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2014 University Cancer Research Fund Innovation Awards announced

Six researchers have been awarded 2014 University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF) Innovation Awards for promoting innovative and new ideas in cancer research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Field of Hope honors cancer survivors and raises money for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

Field of Hope honors cancer survivors and raises money for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

UNC Health Care and Rex Healthcare co-sponsored “Field of Hope” at the Durham Bulls game on Saturday, August 23 with a portion of special ticket sales going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

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Lung Cancer Initiative of NC Hosts 4th Lung Cancer Advocacy Summit

Lung Cancer Initiative of NC Hosts 4th Lung Cancer Advocacy Summit

The Lung Cancer Initiative of NC hosted a statewide Lung Cancer Summit on August 23 at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Lung cancer advocates were bolstered with training, resources, knowledge and the courage to take action. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center was the Host Sponsor of the event.

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The Ras Tracker

The Ras Tracker

For more than 20 years, Sharon Campbell, PhD, has been studying Ras, a protein implicated in 30 percent of all cancers. Now she’s on the hunt for alternative ways to shut the protein down.

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UNC researchers trade lab coats for running shoes

UNC researchers trade lab coats for running shoes

Kirsten Bryant, PhD, was recently recognized by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for her dual role in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

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UNC Lineberger researchers develop new approach to identify “drivers” of cancer

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have developed a new integrated approach to pinpoint the genetic “drivers” of cancer, uncovering eight genes that could be viable for targeted breast cancer therapy. The study, published online August 24 in Nature Genetics, was authored by Michael Gatza, PhD, lead author and post-doctoral research associate; Grace Silva, graduate student; Joel Parker, PhD, director of bioinformatics, UNC Lineberger; Cheng Fan, research associate; and senior author Chuck Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology.

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UNC researchers lead project to sequence rare kidney cancer

UNC researchers lead project to sequence rare kidney cancer

An international scientific collaboration led by researchers at UNC has revealed new insights into the unique genetic alterations that contribute to a rare form of kidney cancer.

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Innocenti Receives R21 Grant to Personalize Angiogenesis Inhibitors to Individual Cancer Patients

Innocenti Receives R21 Grant to Personalize Angiogenesis Inhibitors to Individual Cancer Patients

Angiogenesis inhibitors are a class of drugs commonly used in cancer therapy. However, there isn’t a way to identify patients who will benefit the most from treatment with these drugs. A new $275,000 grant could help Federico Innocenti, MD, PhD, and his team identify such patients based on their genetic profile.

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TCGA Gastric Adenocarcinoma paper identifies four subtypes of the disease

TCGA Gastric Adenocarcinoma paper identifies four subtypes of the disease

Margaret L. Gulley, MD, served as a coauthor on The Cancer Genome Atlas publication of “The Comprehensive Molecular Characterization of Gastric Adenocarcinoma” in the journal Nature. The paper identifies four subtypes of the cancer, which could provides information to allow for better patient tumor type identification and the development of targeted therapies for the cancer.

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Less than 50 percent of eligible individuals tested for colorectal cancer

Less than 50 percent of eligible individuals tested for colorectal cancer

Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, and Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, published “Regional variation in colorectal cancer testing and geographic availability of care in a publicly insured population” in the journal Health and Place. The paper found that less than 50 percent of eligible individuals had evidence of colorectal (CRC) testing.

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Muss and Williams show geriatric assessments feasible in community clinics

Muss and Williams show geriatric assessments feasible in community clinics

Hyman Muss, MD, and Grant Williams, MD, published “Feasibility of geriatric assessment in community oncology clinics” in the Journal of Geriatric Oncology. The paper showed that performing a geriatric assessment in a community oncology clinic can be done in a similar timeframe as in an academic setting.

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Two UNC Members featured in Science Magazine

Two UNC Members featured in Science Magazine

UNC Lineberger members David Margolis, MD, and Ronald Swanstrom, PhDm were both recently published in the journal Science.

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Older Patients with Limited Life Expectancy Still Receive Cancer Screenings

Older Patients with Limited Life Expectancy Still Receive Cancer Screenings

A substantial number of older patients with limited life expectancy receive routine screenings for prostate, breast, cervical and colorectal cancer even though the procedures are unlikely to benefit them, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC Lineberger announces Developmental Research Award winners

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has awarded nine researchers with Developmental Research Awards to support their work in advancing the fields of clinical/translational and population science cancer research.

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UNC Cancer Care’s statewide multidisciplinary approach highlighted in Health Leaders Media

UNC Cancer Care’s statewide multidisciplinary approach highlighted in Health Leaders Media

A recent article published in the July/August 2014 issue of Health Leaders magazine focuses on some of UNC Lineberger’s strengths that rank it among the nation’s leading cancer centers.

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U.S. News article highlights nation’s top cancer centers, cites UNC Lineberger

A recent U.S. News & World Report article highlights the nation’s cancer centers, focusing especially on those that the National Cancer Institute has designated as comprehensive cancer centers, citing advantages of patients being seen at or referred to these sites, including advances in technology and collaboration.

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Largest cancer genetic analysis reveals new way of classifying cancer

Largest cancer genetic analysis reveals new way of classifying cancer

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.

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Sellers co-authors book on Oncology Nurse Navigation

Sellers co-authors book on Oncology Nurse Navigation

Jean B. Sellers, RN, MSN has co-authored a chapter in the newly published book, Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum.

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Baker awarded NIH fellowship

Baker awarded NIH fellowship

Nicole Baker, graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology, and member of Channing Der's lab, is the recipient of an a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

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