversary trip to Kenya. After hearing Carolina alumnus and author Rye Barcott talk about his book, It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace, and describe the Carolina for Kibera program in Nairobi, Kenya, they knew they had to see the program in action.

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UNC team reports link between protein overexpression and head and neck cancer outcomes

UNC team reports link between protein overexpression and head and neck cancer outcomes

Chapel Hill - A team of UNC scientists report that in laboratory studies, overexpression of a specific protein could be used as a prognostic marker and as a guide for therapeutic choices for patients with head and neck cancer. Their findings appear in the September 9, 2011 online issue of the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

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UNC researchers identify important step in sperm reprogramming

UNC researchers identify important step in sperm reprogramming

CHAPEL HILL – When sperm meets egg, the chemical instructions that tag sperm cells must be erased so that human life can start anew. One way these instructions are erased is through demethylation, the removal of specific chemical tags or methyl groups that dot the underlying DNA of cells. Though scientists have known about this phenomenon for a decade, exactly how such “reprogramming” occurs has proved elusive.

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UNC scientist proves potential of new nanoparticle design for cancer therapy

UNC scientist proves potential of new nanoparticle design for cancer therapy

Chapel Hill - A new type of nanoparticle developed in the laboratories at the University of North Carolina has shown potential for more effective delivery of chemotherapy to treat cancer. Wenbin Lin, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy, and colleagues report their finding online in advance of print on September 14, 2011 in Angewandte Chemie, the German-based flagship chemistry journal.

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Weili Lin, PhD, appointed Dixie Lee Boney Soo Distinguished Professor in Neurological Medicine

Weili Lin, PhD, appointed Dixie Lee Boney Soo Distinguished Professor in Neurological Medicine

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Weili Lin, PhD, professor of radiology, neurology and biomedical engineering and director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, has been appointed The Dixie Lee Boney Soo Distinguished Professor in Neurological Medicine.

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Researchers identify components that keep immune system in check

Researchers identify components that keep immune system in check

CHAPEL HILL – Within the immune system, a subtle balance exists between the cells that destroy alien pathogens and those that preserve the body’s own tissues. When the balance gets out of whack, the cells that normally target viruses or bacteria can go astray, attacking innocent cells and causing autoimmune and inflammatory disease.

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Large international study discovers common genetic contributions to mental illness

Large international study discovers common genetic contributions to mental illness

CHAPEL HILL – A team of over 250 researchers from more than 20 countries have discovered that common genetic variations contribute to a person’s risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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NSF grants awarded for soft matter research

Two recent grants from the National Science Foundation will support soft matter research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Chemist receives NIH award to support innovative research

Chemist receives NIH award to support innovative research

Kevin Weeks, a chemist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received an award from the National Institutes of Health to support innovative research on creating new drugs that work by binding to RNA.

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UNC Lineberger patient Morgan Throckmorton talks with WRAL about her diagnosis, clinical trials

UNC Lineberger patient Morgan Throckmorton was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 when she was 24 years old. She is now part of a UNC-led trial to test a new drug, Regorafinib.

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Two UNC Lineberger faculty receive 2011 Hettleman Awards

Two UNC Lineberger faculty receive 2011 Hettleman Awards

Two UNC Lineberger faculty, Noel Brewer, PhD, associate professor of health behavior and health education in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Karen Mohlke, PhD, associate professor of genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, have received the 2011 Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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UNC scientist to study post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery decision making

UNC scientist to study post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery decision making

Chapel Hill - Deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy is highly challenging for many patients. Clara Lee, MD, MPP, a UNC School of Medicine physician/scientist, has received a five-year grant award to examine patients’ decision-making process about reconstruction and the effects of reconstruction on quality of life and body image. The $862,700.00 career development award to the plastic and reconstructive surgeon is from the National Institutes of Health.

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Lawrence Marks, MD, appointed Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research

Lawrence Marks, MD, appointed Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research

Chapel Hill, NC – Lawrence B. Marks, MD, chairman of the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology, has been appointed the Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. The professorship, established by a $500K gift from Wally (class of ’66) and Lil Loewenbaum of Austin, Texas, is named in honor of Mr. Loewenbaum’s grandfather, Dr. Sidney K. Simon.

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Peer Connect Program trains survivors to “guide” patients and fellow survivors

Peer Connect provides training for cancer survivors who wish to "give back" by talking with or being a buddy to another patient or survivor. Peer Connect meets a need for more formalized training for the "guides" or peer counselors by teaching effective communication skills and strategies based on Motivational Interviewing (MI), which focuses on listening and meeting the needs of the recipient rather than giving advice or telling people what to do.

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Powell Hammond selected as White House Fellow

Powell Hammond selected as White House Fellow

Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior and health education at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named to the 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows, the White House recently announced.

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McKenney among 17 nurses honored by local media

Susan McKenney, APRN, BC, MSN, OCN, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, has been selected by NBC 17, along with Chapel Hill and Durham magazines, as a Super 17 Nurse.

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Grants to fund research into improving bone marrow transplant complications, outcomes

Grants to fund research into improving bone marrow transplant complications, outcomes

Chapel Hill, NC – Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD, was recruited to UNC in 2009 with the help of the University Cancer Research Fund. Now she is a recipient of two grants that have helped establish her own laboratory to look into the causes of chronic Graft vs. Host Disease. Sarantopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Microbiology and Immunology and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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$100,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to fund childhood sarcoma research

$100,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to fund childhood sarcoma research

Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Raleigh-Durham Area Hyundai Dealers today awarded Ian Davis, MD, PhD, a $100,000 grant to support research into the causes of and treatments for pediatric sarcoma. Davis, assistant professor of pediatrics and genetics and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 71 recipients of Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ 2011 Hope Grant program, where $7.1 million will be awarded to support research and programs in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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Free prostate cancer screenings offered at UNC Hospitals, Sept. 21-22

Free prostate cancer screenings offered at UNC Hospitals, Sept. 21-22

Men who are 40 years old or older, or who have a family history of prostate cancer, may make an appointment in advance by calling 919-966-1316. Walk-ins are also accepted.

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Cancer Conversations: a community monthly educational series for cancer patients and families

The UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program is sponsoring a monthly community educational series called “Cancer Conversations.” Featuring UNC physicians and others, the series is a time intended to help people learn from and talk with cancer experts. The sessions will be held the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm: September 20, October 18, November 15 (no session in December).

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UNC study shows potential for nanotechnology-based therapy for ovarian cancer

UNC study shows potential for nanotechnology-based therapy for ovarian cancer

Chapel Hill - A UNC-led study has shown the potential for nanotechnology therapy for ovarian cancer. Scientists at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke University Medical Center conducted a preclinical study using nanoparticle technology to deliver doses of chemo- and radiotherapy that specifically targeted metastasized ovarian cancer cells, eradicating the cancer and lessening the toxicities often associated with the treatment.

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St. Baldrick’s Foundation announces $330,000 grant to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

St. Baldrick’s Foundation announces $330,000 grant to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. It takes life-saving research to Conquer Kids’ Cancer! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a $330,000 St. Baldrick’s Scholar award to Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, and assistant professor of neurology at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Causes of African-American breast cancer incidence study receives $19.3M: UNC partners to form largest US database

Chapel Hill - UNC scientist Robert Millikan will partner with Christine Ambrosone, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and Julie R. Palmer, of Boston University, in the most ambitious study to date of breast cancer among younger African-American women.

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USA Today looks at pancreatic cancer, Goldberg quoted

USA Today looks at pancreatic cancer, Goldberg quoted

Richard Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, is quoted in the Health section of USA Today's website.

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V Foundation grant supports local cancer research

A grant from The V Foundation for Cancer Research is helping to fund skin cancer research at UNC Lineberger.

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Oncology nurse Delma Armstrong recognized for her patient care

Oncology nurse Delma Armstrong recognized for her patient care

Each month the Patient Resource Cancer Guide recognizes an oncology nurse who exhibits dedication and compassion for his/her patients and profession - Delma Armstrong, BSN, RN, OCN, is the featured oncology nurse for June 2011.

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Working on workplace wellness, Linnan featured in an expert interview

Working on workplace wellness, Linnan featured in an expert interview

An expert interview with Laura Linnan, ScD, CHES, is featured in News & Views, a publication of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).

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Charles Perou, PhD, appointed May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professorship of Molecular Oncology Research

Charles Perou, PhD, appointed May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professorship of Molecular Oncology Research

Chapel Hill, NC – Charles M. Perou, PhD, professor of genetics, and pathology & laboratory medicine, and leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center breast cancer research program has been appointed the May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professor of Molecular Oncology Research. The professorship, established by a $1 million gift from Wally (class of ’66) and Lil Loewenbaum of Austin, Texas is named in honor of Mrs. Lowenbaum’s mother, May Goldman Shaw.

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Molecular delivery truck serves gene therapy cocktail

Molecular delivery truck serves gene therapy cocktail

CHAPEL HILL, NC – In a kind of molecular gymnastics, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have devised a gene therapy cocktail that has the potential to treat some inherited diseases associated with “misfolded” proteins.

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Single fatherhood due to cancer, UNC faculty offer support

Single fatherhood due to cancer, UNC faculty offer support

Cancer is a leading cause of widowed fatherhood in the United States. Faculty with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program authored a commentary titled “Single Fatherhood Due to Cancer” in the August issue of the journal Psycho-Oncology outlining challenges these fathers face and future directions to develop supportive interventions for them and their children.

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New UNC Cancer Care commercials now airing

New television ads for UNC Cancer Care are now airing. As we launch the UNC Cancer Care brand, we hope these ads reflect a little bit of what our outstanding clinical care programs are all about. Be sure to look for them on television! The ads can also be viewed below.

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UNC scientist to partner on nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer

UNC scientist to partner on nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer

Chapel Hill - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Joseph DeSimone, PhD, will partner with scientists at two universities and a local biotechnology company to develop a nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation awarded the UNC-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard-Johns Hopkins-Liquidia Technologies consortium a Challenge Award of $1 million, one of ten such awards funded by the organization.

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Welcome the 2011 radiation oncology residents

Welcome the 2011 radiation oncology residents

Six new residents have begun their training with the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology.

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Breaking down blood clots, Moll quoted

Breaking down blood clots, Moll quoted

Stephan Moll, MD, is quoted in an article titled "Blood Clots Pose Threat to All of Us," published today on Fox Business' website.

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Rapid rise of robotic surgery in treating cancer, Stitzenberg quoted

Rapid rise of robotic surgery in treating cancer, Stitzenberg quoted

Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, is quoted in an article titled "Tracking the Rise of Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer" published in the August 9, 2011 issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin.

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Campbell sees cancer as a team sport

Campbell sees cancer as a team sport

Marci Campbell, PhD, MPH, RD, authored a guest editorial titled "Cancer is a Team Sport" for the August 2011 issue of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

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Whitehurst stands up to cancer through research

Whitehurst stands up to cancer through research

Angelique Whitehurst, PhD, and her Stand Up to Cancer research grant were featured in an article in the August 2011 issue of Nature Medicine.

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Lifetime Televison looks at colon cancer, talks with Dr. Richard Goldberg

Lifetime Televison looks at colon cancer, talks with Dr. Richard Goldberg

Richard Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, talks with Kristy Villa, one of the hosts of Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act" about colon cancer.

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Lisa Carey, MD, appointed Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research

Lisa Carey, MD, appointed Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research

Chapel Hill, NC – Lisa A. Carey, MD, Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the UNC Breast Center and Associate Director for Clinical Research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been appointed The Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research.

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UNC,  NC community colleges partner to prevent cancer

UNC, NC community colleges partner to prevent cancer

Project will assess needs and work to accelerate adoption of evidence-based cancer prevention interventions

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“Corona Cares” program to benefit N.C. Cancer Hospital Kicks Off August 1

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 patients and families at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Male circumcision lowers prevalence of penile precancerous lesions among African men, UNC study finds

Male circumcision lowers prevalence of penile precancerous lesions among African men, UNC study finds

Chapel Hill - A University of North Carolina-led international study shows that among Kenyan men, circumcision is associated with a lower prevalence of human papillomavirus-associated precancerous lesions of the penis.

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Band rocks out to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers

Band rocks out to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers

The article "Oncologists by day, rock stars by night” written by Rachel Saslow and published in The Washington Post on July 25, 2011 features the band, N.E.D (which stands for “No Evidence of Disease”).

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Jacobson receives award for his contributions to the field of fluorescence

Jacobson receives award for his contributions to the field of fluorescence

Ken Jacobson, PhD, Kenan Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the UNC School of Medicine, received the Gregorio Weber Award for Excellence in Fluorescence Theory and Applications at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, Maryland.

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