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.

The awards recognize faculty, fellows, residents, and postdoctoral trainees with one-year grants of up to $50,000 each. In the population sciences category, award winners are chosen from projects in cancer prevention and control and cancer epidemiology, or in projects that bridge the basic and population sciences. In the clinical/translational category, award winners are chosen from researchers conducting pilot clinical trials, conducting research using human subjects or tissues or working on interventions (drugs, devices, behavioral approaches, etc.) that will be used as the basis for treatments or the measurement of patient health outcomes.

Funding for these awards is made possible by support from private donors, including the Carolina Capstone Challenge, the National Cancer Institute, and other grant funding. Award winners and abstracts can be found here.

The 2014 Developmental Award winners are:

Population Sciences Cancer Research Awards

Clara Lee, MD, MPP

Associate Professor, Surgery

Decision making and outcomes of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy

Hazel Nichols, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Pilot study of breast cancer chemoprevention use and adherence in a large integrated healthcare setting

Matthew Nielsen, MD, MS, FACS

Assistant Professor, Urology

MISCAN-Bladder: A simulation model for comparative effectiveness research

Daniel Reuland, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine, Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Adaptation and testing of a decision aid for lung cancer screening

Christine Rini, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Behavior

Adapting an internet-based pain coping skills training program to help cancer patients manage bone pain


Clinical/Translational Cancer Research Awards 

Elizabeth Flate, PhD

Postdoctoral Trainee (Yeh Lab)

Evaluating a stromal gene signature as a prognostic tool in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Scott Magness, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Development of models to study the origin and progression of intestinal carcinoids

Janet Leung, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

An investigation into the therapeutic potential of MYC inhibition by I-BET151 in renal cancer

William Zamboni, PharmD, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmacy

Evaluation of mediators of monocuclear phagocyte system (MPS) function and nanoparticle pharmacology in obese and non-obese patients with ovarian and endometrial cancer enrolled on the UNC Cancer Survivorship cohort (CSC)