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All news items from 2011 plus older items from 2009-2010.

UNC surgeon trains future surgeons in Malawi: The Malawi Surgical Initiative

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 12, 2011 12:00 PM

Carol Shores, MD, PhD, FACS, has been interested in the link between viruses and cancer for over 20 years, after working on virus- associated cancers as a pre-doctoral fellow in the UNC Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Oropharyngeal cancers, like cervical cancer, are associated with human papilloma viruses and endemic Burkitt lymphoma, a childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, is associated with Epstein-Barr virus.

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Earp talks about the creation of UNC Lineberger on "Good to Great at Carolina"

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 12, 2011 05:05 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser talks with Shelley Earp, MD, director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, about the creation and development of the cancer center. This discussion is the third in a series based on the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.

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Spotlight on Terry Magnuson - his work featured on UNC's website

Spotlight on Terry Magnuson - his work featured on UNC's website

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 17, 2011 10:56 AM

Terry Magnuson, PhD, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor, Chair of the Department of Genetics, and Vice Dean for Research at the School of Medicine, is featured in a spotlight story on UNC-Chapel Hill's website.

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Event honors Durhams, raises money to name a consultation room in their honor

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 18, 2011 10:40 AM

Woody and Jean Durham were honored on October 13 in Chapel Hill for their volunteer service to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at a dinner called “A Toast to Woody.”

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Study quantifies false positives for yearly mammograms

Study quantifies false positives for yearly mammograms

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 18, 2011 09:26 AM

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium also compares digital and film mammography

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Fast Break Against Cancer raises more than $210,000 for cancer research and treatment

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 07, 2012 10:51 AM

Coach Roy Williams’ 7th annual Fast Break Against Cancer raised more than $210,000 for cancer research and treatment at UNC Lineberger and in our community.

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UNC nanotech entrepreneur to speak at TEDMED annual conference

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 20, 2011 02:15 PM

Joseph DeSimone, PhD, has been invited to join an elite list of speakers at this year’s TEDMED Conference in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 25 – 28.

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Meet Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD - a kidney cancer doctor at UNC Lineberger

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 21, 2011 10:16 AM

Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, thrives on discovery, whether in her lab developing a new experiment for kidney cancer or in her kitchen trying out a new food or cuisine.

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UNC cancer researcher awarded top V Scholar ranking

UNC cancer researcher awarded top V Scholar ranking

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 24, 2011 03:47 PM

The V Foundation for Cancer Research announced this week that Greg Wang, PhD, has been awarded the Martin D. Abeloff, MD, V Scholar Award. This award goes to the research project that receives the highest rating from the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Wang was tied with Hongwu Zheng, PhD, of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for this honor and is the 10th V Scholar from UNC Lineberger.

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UNC scientist receives grant to identify biomarkers for breast cancer recurrence risk

UNC scientist receives grant to identify biomarkers for breast cancer recurrence risk

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 26, 2011 10:11 AM

Chapel Hill - A UNC scientist was awarded one of seven grants presented by the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer at their seventh annual event in Charlotte, NC.

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UNC scientists offer first evidence of using biologically targeted nanoparticles to boost radiation therapy effects

UNC scientists offer first evidence of using biologically targeted nanoparticles to boost radiation therapy effects

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 18, 2011 11:19 AM

Chapel Hill - Making a tumor more sensitive to radiotherapy is a primary goal of combining chemo and radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer, but with the chemotherapy drugs come unwanted side effects.

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Study links chemotherapy response to heritable factors

Study links chemotherapy response to heritable factors

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 27, 2011 09:18 AM

Findings guide future research on chemotherapy resistance

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Morning UV exposure may be less damaging to the skin

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 31, 2011 01:54 PM

CHAPEL HILL – Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that the timing of exposure to UV rays – early in the morning or later in the afternoon – can influence the onset of skin cancer.

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Chapel Hill’s big running event to benefit UNC Lineberger

Chapel Hill’s big running event to benefit UNC Lineberger

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 06, 2012 11:39 AM

Wells Fargo Tar Heel 10 miler and Fleet Feet 4+ mile run take place April 21, 2012

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Growing without cell division

Growing without cell division

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 01, 2011 11:43 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - An international team of scientists, including biologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, may have pinpointed for the first time the mechanism responsible for cell polyploidy, a state in which cells contain more than 2 paired sets of chromosomes.

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2011 Oncology Nursing Excellence and Clinical Excellence Award winners announced

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 07, 2011 10:07 AM

Chapel Hill - The Oncology Nursing Excellence and Clinical Services Excellence Awards recognize four employees who exemplify the very best in cancer care at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Cancer Care.

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Dianne Shaw named Hometown Hero for November 8

Dianne Shaw named Hometown Hero for November 8

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 09, 2011 03:13 PM

WCHL named Dianne Shaw a Hometown Hero for November 8, 2011. 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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Loretta Muss named Hometown Hero for November 4

Loretta Muss named Hometown Hero for November 4

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 16, 2011 01:19 PM

WCHL named Loretta Muss a Hometown Hero for November 4, 2011. 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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University of North Carolina and SAS fight cancer together

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 10, 2011 11:46 AM

UNC Lineberger and SAS developing technology that tracks patient characteristics, treatment and outcomes

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No evidence for potential competition between human papillomavirus types in men

No evidence for potential competition between human papillomavirus types in men

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 10, 2011 03:39 PM

Chapel Hill - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently recommended that teenage boys be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus.

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Biomedical Research Imaging Center to be fourth U.S. site for MRPET scanner

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 29, 2011 09:40 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC) will be the fourth site in the United States to obtain a leading-edge imaging system called an MRPET scanner (also known as a PET-MRI). The machine will first be installed in current BRIC building but will be moved to the new building going up adjacent to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and BRIC director Weili Lin, PhD, is already strategizing with top experts in the field to put this innovative technology to good use.

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Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 15, 2011 01:06 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After a heart attack, the portions of the heart damaged by a lack of oxygen become scar tissue. Researchers have long sought ways to avoid this scarring, which can harden the walls of the heart, lessen its ability to pump blood throughout the body and eventually lead to heart failure. But new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that interrupting this process can weaken heart function even further.

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NBC Nightly News looks at latest research on aging, Sharpless comments

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 15, 2011 01:20 PM

Ned Sharpless, MD, professor of medicine and genetics and associate director for translational research at UNC Lineberger, commented on Mayo Clinic's latest research on aging on the November 6, 2011 broadcast of the NBC Nightly News.

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Viruses and cancer focus of Damania’s talk at National Academy of Sciences annual science symposium

Viruses and cancer focus of Damania’s talk at National Academy of Sciences annual science symposium

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 21, 2011 09:39 AM

Blossom Damania, PhD, was a speaker at the Twenty-third Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, held November 17-19, 2011 in Irvine, California. The symposium is hosted by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Protein associated with childhood cancer alters the structure of DNA, leading to cancer, UNC study shows

Protein associated with childhood cancer alters the structure of DNA, leading to cancer, UNC study shows

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 21, 2011 10:06 AM

Chapel Hill - UNC scientists have demonstrated for the first time how a critical gene associated with a type of childhood cancer alters the way DNA is packaged in cells and leads to cancer. Their laboratory discovery could result in the development of a targeted therapy to treat Ewing Sarcoma, a malignant bone and soft tissue tumor of children and young adults.

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P Rex-1 protein key to melanoma metastasis

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 22, 2011 11:22 AM

UNC scientists contribute cell studies and protein expression analysis

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Cell molecule identified as central player in the formation of new blood vessels

by ellen.degraffenreid last modified Nov 30, 2011 11:49 AM

The molecule is the protein Shc (pronounced SHIK), and new blood vessel formation, or angiogenesis, is seriously impaired without it.

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Gehrig named director of UNC Gynecologic Oncology

Gehrig named director of UNC Gynecologic Oncology

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 30, 2011 11:50 AM

Paola Gehrig, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has been named director of UNC Gynecologic Oncology. In her new role she will oversee gynecologic oncology in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Donald Rosenstein serves as president of Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Donald Rosenstein serves as president of Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 01, 2011 10:35 AM

Donald Rosenstein, MD, professor of psychiatry and medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, will serve a one-year term as president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Rosenstein is a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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President Obama taps Barbara Rimer to lead National Cancer Panel

President Obama taps Barbara Rimer to lead National Cancer Panel

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 06, 2011 12:25 PM

President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, to chair the President’s Cancer Panel. The panel was established as part of the National Cancer Act, signed by President Nixon in 1971

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The power to help, hurt and confuse: direct-to-consumer whole genome testing

The power to help, hurt and confuse: direct-to-consumer whole genome testing

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 06, 2011 04:08 PM

CHAPEL HILL – The era of widely available next generation personal genomic testing has arrived and with it the ability to quickly and relatively affordably learn the sequence of your entire genome. This would include what is referred to as the “exome,” your complete set of protein-coding sequences.

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UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 19, 2011 10:09 AM

Chapel Hill - The complete sequence of an individual’s genome – all 3 billion DNA building blocks - will soon be affordably available to doctors, patients and even consumers. While knowledge of one’s genome may have important medical benefits, tremendous questions remain regarding an avalanche of such data means and how they should be used. Many clinical, ethical and social issues arise from the evaluation, use and sharing of the data.

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American Cancer Society Revises Cancer Screening Guideline Process; UNC scientists are report co-authors

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 13, 2011 04:15 PM

ATLANTA –December 13, 2011– The American Cancer Society has revised its guideline formation process to achieve greater transparency, consistency, and rigor in creating guidance about cancer screening. The new methods align with new principles from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) by creating a single generalist group for writing the guidelines, commissioning systematic evidence reviews, and clearly articulating the benefits, limitations, and harms associated with cancer screening tests. The new process is outlined in a Special Communication in the December 14, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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UNC scientist elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

UNC scientist elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 15, 2011 10:03 AM

Weili Lin, PhD, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Lin was cited for his outstanding contributions to the development and translation of MR functional neuroimaging.

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Six UNC faculty recognized by prestigious international scientific society

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 15, 2011 02:19 PM

Six University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Editorial urges rapid clinical trials for targeted breast cancer therapies

Editorial urges rapid clinical trials for targeted breast cancer therapies

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 20, 2011 09:07 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – In an editorial published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UNC associate professor E. Claire Dees, MD, reviews current evidence on the safety and efficacy of combination therapies currently used for metastatic breast cancer and urges clinical researchers to move forward with new studies that leverage advances in the identification of tumor biomarkers.

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UNC Lineberger remembers Marci Campbell

UNC Lineberger remembers Marci Campbell

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 24, 2011 10:45 AM

Dr. Marci Campbell, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, died December 14 after living with cancer with grace and caring for almost two years.

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Sing a song of hope - local caroling tradition brings cheer each year

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 28, 2011 10:06 AM

One neighborhood in Cary has become the centerpiece of a holiday tradition that benefits UNC Lineberger.

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UNC radiation oncology resident Nathan Sheets wins ASCO Merit Award

UNC radiation oncology resident Nathan Sheets wins ASCO Merit Award

by Mary Ruth last modified Dec 29, 2011 09:59 AM

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will award 20 oncology trainees with Merit Awards at the 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. The symposium will be held February 2 - 4, 2012 in San Francisco.

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