UNC Lineberger News

Deborah Mayer to be UNC Lineberger Director of Cancer Survivorship

Professor Deborah K. Mayer has been named the UNC Lineberger Director of Cancer Survivorship. In her new position, Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, will lead the effort to enhance clinical and research initiatives for cancer survivors for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate awards $50,000 grant to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program

The Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (NCTC) has awarded a $50,000 grant to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program to fund a project aimed at improving access to comprehensive lymphedema care for breast cancer patients in central North Carolina.

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Board of Visitors member, Francine Netter Roberson, publishes book

UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors member, Francine Netter Roberson, has written the first major biography of her father, the legendary medical illustrator, Frank Netter, MD. Medicine’s Michelangelo, The Life & Art of Frank Netter, MD (October, 2013, Quinnipiac University Press) is based on Frank Netter’s private papers and published works along with the remembrances of his family, friends and colleagues.

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Jackson Laboratory CEO headlines 9th Annual UNC Lineberger Scientific Retreat

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will hold its 9th Annual Scientific Retreat on May 14 at the Carolina Club. The retreat will feature lectures from Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, a State of the LCCC address from UNC Lineberger Director Norman Sharpless and lectures from eight UNC Lineberger members.

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Commemorative tile honors Clara Alston, RN

Clara Alston had a 37 year career as a newborn critical care nurse at N.C. Children’s Hospital. When Clara began working at UNC in 1975, newborn critical care units were just starting to pop up in hospitals. By the time she retired from her position as assistant nurse manager in the Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC) in 2012, Clara was an expert in the field of newborn critical care. She often shared stories about the early days and the evolution of newborn critical care nursing.

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Betty Ray McCain honored with UNC Lineberger’s Outstanding Service Award

Betty Ray McCain has given much of herself to UNC Lineberger. She has been a member of the UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors since 2005. Most recently, she served as chair of the Membership and Nominating Committee. Prior to that, she ably served as vice chair from 2007-2009 and chaired the board from 2009-2012.

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Stepping up to raise funds, awareness for bladder cancer

Team UNC Lineberger participated in Saturday’s Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network’s (BCAN) Annual Walks for Bladder Cancer.

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UNC Lineberger teams to participate in Pancreatic Cancer Purple Stride 5K

UNC Lineberger will be well represented at the 2014 Pancreatic Cancer Purple Stride 5K. The event, organized by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, helps raise awareness and research funds for pancreatic cancer.

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Major named American Cancer Society Research Scholar

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has named Ben Major, PhD, assistant professor with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, as a 2014 Research Scholar.

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New leadership for UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors

The UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors elected new leaders at its spring meeting in April. Richard Stevens of Cary, NC was elected to serve as chair, and Jean Kitchin of Scotland Neck, NC will serve as vice chair. Their terms will begin on July 1, 2014.

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UNC Lineberger teams with Duke, WUSTL to speed drug development

A partnership formed by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Duke Cancer Institute and the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis will become part of a national network working to accelerate the pace of cancer drug development.

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Two UNC Lineberger members named Kimmel Scholars

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research has named Greg Wang, PhD, and Qing Zhang, PhD, as 2014 Sidney Kimmel Scholars.

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UNC researchers discover “master regulator” role for little-known protein in cancer cells

Previously thought to only play a role in male fertility, the protein DAZAP1 has now been shown to be a major player in how genes are expressed; in cell culture experiments it stifled the progression of several types of cancer cells.

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News and Observer article on e-cigarette regulation features UNC Centers for Tobacco Regulatory Science

A News and Observer article on the role of Triangle organizations in guiding the efforts of federal regulators crafting regulations for e-cigarettes features the work of work of UNC Lineberger members Kurt Ribisl, PhD, and Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH.

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Sharpless and Kim inducted at American Association of Physicians and American Society for Clinical Investigation meeting, Rathmell elected ASCI Treasurer

Norman Sharpless, MD, Director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been inducted as a member of the American Association of Physicians (AAP). His induction was announced at the joint American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)/American Association of Physicians meeting in Chicago.

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UNC Lineberger selected to join A Survivor Action Partnership to improve the lives of prostate cancer survivors

UNC Lineberger has been selected to participate in A Survivor Action Partnership – United States of America (ASAP USA), a consortium of institutions that will collaborate to develop and study interventions to improve the lives of prostate cancer survivors in the United States. Sixteen institutions were selected following a peer reviewed application process. Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, assistant professor of radiation oncology is leading the UNC Lineberger ASAP USA team.

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UNC Lineberger’s Matt Foster, MD, vies for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year title

UNC Lineberger’s Matt Foster, MD, vies for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year title

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign is a national fundraising competition in which participants vie for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. They raise funds for blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors. The titles are awarded to the men and women who raise the most funds during the campaign in their communities. The top local fundraisers in the country also win the national titles.

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Solving Cancer’s Secrets: 5 Questions with Dr. Chuck Perou

Solving Cancer’s Secrets: 5 Questions with Dr. Chuck Perou

Five questions for Chuck Perou, PhD, a UNC geneticist on the hunt for better treatments for the most deadly form of breast cancer

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UNC researchers develop insights into protein linked to cell movement

Cell movement plays an important role in a host of biological functions from embryonic development to repairing wounded tissue. It also enables cancer cells to break free from their sites of origin and migrate throughout the body.

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Mayer Receives Funds to Implement Survivorship Care Plans

UNC Lineberger member Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was awarded $50,000 in funding through the UNC School of Medicine’s Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement seed grant program for her proposal “Implementing Survivorship Care Plans.”

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Andrew Tucker: Building a Better Image

Andrew Tucker, PhD, used his graduate experience at UNC to help build a new kind of mammographic imaging machine now in use in a clinical trial at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.

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Pope Foundation gives $1.3 million to UNC Lineberger to fight cancer

The John William Pope Foundation has made a $1.3 million gift to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fund cancer research and treatment.

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Johnson joins ‘Dream Team’ of scientists collaborating on rare pediatric cancer

UNC Lineberger member Gary Johnson, PhD, professor and chair of the UNC Department of Pharmacology, has been tapped to join Synodos, a team of scientists working together to defeat the rare genetic disorder neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). A first-of-its-kind NF research collaboration, Synodos has brought together centers of excellence from institutions across the country. Johnson will be just one of 12 academic researchers in the collaboration.

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Join the Walk for Bladder Cancer on May 3, 2014 in Hillsborough

Please join Team Lineberger for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) annual walk to raise awareness about bladder cancer on May 3, 2014 in Hillsborough, NC.

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Studies examine the role of physical force on cells

The push and pull of physical force can cause profound changes in the behavior of a cell. Two studies from researchers working at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center reveal how cells respond to mechanical manipulation.

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UNC Lineberger to be involved in first research challenge using Project Data Sphere Initiative, a new data sharing platform launched by CEO Roundtable on Cancer

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has contributed to the development of the first national “research challenge” involving the newly launched Project Data Sphere, LLC (PDS), an independent not-for-profit initiative of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer’s Life Sciences Consortium (LSC).

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Opening of Marsico Hall marks major step for cancer research at UNC

Opening of Marsico Hall marks major step for cancer research at UNC

UNC Lineberger helped celebrate the opening of Marsico Hall today, the newest research building to house an impressive array of programs, including several affiliated with the cancer center.

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Evans and Perou featured in Science Magazine article on breast cancer genes

Science Magazine interviewed UNC Lineberger members Charles Perou, PhD, and James Evans, MD, PhD, for a special feature on “The ‘Other’ Breast Cancer Genes.”

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Grant will fund research into role of cancer-related genes

Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center will investigate the role of proteins linked both to human sexual reproduction and cancer tumor formation thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

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UNC Lineberger members to share expertise at 2014 AACR Annual Meeting

Members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will share their research and expertise at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) on April 5 to 9 in San Diego, Calif. The event will host more than 18,000 researchers, patient advocates and other professionals in the cancer field to share the year’s foremost basic science, translational and clinical advances.

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UNC researchers show cancer chemotherapy accelerates ‘molecular aging’

Physicians have long suspected that chemotherapy can accelerate the aging process in patients treated for cancer. Using a test developed at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to determine molecular aging, UNC oncologists have directly measured the impact of anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs on biological aging.

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UNC to celebrate dedication of Marsico Hall March 27

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will dedicate Marsico Hall (formerly called the IRB building or the BRIC building) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27. The event will also begin streaming live online once the ceremony has begun.

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UNC scientists reveal how cells destroy RNA, a key piece in understanding disease

RNA encodes the proteins that play a key role in cellular reproduction, but the manner in which cells regulate its removal once these proteins are synthesized remains a mystery. One piece of this mystery has been solved as researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who have identified the steps by which a cell removes RNA from the cytoplasm.

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MBCN to hold annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference with UNC Lineberger in September

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) is pleased to announce it will hold its 8th Annual National Conference September 19-21, 2014 in conjunction with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Olshan named Hulka Distinguished Professor

Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and UNC Lineberger associate director for population sciences, has been named the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, effective March 1.

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Genetic, non-invasive test could improve colon cancer screening

A non-invasive test that includes detection of the genetic abnormalities related to cancer could significantly improve the effectiveness of colon cancer screening, according to research published by a team of scientists including David Ransohoff, MD, professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member.

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Shelia Santacroce receives grant from Northwestern Mutual and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Shelia Santacroce receives grant from Northwestern Mutual and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

On March 5, Shelia Santacroce, PhD, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Member and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Scholar, received a $50,000 research grant from Northwestern Mutual and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to fund children’s cancer research.

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Dr. Chad Ellis named UNC Lineberger associate director

Chad Ellis, PhD, has been appointed as associate director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective April 1, 2014.

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Community physician and researcher partnerships deliver latest care to breast cancer patients

Cancer patients who receive care from local physicians partnering with the medical research community are as likely to receive innovative treatments compared to patients treated at medical school affiliated hospitals, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Local 5K kicks off Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, raises funds for screening programs

Across the country, thousands have taken part in the Colon Cancer Coalition’s initiative called “Get Your Rear In Gear,” a series of 5K races aimed at fighting colon cancer by raising funding to support education, prevention and screening programs. On March 1, supporters gathered in Raleigh, N.C. to kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness month with their local Get Your Rear in Gear event.

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UNC researchers create new tool to unravel mysteries of metastasis

The lab of Klaus Hahn, PhD, developed a new technique to help scientists map the interactions between the proteins at the heart of many diseases.

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Groesbeck Parham receives humanitarianism and volunteerism award

Parham is being recognized by the Society for Gynecologic Oncology for his work on cervical cancer and selfless dedication to improving the lives of women in Zambia.

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Beth Knight: Inside Our Cellular Invaders

Beth Knight found out what transpires inside cells involved in medulloblastoma - a type of brain cancer - and what role a particular protein plays in tumor development.

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Heels of Hope program trains lay navigators to support patients at N.C. Cancer Hospital

The program prepares volunteers to provide patients and their families with practical and emotional guidance as they receive treatment.

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Endeavors - Chasing Pac-Man

Two UNC researchers design a biological test to individualize chemotherapy.

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Weiss teams up with GRACE to offer free webinar for late stage oropharynx cancer patients

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member Jared Weiss, MD is teaming up with the cancer advocacy organization Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE) to offer a free webinar

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UNC Lineberger members make major contribution to President’s Cancer Panel report on HPV vaccination

Members of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center played a major role in developing the recommendations in a President’s Cancer Panel (PCP) report urging a widespread public campaign to increase the rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

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Baron aspirin research profiled in the Boston Globe

The work of UNC School of Medicine Professor and Lineberger member John Baron, MD, is featured in an article titled "Can aspiring fight cancer?" The article provides an overview of recent studies that suggest regular doses of aspirin can help prevent some types of cancer.

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UNC Lineberger faculty headline AACR RAS conference

The oncogene RAS is linked to 30 percent of human cancers, but the search for a targeted therapy for RAS has remained elusive. Three leading RAS researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are playing leading roles at a conference aimed at discussing recent advances that may lead to new advances in targeting the oncogene.

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Clinical advances should not yet discourage the use of local therapies

Clinical trials that show positive patient response to systemic therapies for cancer should not necessarily lead to reduction in the use of local therapies such as radiation and surgery.

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UNC’s Dr. Jared Weiss joins Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina’s Board

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCINC), the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, is proud to welcome Dr. Jared Weiss, medical oncologist with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Thoracic Oncology Program, to serve on the board of directors.

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Harris comments on major mammography study in The New York Times

UNC Lineberger member Russell Harris, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health, was quoted in two articles in the New York Times about a major study of the efficacy of breast cancer screening published by BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal).

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Genetic subtypes of bladder cancer reflect breast cancer biology

A comprehensive genetic analysis of invasive bladder cancer tumors has found that the disease shares genetic similarities with two forms of breast cancer, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Center. Bladder cancer, which is the fourth most common malignancy in men and ninth most common in women in the United States, claimed more than 15,000 patients last year.

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Makowski study explores impact of glucose uptake on inflammatory processes

“This is an important finding because of the field’s increased interest in ‘metabolic reprogramming’ of immune cells. Understanding how macrophage substrate metabolism impacts inflammation is crucial to our being able to develop novel therapies for obesity and diabetes, and even cancer," said study author Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the Gillings School and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC Lineberger receives jointly awarded $1 million research grant to investigate novel target in melanoma

The $1 million award from the Melanoma Research Alliance and the Saban Family Foundation will support research to improve the treatment of melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer.

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NIH grant to improve efficiency of chemotherapy drugs

A team led by Cyrus Vaziri, PhD, and William Janzen at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for research that could help make chemotherapy drugs more effective.

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Early tumor response from stereotactic radiosurgery predicts outcome

The response of a patient with metastatic brain tumors to treatment with stereotactic radiosurgery in the first six-to-twelve weeks can indicate whether follow-up treatments and monitoring are necessary, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.

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Application sought for 2014 Marci K. Campbell Dissertation Award

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announces The Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. This cash award goes directly to the recipient and can be used for any purpose.

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Nature Reviews features Smith bladder cancer research

The journal highlights research performed by UNC Lineberger member Angela Smith, MD, that links a loss of muscle mass, known as sarcopenia, in women to complications from a cystectomy. Women who experienced sarcopenia were found to have a 43 percent chance of major complications compared to 10 percent for women who did not experience muscle loss.

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Improved ultrasound imaging provides an alternative way of visualizing tumors

While ultrasound provides a less expensive and radiation-free alternative to detecting and monitoring cancer compared to technologies such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs, the lower clarity and resolution of ultrasound has limited its use in cancer treatment. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have overcome this limitation by combining ultrasound with a contrast agent comprised of micro-sized bubbles that pair with an antibody produced at elevated levels by many cancers.

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A powerful technique to further understanding of RNA

Qi Zhang sees himself as a warrior. In his lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he wages war on genetic diseases such as cancer and heart disease on a battlefield measured with single atoms.

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MSN Student Sean Gallagher Receives ONS Fellowship

The Oncology Nursing Society Foundation selected MSN student Sean Gallagher, RN, for a 2013 APN/DNP Student Fellowship. Mr. Gallagher's fellowship will cover the costs of his research project "Survivors of HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer--Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Impact of HPV on Sexual Intimacy."

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Best Doctors in America® 2014 list includes 53 UNC Lineberger physicians

The annual compilation of The Best Doctors in America® includes 53 physicians affiliated with the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Endeavors - Radiation Revolution

Sha Chang, Otto Zhou, and collaborators have built the first small device that can produce these kind of microbeams, opening up a new area of research for cancer scientists.

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Carey on breast cancer at MedPage Today

Dr. Lisa Carey, MD, medical director of the UNC Breast Center and associate director for clinical science at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of the experts interviewed by MedPage Today on recent advances in cancer research.

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Top of the Line - Five questions with Dr. Sharpless

The next chapter in the story of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center begins with a new director, Ned Sharpless, an oncologist with a story to tell.

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Cancer patient out-of-pocket costs play major role in treatment adherence

The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient’s share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.

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The Charlotte Observer - Mersereau comments on fertility preservation for young adults battling cancer

Dr. Jennifer Mersereau, a fertility preservation specialist at UNC Cancer Care, comments on the promise and challenge of fertility preservation for individuals battling cancer.

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UNC Lineberger announces 2013 Excellence Awards

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Cancer Care honored four employees with 2013 Excellence Awards.

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Associated Press - Coach Hatchell vows to coach again

UNC Women's Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell talked to the Associated Press about her fight to get back to her basketball program as quickly as possible.

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UNC Department of Urology participates in Movember Campaign

Movember is a national campaign where teams are inspired to raise money, and grow mustaches, to support men’s health.

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John Isner hosts 4th Annual Ebix Charity Challenge

On December 7, 2013, America’s No. 1 tennis player, John Isner, held his annual charity event, the Ebix Charity Challenge, contributing $75,000 to UNC Lineberger

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Screening decisions must balance potential benefits with potential patient harms

Screening to detect medical conditions has become standard practice for many diseases, but insufficient attention has been paid to the potential for harm, according to research by a team led by Russell Harris, MD, MPH, of the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member.

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End-of-year deadlines for gifts to receive tax benefits for 2014

We are deeply grateful to the thousands of donors who help make UNC Lineberger’s cancer fight possible by supporting innovative and lifesaving cancer research and care. Here are important year-end gift deadlines and reminders to receive tax benefits for calendar 2014.

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Evans on 23andMe genetic testing controversy in The Cancer Letter

James Evans, MD, PhD, published his thoughts on the 23andMe genetic testing controversy in the Dec. 13 issue of The Cancer Letter.

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Muss honored with ACTO Richard L. Schilsky Award

The award recognizes Hyman B. Muss, MD, for his years of service to the Richard L. Schilsky Cancer and Leukemia Group B cooperative group.

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Combined therapy reduces recurrence in women with small, HER2+ breast cancers

A new study shows combined therapy is linked to a lower chance of recurrence in women with small, HER2+ breast cancers.

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DeSimone named to National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors Fellows were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation.

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UNC Lineberger leadership offers insight at 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

UNC Lineberger leadership offers insight at 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

UNC Lineberger members Charles Perou, PhD, Lisa Carey, MD, Carey Anders, MD, and Hyman B. Muss, MD will present at symposium.

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Songwriters connect over cancer treatment and recovery

N.C. Cancer Hospital patient, Jim MacDonald, worked with songwriter, Emily Lynch, to write a song about his cancer experience, "Every Day is Christmas.”

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Five Questions for Yisong Wan: Understanding our immunity

Five questions for Yisong Wan, PhD, a new Jefferson-Pilot fellow who is uncovering the roles of T cells in disease cures and causes.

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Approaches to pain assessment in cancer clinical trials

Director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and colleagues at the FDA guide drug developers on how to include meaningful pain endpoints when designing cancer trials.

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Daily Tar Heel - Program provides cancer patients student support

The Carolina Pediatric Attention, Love, and Support program pairs UNC students with young people undergoing treatment for cancer and blood disorders, Josephine Yurcaba of the Daily Tar Heel reports.

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News & Observer - UNC Lineberger support group member featured in book review

Bruce Ham, one of the original members of the Single Fathers Due to Cancer support group, has written a memoir, “Laughter, Tears and Braids,” about his journey raising three daughters after the death of his wife from cancer.

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Carolina Breast Cancer Study enrolls record 3,000 participants

The largest-ever population-based study of breast cancer in North Carolina is poised to begin the five year follow-up phase.

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UNC Lineberger part of national #GivingTuesday movement

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is intended to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving.

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Supporting others brings healing to cancer survivors

A new study led by Christine Rini, PhD, finds that survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplant, an aggressive treatment for blood cancers, benefited from a two-part peer support process the authors call expressive helping.

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NPR - FDA tells Google-backed 23andMe to stop selling DNA test

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, was quoted on National Public Radio's All Things Considered regarding the Food and Drug Administration's warning letter sent to the company 23andMe demanding that its saliva test be taken off the market.

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Be The Match bone marrow registry event Dec 2 and 3 on UNC campus

Give back this holiday season by registering with Be The Match on UNC’s campus on December 2 and 3, 2013.

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Herald-Sun - Grateful for each day

Stella Waugh, a cancer survivor, is thankful to have family together for Thanksgiving, April Dudash of the Durham Herald-Sun reports.

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University Gazette - Humphries helps countless children escape through books

For the fifth straight year, UNC Libraries and campus collect books for the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinic.

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HPV associated with increased risk of HIV infection in men

A study of 2,519 Kenyan men conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina revealed that infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) was associated with a higher subsequent risk of infection with HIV, a precursor to AIDS.

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Family House Diaries: Salie Babilonia - How “The Look” Speaks Volumes

A Dare County, N.C., wife and mother of three keeps her spunky, positive spirit intact during treatment for thyroid cancer, buoying herself, her family and her medical team on the journey.

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Probe measuring immune function can be used to determine nanoparticle dosage for patients

William Zamboni, PharmD, PhD, has developed a probe to measure the body’s immune function to help physicians deliver accurate, individualized doses for cancer patients prescribed nanoparticle-based drugs

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UNC Lineberger holds first community-oriented geriatric oncology symposium

The inaugural geriatric oncology symposium, geared toward a lay audience, provided a lively afternoon of presentations, questions and answers, and concluded with a reception on Friday, November 15, 2013.

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Channing Der presents lecture at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Der highlighted recent research findings that have stimulated new experimental directions for improve therapies for pancreatic cancer.

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Obesity found to be major risk factor in developing basal-like breast cancer

Women who are obese face an increased risk of developing an aggressive sub-type of breast cancer known as ‘basal-like’, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Media coverage of celebrity cancer cases impacts public awareness and cancer screening

When celebrities battle cancer, their stories make headlines around the world. Whether announcing their prognosis, seeking treatment or losing their battle, celebrities faced with cancer have a profound impact on the public – one that leads to increased interest in cancer information and screening, according to research by the University of North Carolina.

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Conquering Chromatin

Five questions for Greg Wang, a new Jefferson-Pilot fellow searching for better ways to shut down cancer cells.

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real doctors, real people - Adam Goldstein

In October 2013, Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, embarked on an incredible journey taking him to the heartland of civilization's beginning.

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Nielsen presents at Best Doctors' Global Grand Rounds

Matthew Nielsen, MD, MS, FACS, presents on "Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer" for the Global Grand Rounds hosted by Best Doctors.

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Lisa Edwards named Hometown Hero from WCHL

WCHL named Lisa Edwards a Hometown Hero for November 6, 2013. 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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Emanuele receives V Scholar Award from the V Foundation

The grant will be used to further research to globally understand regulated protein degradation and how this contributes to normal cellular functions that are dysfunctional in cancer.

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UNC Lineberger researchers win drug-discovery awards from pharmaceutical giant GSK

GlaxoSmithKline drug-discovery competition winners aim to find a new cancer therapy and a novel way to regulate male fertility, projects spearheaded by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine.

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Walking program reduces joint stiffness in older breast cancer survivors on aromatase inhibitor therapy

After six weeks of walking, the mean joint pain scores among the participants decreased by 10 percent, fatigue decreased by 19 percent, and joint stiffness decreased by 32 percent.

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BCRF provides $960,000 to support UNC Lineberger research

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation continues its longstanding support of research at UNC Lineberger with $960,000 in awards to four researchers working to discover the causes and find better treatments for breast cancer.

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Marks on the misperceptions of electronic health records

In the editorial, "Misperceptions on electronic health records" published in the News & Observer, Lawrence Marks, MD, Chair of Department of Radiation Oncology and UNC Lineberger member explains on the benefits and drawbacks of electronic health records.

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The Gene Team

UNC clinical geneticists Jonathan Berg and James Evans spearhead an ambitious project to catalog all genetic variations implicated in disease.

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Evans discusses consumer-marketed genetic testing at Salon

In the article, "Do you want to know what will kill you?" at Salon.com, Jim Evans MD, PhD, Director of Clinical Cancer Genetics and UNC Lineberger member discusses the pros and cons of consumer-marketed genetic testing.

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Endeavors - What's best for the breast?

Charles Perou’s test can help patients decide on a course of treatment.

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“Corona Cares” contributes $150,000 to patients, families dealing with cancer

Funds from the campaign will support programs that benefit patients and families receiving cancer treatment at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Promising new therapy in a smaller package

A new microbeam emitter developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by a team led by UNC Lineberger member Otto Zhou has the potential to bring a promising new form of radiation therapy into clinical use.

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Fast Break Against Cancer raises nearly $180,000 for cancer research and treatment

Coach Roy Williams’ 9th annual Fast Break Against Cancer kicks off basketball season with live auction breakfast event.

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From hospice volunteer to cancer doctor

Five questions for Ronald Chen, a James Woods Young Faculty Award recipient dedicated to bettering treatment for cancer patients.

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Giving cancer the boot at UNC football game

Football fans gave cancer “the boot” when the Tar Heels faced off with Boston College in Kenan Stadium

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer Google+ hangout set for Nov. 1

Join UNC Health Care at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, Nov. 1, for a discussion of how fathers cope with the loss of their wife or partner, meet the demands of sole parenthood, and manage their children's grief.

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Half of prostate cancer patients in North Carolina do not receive multidisciplinary care

Only half of the men who receive a prostate cancer diagnosis consult with more than one type of physician before deciding on a course of treatment.

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Hatchell temporarily stepping away for health reasons

Sylvia Hatchell is temporarily stepping away from coaching due to a recent diagnosis of leukemia.

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UNC Men’s Basketball, Be The Match to kick off the season with cancer support

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus is buzzing with anticipation as the beginning of basketball season approaches this Friday, October 25. And the Tar Heels are kicking it off with support for UNC Lineberger.

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Cancer survivor launches CureCancerStarter.org

Cure Cancer Starter is a nonprofit site taking the Kickstarter approach to raising funds for much-needed research and clinical trials in the fight against cancer.

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University Gazette - Carolina’s capacity to prevent and treat cancer must continue to grow

Shelley Earp is not going anywhere, but at year’s end he will leave a position he has held for the past 16 years as director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Former Steelers Coach Bill Cowher to headline 2013 Fast Break Against Cancer

Cowher joins Coach Williams, his assistant coaches, and Woody Durham at this seated breakfast and one-of-a-kind live auction event later this month.

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Volunteer support teams effective for African American patients with advanced cancer

Peer support interventions have traditionally and successfully been used to address health promotion and prevention, such as increasing cancer screening. UNC researchers have published the first study to examine whether enhancing the skills of community-based peer support can help people living with persistent and serious illness.

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Third Annual Pink Shamrock 5K honors the late Keith Amos

Over 100 physicians, nurses, staff, and patients from UNC and Rex formed the Famous Amos team for the Third Annual Pink Shamrock 5K in Raleigh, NC.

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Sell-out crowd kicks off Blue Ribbon Gala

UNC Lineberger kicked off its Blue Ribbon Gala on September 27, 2013, gathering more than 450 people to celebrate advancements in cancer care at UNC. The black-tie event raised more than $225,000 for UNC Lineberger.

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First Annual UNC Hematology/Oncology Retreat highlights division’s accomplishments

The UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology held its first annual retreat on September 6, 2013 at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill to discuss the academic mission and future goals of the division.

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UNC Lineberger announces 2013 Joseph S. Pagano Awards

Post-doctoral fellows Scott Rothbart, PhD; Gidi Shemer, PhD; and Angela Wahl, PhD, are the recipients of the Joseph S. Pagano Award for a paper by a postdoctoral fellow published in 2012.

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Physicians experience increased effort and uncertainty in cross-coverage of radiation oncology patients

Radiation oncology physicians who encounter an unfamiliar case when cross covering for another physician experience higher levels of perceived workload and may perhaps also effects on performance, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.

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Prostate cancer treatment delays onset of pain and quality of life deterioration in men with metastatic prostate cancer

Abiraterone acetate, a recently FDA-approved drug used to treat men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, significantly delays progression of pain and quality of life deterioration when taken in conjunction with prednisone.

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National Pink Heals Tour visits UNC

The national Pink Heals Tour visited UNC on Friday, September 20 with a fleet of pink fire trucks, a bus and emergency vehicles. Chapel Hill Fire Department, the host for the visit, brought their Carolina Blue fire truck.

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UNC Health Care to host live Facebook chat on newborn genome mapping

Dr. Cynthia Powell of N.C. Children's Hospital and Dr. Jonathan Berg of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will answer your questions in a live Facebook chat at noon (12 p.m.) Eastern time on Thursday, Sept. 26.

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Family House Diaries: Bill Clanton - When He Speaks, Pay Attention

An 82-year-old resident of Aurora, N.C., is referred to UNC Hospitals for treatment of a nasal cavity cancer in the post of tissue between his nostrils. A multidisciplinary treatment decision, the support of his family and a stay at SECU Family House see him through.

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UNC and Wake Forest awarded FDA, NIH grant to create Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communications

Although cigarette use has declined among Americans, regulators face the challenge of communicating the dangers of new tobacco products along with reaching smokers in diverse communities who may not respond to traditional forms of anti-tobacco communication. To address these issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that they are awarding a $19.4 million, five-year grant to fund a center at the University of North Carolina that will study issues related to tobacco prevention communication and regulation.

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Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory proclaimed September 13 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in North Carolina

The Honorable Pat McCrory Governor of the State of North Carolina, and First Lady Ann McCrory visited the North Carolina Children’s Hospital on September 13 to proclaim that day as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in North Carolina.

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real doctors, real people - Oliver Smithies

Dr. Oliver Smithies won the Nobel Prize for his research in gene modification. What you may not know is that since he was a child, he's been enthralled with flying.

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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center appoints two clinical research leadership positions

E. Claire Dees, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Peter Voorhees, MD, associate professor of medicine, have been appointed to leadership positions in UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Dees will serve as medical director of the Clinical Protocol Office and Dr. Voorhees will serve as chair of the Protocol Review Committee.

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Understanding multiple causes of racial disparities in breast cancer is essential

Racial disparities in the treatment and outcome of breast cancer patients arise from a combination of biological, social and financial causes. Understanding how these complex factors influence interactions between patients and the medical community is key to reducing the gaps in treatment and mortality between racial groups, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.

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UNC partners with NIH to explore genomic testing for newborns

As the clinical use of genomic testing expands, the practical and ethical considerations of using the technology to screen newborns for genetic conditions will be the focus of a new study undertaken at the University of North Carolina.

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Real Nurses - John Collier

As a clinical nurse IV in the outpatient clinics of N.C. Cancer Hospital, Collier plays many roles from nurse manager to caring for patients. He's used to playing different roles though as he's been into drama and theater about as long as he's been in nursing

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Basch interview on patient-centered outcomes at CancerNetwork

Ethan Basch, MD, Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program at UNC Lineberger, discussed incorporating measurements of patient well-being into developing new treatments with CancerNetwork writer Anna Azvolinsky in an Aug. 28, 2013 podcast.

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Survey of adolescent males and their parents shows low HPV vaccination rates

Encouraging physicians to recommend human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to adolescent boys and their parents - and educating the boys and their families about the importance of receiving the vaccine - are essential to reducing the cancers this virus can cause.

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Ollila appointed James H. and Jesse E. Millis Distinguished Professor

David Ollila, MD, professor of surgery, has been appointed to the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Distinguished Professorship. The $1.5 million professorship was established by their son, William (Bill) Millis in honor of his parents, Jim and Jesse Millis of High Point, N.C.

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UNC Lineberger members awarded grants from N.C. Biotechnology Center

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded more than $460,000 in grants to support research and infrastructure needs of members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researching cancer and cell biology.

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Fredrickson - Genomic effects of happiness research in New York Times Magazine

An article in the New York Times Magazine profiled work by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Steven Cole, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, into the genomic effects of happiness.

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Charles Perou honored at the 2013 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award reception

On August 20, 2013, UNC Lineberger held a reception to honor Charles M. “Chuck” Perou, PhD, for his 2013 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award.

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Katy Jones joins UNC Lineberger as director of communications and marketing

Katy Jones joins UNC Lineberger as director of communications and marketing

Katy Jones has been hired as director of communications and marketing for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective August 19, 2013.

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Dr. Norman Sharpless Appointed Director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

William Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, and CEO of University of North Carolina Health Care System, announces the appointment of Norman "Ned" Sharpless, MD, as director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective January 1, 2014.

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NCI Provocative Questions grants awarded to three at UNC Lineberger

UNC Lineberger scientists Blossom Damania, PhD, Dirk Dittmer, PhD, and Liza Makowski, PhD, have been awarded two-year National Cancer Institute Provocative Questions grants.

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WRAL - Hatchell's blueberry patch helps fight cancer

"Scientists say blueberries powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins make them one of nature's top cancer fighters, two things that hit home for North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell."

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New study shows on balance that prostate cancer prevention drug appears to provide benefit

A team of researchers has published their analysis of survival rates among study participants in the 2003 Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial showing that the prostate drug finasteride does not decrease survival after a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Their 2003 publication found that while the drug finasteride significantly reduced the risk of prostate cancer, it was associated with an increased risk of high-grade disease and possibly decreased survival.

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Dohlman lab identifies cellular distress signal

Like a toddler in need of a nap or a snack, the cells of our bodies can turn a bit sour under conditions of stress or nutrient deprivation. The pH levels inside these cells – starved, perhaps by a heart attack or other injury – have been known to drop dramatically in a cry for help.

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NIH and UNC Researchers Define Role of Protein Vinculin in Cell Movement

Researchers at the University of North Carolina and the National Institutes for Health have defined the role of the protein vinculin in enabling cell movement. In a paper published in the Journal of Cell Biology, Sharon Campbell, PhD, professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Clare Waterman of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health showed that cell mobility occurs through the interactions between the protein vinculin and the cytoskeletal lattice formed by the protein actin. By physically binding to the actin that makes up the cytoskeleton, vinculin operates as a form of molecular clutch transferring force and controlling cell motion.

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DeSimone microneedle patch featured in ScienceNews

A rapidly-dissolvable microneedle patch developed by a UNC team led by Joseph DeSimone, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and director of the UNC Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience, and Technology and member of UNC Lineberger, allows for painless injections of medicine and vaccines.

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Goldstein profiled in The Journal of Cell Biology

Bob Goldstein, PhD, professor of biology, talks about his career and the promise of cell biology in a profile in the August issue of The Journal of Cell Biology.

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Human cells respond in healthy, unhealthy ways to different kinds of happiness

Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research led by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC-Malawi cancer pathology laboratory is a model for Sub-Saharan Africa

Since 2011, the University of North Carolina has partnered with the government of Malawi to establish a pathology laboratory in the nation’s capital, building on an existing decades-long collaboration. The laboratory has provided an invaluable service to patients and has also built capacity at a national teaching hospital, according to an analysis of the first 20 months of operation published August 7 online by PLOS ONE.

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Smithies - Separate research paths lead to a lifelong partnership

UNC Gazette - Oliver Smithies and Nobuyo Maeda were born in island countries half a world apart – he in England, she in Japan – but each in their own way found a path to a life in science.

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Komen awards more than $800,000 to UNC Lineberger researchers

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded more than $800,000 to researchers with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fund research into fighting cancer.

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Inhibiting Macrophage MerTK Signaling Creates an Innate Immune Response Against Cancer

The tyrosine kinase MerTK plays a prominent role in the body’s immune response. MerTK signaling helps “calm” the body’s first line of immunity, the macrophage, while it performs the routine duties - clearing cells that die and healing damaged tissue.

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Brian Burnham of Lucky 13 wins WCHL's Hometown Hero Award

Brian Burnham is an assistant scout master and one of the leaders of Troop 845's Lucky 13 Bike Trip, a fundraiser for UNC Lineberger.

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Sharpless aging research discussed in the New York Times

Research that developed a method of visualizing aging and tumor growth in mice by Norman Sharpless, MD, Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research and Deputy Cancer Center Director, was featured in an article on biological markers of aging in the New York Times.

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2013 UCRF Innovation Awards announced

UCRF Competitive Grants Program 2013 Innovation Awards were chosen from 51 applications. The awards provided $1,180,000 to support research among the six winners.

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Blues singer back on stage after chemo took his voice

WRAL features Bill McCulloch, known as Windy City Slim, a blues singer who learned to reclaim his voice after treatment from head and neck cancer caused his vocal muscles to atrophy.

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Su awarded NIH grant to develop immune therapies for hepatitis B

The National Institute of Health has awarded University of North Carolina researcher Lishan Su, PhD, with a $2 million four-year R01 grant to investigate using a novel immune therapy to treat chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

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Baldwin discusses the role of NF-κB in cancer at OncLive

Albert Baldwin, PhD, Professor of Biology and Associate Director of Basic Research at UNC Lineberger discusses the regulation and biological functions of NF-κB in cancer at OncLive.

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Lamberth and Shirley Mitchell: Losing Teeth, but Keeping Spirit and Faith

A 65-year-old Person County man is successfully treated for a rare head and neck cancer, but the treatment side effects damaged his teeth and gums. He may have lost his pearly whites, but not his spirit or his faith.

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UNC Lineberger announces Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award recipients

Shellie Ellis, MA, and Shelley Golden, PhD, of the Gillings School of Global Public Health are the 2013 recipients of the Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences.

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RNA Diagnostic Test from Paraffin Improves Lung Cancer Diagnosis Over Routine Microscopic Evaluation Alone

Knowing what type of lung cancer a patient has is critical to determine which drug will work best and which therapies are safest in the era of personalized medicine. Key to making that judgment is an adequate tumor specimen for the pathologist to determine the tumor’s histology, a molecular description of a tumor based on the appearance of cells under a microscope. But not all specimens are perfect, and are sometimes so complex that a definitive diagnosis presents a challenge.

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Wheeler wins ACS grant to study racial disparities in breast cancer outcomes

Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management at Gillings School of Global Public Health, will receive $727,000 over five years through an American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant.

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Basch - National standards to evaluate health care quality based on how patients feel

National quality assessment programs usually measure and reward practices based on improving clinical processes such as re-hospitalization or infection rates. While this type of information is important and useful to clinicians, it doesn’t always take into account what is most important to the patient and families of the patient receiving care, such as the management of long-term symptoms or ability to conduct daily activities.

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Outdated practice of annual cervical cancer screenings may cause more harm than good

For decades, women between the ages of 21 and 69 were advised to get annual screening exams for cervical cancer. In 2009, however, accumulating scientific evidence led major guideline groups to agree on a new recommendation that women be screened less frequently: every three years rather than annually.

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Remembering Dr. Keith Amos

UNC has lost a dear colleague. Dr. Keith Amos died suddenly in Edinburgh, Scotland, while on a Dr. Claude Organ, Jr., Travel Award from the American College of Surgeons. We all hold in our thoughts his wife, Ahaji, and their three young daughters.

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Baldwin Receives Continued Support from Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

Baldwin Receives Continued Support from Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

Albert Baldwin, PhD, William Rand Kenan Professor of Biology and associate director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a one-year continuation grant from the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

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Cancer drug labels missing key information about patients’ symptoms

Cancer drug labels missing key information about patients’ symptoms

For patients facing treatment for cancer, it is essential to understand how their symptoms will be affected. Symptoms like pain, fatigue, or nausea can result from the cancer, or from treatment side effects. The best way to collect this information is from patients themselves in research studies. But almost no drug labels in the U.S. include this information. As a result, incomplete information is available to patients and clinicians to help with treatment decisions.

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Nurse Coordinators visit Good Morning America

Nurse Coordinators for the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program show their support for Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts.

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DeSimone - Research collaboration further customizes novel nanoparticles

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MIT have combined two novel technologies to create specialized versions of tiny, coated nanoparticles. Through the use of a special coating technique, the researchers were further able to customize highly reproducible nanoparticles made using the PRINT platform created at UNC, which enables scientists to manufacture particles in a near-infinite array of shapes, sizes and material compositions. The combination of these unique technologies may result in developing more effective medicines, efficient electronics and technological advances in many other fields.

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Murine study predicts cancer drug responsiveness in human tumors

It’s a GEMM of a system. Genetically engineered mouse models that is. Using them allows scientists to study cancer in a way that more naturally mimics how human tumors exist within the complex environment of the body.

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Yeh and Johnson awarded Lustgarten Foundation grant for pancreatic cancer

Jen Jen Yeh, MD, and Gary Johnson, PhD, were awarded a $326,708.00 grant from the Lustgarten Foundation for a one-year pilot study to investigate the kinome landscape of pancreatic cancer.

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Human and canine lymphomas share molecular similarities, first large-scale comparison shows

Humans and their pet dogs are close, so close that they both develop a type of cancer called diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. In humans it’s the most common lymphoma subtype while in dogs, it’s one of the most common cancers in veterinary oncology.

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Coach Hatchell’s blueberry patch to support UNC Lineberger is ready for picking

UNC women’s basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s blueberry patch near Black Mountain, NC is ready for the summer picking season.

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Kathy DeClue: A Second Chance to Say ‘I Do’

Kathy DeClue of Randolph County was featured in Family House Diaries in August 2012. She celebrated the success of a second stem cell transplant for leukemia by renewing her wedding vows with her husband of 41 years before 80 friends and family.

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer in the media

The first of its kind program, Single Fathers Due to Cancer, continues to gain attention through media reports.

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Lucky 13 featured in video by UNC Endeavors

This summer, ten boy scouts from Chapel Hill are biking across the country to raise money for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. For every $15,000 raised, UNC Lineberger has agreed to send one of their pediatric oncology patients to spend a week at Victory Junction, a camp for chronically ill children.

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Kim named to Society of Surgical Oncology Executive Council

HJ Kim, MD, associate professor in UNC’s division of surgical oncology and endocrinology, has been named as a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology's (SSO) Executive Council.

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UNC genetics researcher helps open Smithsonian exhibit

Clinical geneticist Jim Evans, MD, PhD helped to open the exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. The high-tech, high-intensity display celebrates the 10th anniversary of production of the first complete human genome sequence also known as the genetic blueprint of the human body.

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Evans on Supreme Court DNA patent ruling

James Evans, MD, PhD, an international expert in gene patenting and genetics policy, comments on the June 13, 2013 Supreme Court ruling regarding gene patenting.

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UNC researchers identify another piece of the “histone code” puzzle

New research from the UNC School of Medicine has shown how a protein called UHRF1 “reads” the histone code in a specific way to perform an important cellular function.

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Millikan honored with posthumous Alumni Achievement Award from UC-Davis

The late Robert Craft Millikan will be honored with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine during the School's commencement ceremony on June 14.

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Coach Hatchell’s blueberry patch supports UNC Lineberger

UNC women’s basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s blueberry patch near Black Mountain, NC is almost ready for the summer picking season.

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Four UNC nursing graduate students awarded American Cancer Society scholarships

Four UNC School of Nursing students have been awarded American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarships in Cancer Nursing Practice. The recipients are Sean Gallagher, RN; April Lenker, RN; Melissa Matson, RN; and Lori Walker, RN.

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Lucky 13 to bike across country to raise money for UNC Lineberger

Ten area teens will pedal with purpose this summer, riding some 3,700 miles over a 10-week period, from Maryland to Oregon. The group, dubbed “Lucky 13,” a play on the year “2013,” aims to raise $30,000 for UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a portion on the money going directly to serve pediatric cancer patients.

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UNC Lineberger members present at 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting

More than 15 members and associates of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center presented their work to the attendees at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.

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Pignone - Eligibility for aspirin for primary prevention in men increases when cancer mortality benefit added

While aspirin has been shown to be effective in preventing heart attacks in men, it also increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and possibly stroke, even at low doses. As such, national guidelines suggest that aspirin be used for prevention only in men at higher risk for cardiovascular events, so that the benefits of aspirin are greater than its adverse effects.

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UNC Lineberger's 2013 Scientific Retreat features "TED talks"

UNC Lineberger's 2013 Scientific Retreat features "TED talks"

More than 200 faculty, students and fellows gathered at the Carolina Club to hear ten-minute "TED talks" by 11 faculty recently recruited to UNC.

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UNC to test interventions aimed at reducing colon cancer screening disparities

The study will focus on assessing the impact of a clinic-based intervention that includes having patients view a multimedia decision aid (in English or Spanish) before seeing their physician, as well as support from a bilingual patient “navigator” on completion of recommended colon cancer screening tests.

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Anders video interview on fertility preservation for female cancer patients

Dr. Carey Anders, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was interviewed in a new video on fertility preservation for female cancer patients produced by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The video, titled “Discussing Fertility Preservation with Women,” was released in conjunction with ASCO updated guidelines and was shown at the 2013 ASCO annual meeting.

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The value of randomized clinical trials in radiation oncology clinical practice

Cancer patients, physicians and insurers want to be sure that whatever therapy is recommended and provided to patients is based on evidence, preferably results from randomized clinical trials. But are there enough clinical trials data to provide this level of confidence?

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UNC scientists identify possible KRAS downstream target for pancreatic cancer therapy

While the mutated KRAS oncogene is associated with many cancers, it has not yet been successfully targeted by a therapeutic agent. Scientists are trying to find another way to target the gene by blocking signals from another protein downstream.

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Smith - Worldwide cervical cancer prevention initiative announced at Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia

Cervical cancer kills an estimated 275,000 women each year, and most of these deaths could be prevented with prophylactic HPV vaccination, routine cervical cancer screening and continuity to treatment. At the Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, delegates and experts from around the world announced a global call to action to combat this preventable disease through collaboration with and information sharing by the world’s governments and health agencies on May 27, 2013.

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Wan - GATA-3 Is Important for the Regulation and Maintenance of the Immune System

The protein GATA-3 plays an important role in mammalian immune response, but its overall function in cell development and cancer formation is not well understood. In an effort to further define the importance of GATA-3, researchers at the University of North Carolina have traced how the protein performs important functions in CD8+T-cell type of the immune system.

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IMRT may not be more effective than older radiation techniques after prostatectomy

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy has become the most commonly used type of radiation in prostate cancer, but research from the University of North Carolina suggests that the therapy may not be more effective than older, less expensive forms of radiation therapy in patients who have had a prostatectomy.

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Charles Perou Receives 2013 Battle Cancer Research Award

Charles Perou, PhD, the May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professor of Molecular Oncology, has been honored with the 2013 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award in recognition of his accomplishments in cancer research. Dr. Perou is a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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The secret lives (and deaths) of neurons

University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers uncover surprising insights about how nerve cells rewire themselves, shedding light on a process linked with neurodegenerative diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders like schizophrenia and autism.

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Endeavors - The Protein Sleuth

Endeavors profiles the work of Nancy Klauber-DeMore, MD, professor of surgery and a member of UNC Lineberger, in unraveling the mystery of whether the gene SFRP2 suppresses tumor growth.

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Rimer awarded American Cancer Society Medal of Honor

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the American Cancer Society (ACS) Medal of Honor for her "seminal cancer research efforts."

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Dees and Hayes named co-leaders of UNC Lineberger Clinical Research Program

Claire Dees, MD, and Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, have been appointed as co-leaders of the Clinical Research Program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Dees and Hayes have extensive and complementary expertise in translational and clinical research. As co-leaders of the Clinical Research Program, they will help plan the efforts of UNC Lineberger’s physician researchers to move discoveries into innovative trials of new therapeutic approaches.

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Cancer genetics and BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations

Q&A with UNC Lineberger members James P. Evans, MD, PhD; David Ollila, MD; Paola Gehrig, MD; and Keith D. Amos, MD, FACS.

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Smith interviewed by Agence France Presse on cervical cancer stigma in India

Jennifer Smith, PhD, MPH, research associate professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, says that lack of awareness and stigma about the illness hinders prevention of the disease.

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Basch: Patient participation must play a larger role in research

Patients must take a larger role in participating in and assisting in determining priorities for medical research, according to an editorial published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Muss on using tools to evaluate older patients

Hy Muss, MD, Director, Geriatric Oncology Program discusses evaluation tools for treating older patients on OncLive.

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Conlon lab uncovers molecular role of gene linked to blood vessel formation

University of North Carolina researchers have discovered that disrupting a gene that acts as a regulatory switch to turn on other genes can keep blood vessels from forming and developing properly.

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Self-collection of samples for HPV testing shows promise in detection of cervical cancer in Kenya

In Kenya, women face a cervical cancer mortality rate that is approximately 10 times as high as in the United States. A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that training women to self-collect genital samples to test for human papillomavirus (HPV), the causative agent of cervical cancer, can increase the coverage rates of cervical cancer screening. Higher screening coverage helps increase rates of detection of cervical lesions and ultimately treatment of the disease.

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Pruthi featured in OncLive on the dramatic shortage of urologists on the horizon

Raj Pruthi, MD, Chief of Urologic Surgery for the Urologic Oncology Program spoke at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) in San Diego, California.

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UNC Lineberger 37th Annual Scientific Symposium

UNC Lineberger 37th Annual Scientific Symposium

Close to 450 people attended the 37th annual UNC Lineberger scientific symposium April 29 and 30, 2013. Symposium co-chairs were Jonathan Serody, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Thomas Chair of Medicine, and Jenny Ting, PhD, UNC Alumni Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. Both spoke at the symposium.

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Anders lab shows advantage to nanotech delivery of therapy for breast cancer brain metastases

Anders lab shows advantage to nanotech delivery of therapy for breast cancer brain metastases

Breast cancer brain metastases present a challenge to clinicians because there are few systemic therapies capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier to control the disease. An international team, led by scientists at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, reports pre-clinical research showing improved efficacy of a PEGylated liposomal (encapsulated) anti-cancer agent compared with a non-liposomal formulation of the same drug in an intracranial model of breast cancer. Their results were published in the May 1, 2013 issue of PLOS ONE.

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Mayer named extraordinary nurse leader by Yale University

Associate professor Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN and member of UNC Lineberger has been selected as an Extraordinary Nurse Leader by Yale University, the first independent university-based nursing school established in the United States. As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, Yale School of Nursing has selected 90 alumni who “embody the School’s mission of advancing better health care” to be honored at a ceremony in October 2013.

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Ribisl quoted on NPR New York tobacco regulations

Ribisl quoted on NPR New York tobacco regulations

Kurt Ribisl, PhD, head of Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was interviewed by National Public Radio on New York City's proposal to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21.

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Novel monoclonal antibody inhibits tumor growth in breast cancer and angiosarcoma

A monoclonal antibody targeting a protein known as SFPR2 has been shown by researchers at the University of North Carolina to inhibit tumor growth in pre-clinical models of breast cancer and angiosarcoma.

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Sethi, MacNevin, Feng come out on top at 3rd Annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium Postdoctoral Researcher Poster Forum

On Friday, April 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the MBRB at the School of Medicine, 44 university postdoctoral fellows gathered for a poster forum to present their research findings.

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Varmus delivers third annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium

Dr. Harold E. Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and co-winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes, was invited to campus by UNC’s Nobel Laureate Dr. Oliver Smithies.

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Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program team participates in Spartan Race

A team from the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program headed up by Tippu Khan, PharmD, BCOP and Nicole Frazier, RN, BSN participated in an epic journey which included leaping over fire, trekking through waste-high mud, tossing spears, dodging attacks and most of all braving near freezing temperatures in the driving rain. What is all this about? It's the Spartan Race, an event of pure primitive craziness that promises it's participants an experience they'll never forget.

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Bloom elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Kerry Steven Bloom, Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

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New York Times features Single Fathers Due to Cancer

Health reporter for the New York Times, Jane Brody, features the Single Fathers Due to Cancer program.

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Family House Diaries: Claudia Laskow - A Sense of Humor Carries the Day

A Dare County real estate agent refuses to let a breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment detract from her trademark sense of humor and constant outreach to others.

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Evans quoted in New York Times on Supreme Court  gene patent case

Evans quoted in New York Times on Supreme Court gene patent case

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted about a case before the U.S. Supreme Court involving Myriad Genetics attempts to patent two human genes related to breast and ovarian cancer.

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Dokholyan lab engineers 'protein switch' to dissect role of cancer's key players

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have "rationally rewired" some of the cell's smallest components to create proteins that can be switched on or off by command. These "protein switches" can be used to interrogate the inner workings of each cell, helping scientists uncover the molecular mechanisms of human health and disease.

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UNC Lineberger at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger was well represented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting held in Washington, DC.

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Hepatitis A virus discovered to cloak itself in membranes hijacked from infected cells

A team led by Dr. Stanley Lemon discovered that hepatitis A virus does not have an envelope when found in the environment, but acquires one from the cells that it grows in within the liver. It circulates in the blood completely cloaked in these membranes.

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Carey discusses metastatic breast cancer at OncLive

Lisa A. Carey, MD, Medical Director of the UNC Breast Center, the Chief of Hematology/Oncology, the Physician-in-Chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, and UNC Lineberger member, discusses the use of everolimus in the metastatic and adjuvant settings of breast cancer.

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Hayes - Genomic alterations in head and neck cancers are possible therapy targets

Hayes - Genomic alterations in head and neck cancers are possible therapy targets

Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, associate professor in UNC's Division of Hematology and Oncology, presented on the patterns of genomic alterations in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) at the AACR's 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Lancet Oncology - Building a Pathology Laboratory in Malawi

Lancet Oncology - Building a Pathology Laboratory in Malawi

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the divisions of hematology/oncology and infectious diseases at the UNC School of Medicine, describes his experiences in assisting Kamuzu Central Hospital in the creation of a lab to diagnose and research cancer in Malawi.

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For the first time, researchers isolate adult stem cells from human intestinal tissue

The accomplishment provides a much-needed resource for scientists eager to uncover the true mechanisms of human stem cell biology. It also enables them to explore new tactics to treat inflammatory bowel disease or to ameliorate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, which often damage the gut.

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UNC-Duke Pro Bono Project Offers Free Legal Services to Cancer Patients

Cancer patients at UNC and Duke have one less thing to worry about, thanks to the recently launched Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project. This cutting-edge collaboration among the law schools and cancer centers at the two universities and the North Carolina Bar Association offers free legal services to local cancer patients. The project has won funding from the Kenan Biddle Foundation as well as the North Carolina Bar Foundation.

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Muss discusses treating older cancer patients at OncLive

Hyman B. Muss, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of Geriatric Oncology, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, discusses the need for a team environment when treating an older patient at OncLive.

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African Americans experience longer delay between prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment

African Americans experience longer delay between prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment

African American men on average wait a week longer than their Caucasian counterparts between the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer and treatment, according to University of North Carolina researchers.

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer featured in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing

Men who have dependent children and whose spouses or partners died from cancer are an overlooked population. These fathers face unique challenges not addressed by traditional grief support groups that often attract an older, female population.

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Today Show features Single Fathers Due to Cancer

NBC's Today Show spotlighted the first-of-its-kind program designed to help single dad's who have lost a spouse to cancer. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports on the group's efforts.

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Researchers identify genetic sequence that helps to coordinate synthesis of DNA-packaging proteins

Research conducted in fruit flies at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has pinpointed a specific DNA sequence that both triggers the formation of the “histone locus body” and turns on all the histone genes in the entire block.

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Sills raises awareness about her rare cancer

Craven County resident, Cindy Sills, has alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to bones. She and her husband work to raise awareness of rare rare soft-tissue cancer.

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Evans on WRAL - Researchers push for new healthcare screening strategy

James Evans, director of UNC's Clinical Cancer Genetics program and UNC Lineberger member, says it is time for a public health strategy that focuses on genetic testing of healthy adults.

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'Your Phone Versus Your Heart' - Fredrickson in the New York Times

Barbara Fredrickson, professor of psychology and UNC Lineberger member, writes in an editorial in the New York Times that the physical and psychological tools that allow us to relate to others can diminish with lack of use.

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Smithies named to first class of the Fellows of the AACR Academy

Oliver Smithies did not set out to become one of the world’s foremost pioneers in cancer research. He merely had a question that needed answering.

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Lymphedema therapy provides relief for cancer patients

“It’s a lifesaver.” That’s how Frances Patterson, a breast cancer patient, describes the therapy she receives for lymphedema through the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

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Storming the gates – UNC research probes how pancreatic cancers metastasize

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered that a protein found in the cells surrounding pancreatic cancers play a role in the spread of the disease to other parts of the body.

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Ribisl quoted by Huffington Post on New York cigarette law

Ribisl predicts that new regulations preventing the open display of cigarettes in stores could lead to a reduction in smoking over time.

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Dibbert named Hometown Hero by WCHL

Debbie Dibbert, Director of External Affairs at UNC Lineberger, was named as a Hometown Hero by WCHL 97.9 and Chapelboro.com.

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Ting awarded 2013 University Award for the Advancement of Women

Jenny Ting, PhD, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, has been awarded a 2013 University Award for the Advancement of Women.

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Pignone tapped to lead new UNC Institute for Health Care Quality Improvement

Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Division Chief of General Medicine and Epidemiology, has been named director of the UNC Institute for Health Care Quality Improvement, which aims to establish UNC as the leading academic medical center in the area of clinical quality improvement. The new institute is a product of the UNC School of Medicine’s Strategic Plan.

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Smith authors commentary on first population-based study of HPV vaccine effectiveness

For the first time, a population-based study of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has proven that the vaccine is effective in reducing the incidence of genital warts.

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Cohen and Damania elected as 2013 Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

Two members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have been elected as 2013 Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

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General surgeons perform majority of cancer procedures in the United States

A study by Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, assistant professor of surgery and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, shows that surgical oncologists comprise only a small portion of the number of surgeons who perform cancer surgery.

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UNC School of Medicine named Best Medical School for Primary Care

The School ranked 1st in Primary Care and 22nd in Research overall in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Medical School Rankings. Family Medicine, Rural Medicine and AIDS were also listed as top ten specialties.

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News & Observer profiles nurse practitioners at N.C. Cancer Hospital

To meet a growing need for nurses with advanced training, the University of North Carolina and five other UNC-system schools will offer a doctorate in nursing this fall. The News and Observer article discusses the need and role that will be filled by the new Doctors of Nursing Practice.

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Muss on the long-term sides effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer

Muss on the long-term sides effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer

The journal Oncology's online Cancer Network profiled an address given by Hyman Muss, MD, professor of medicine, at the 30th Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference in March.

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Helper molecule with ‘Mary Poppins-like’ qualities smooths out RNA folding

Helper molecule with ‘Mary Poppins-like’ qualities smooths out RNA folding

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered how helper molecules, or chaperones, aid in the RNA folding process, resolving a fundamental conundrum about how these important biological molecules work.

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New chemical probe provides tool to investigate role of malignant brain tumor domains in chromatin structure and regulation

New chemical probe provides tool to investigate role of malignant brain tumor domains in chromatin structure and regulation

In an article published as the cover story of the March 2013 issue of Nature Chemical Biology, Lindsey James, PhD, research assistant professor in the lab of Stephen Frye, Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, announced the discovery of a chemical probe that can be used to investigate the L3MBTL3 methyl-lysine reader domain. The probe, named UNC1215, will provide researchers with a powerful tool to investigate the function of malignant brain tumor (MBT) domain proteins in biology and disease.

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Genomic screening to detect preventable rare diseases in healthy people

Experts from the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health propose that screening healthy adults for preventable diseases such as colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and several catastrophic blood vessel disorders, among others, could potentially prevent these diseases.

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Global Women's Health featured on WTVD

A UNC Lineberger-affiliated program that provides HIV and cervical cancer testing in Malawi and Zambia was featured on the Raleigh-Durham ABC affiliate.

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Endeavors - Firefly Mice

Could glowing rodents come to the aid of cancer researchers … and patients?

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Hayes lab documents head and neck cancer molecular tumor subtypes

Hayes lab documents head and neck cancer molecular tumor subtypes

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the seventh most common form of cancer in the United States, but other than an association with the human papillomavirus, no validated molecular profile of the disease has been established. By analyzing data from DNA microarrays, a UNC-led team has completed a study that confirms the presence of four molecular classes of the disease and extends previous results by suggesting that there may be an underlying connection between the molecular classes and observed genomic events, some of which affect known cancer genes. The clinical relevance of the classes and certain genomic events was demonstrated, thus paving the way for further studies and possible targeted therapies.

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Evans discusses clinical genomics on Radio In Vivo

James Evans, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, was interviewed about his work as principal investigator on the NCGENES Study with WCOM 103.5's Radio In Vivo.

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Kidney Cancer Association conference focuses on patients and survivors

More than 70 kidney cancer patients and their families participated in the Kidney Cancer Association’s patient and survivor conference held at the Friday Continuing Education Center in Chapel Hill on February 23.

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Perou lab further refines triple-negative breast cancer classification

Perou lab further refines triple-negative breast cancer classification

Triple-negative breast cancers are more biologically diverse than previously believed and classification should be expanded to reflect this heterogeneity, according to University of North Carolina researchers.

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Chen discovers the underlying mechanisms behind chronic inflammation-associated diseases

Chen discovers the underlying mechanisms behind chronic inflammation-associated diseases

Inflammatory response plays a major role in both health protection and disease generation. While the symptoms of disease-related inflammatory response have been know, scientists have not understood the mechanisms that underlie it.

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer featured in the Triangle Tribune

The article profiles Russell Tatum, a father who found emotional support for himself and his family through the UNC Lineberger-supported group designed for fathers who have lost a spouse to cancer.

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Pignone selected for U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Pignone selected for U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Michael Pignone will join fellow experts in evidence-based medicine from many health-related fields to rigorously review existing peer-reviewed evidence and evaluating the benefits and harms of preventive services.

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Towlettes clean up difficult-to-remove anticancer drugs from surfaces

A set of towlettes developed by two researchers at Carolina can safely remove difficult-to-clean anticancer drugs commonly found on surfaces in hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and labs. The product, called Hazardous Drug Clean – or HDClean – addresses the growing concern regarding the safety of health care workers who frequently handle these potentially dangerous drugs.

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Anders and Perou named Health Care Heroes by Triangle Business Journal

The Triangle Business Journal has named two UNC Lineberger members as finalists for the 2013 Health Care Heroes Awards.

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UNC Lineberger partnership with N.C. community colleges promotes health

North Carolina’s community colleges are important settings for educating and training our citizens. Can they also play a role in preventing cancer? A group of UNC researchers recently looked into the question of whether community colleges could spread the latest evidence-based cancer and wellness information to the thousands of employees and students of the state’s community college system.

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Ranney and Goldstein publish News and Observer editorial on smoking

Leah Ranney, PhD, associate director of the UNC Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program, and Adam Goldstein, MD, professor in UNC Family Medicine and director of the Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program, published the following editorial on the social benefits of anti-smoking policies and tobacco-use prevention programs:

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Damania lab discovers gene that suppresses herpesviruses

Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) hide within the worldwide human population. While dormant in the vast majority of those infected, these active herpesviruses can develop into several forms of cancer. In an effort to understand and eventually develop treatments for these viruses, researchers at the University of North Carolina have identified a family of human genes known as Tousled-like kinases (TLKs) that play a key role in the suppression and activation of these viruses.

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Basch appointed to NCI Board of Scientific Advisors

Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, Director of Cancer Outcomes Research at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been appointed by the Director of the National Cancer Institute to serve on the Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA).

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Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening: Values and Techniques Shape Decisions

What’s most important to a man as he decides whether or not to undergo prostate-specific antigen- PSA- screening for prostate cancer? What does he value most about the screening? And what’s the best way to present the information to help him make an appropriate decision for himself?

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Sharpless lab uses luminescent mice to track cancer and aging in real-time

In a study published in the January 18 issue of Cell, researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed a new method to visualize aging and tumor growth in mice using a gene closely linked to these processes.

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Melanoma Patient Day draws strong crowd

More than 150 physicians and patients gathered February 6th and 7th to learn more about melanoma. Melanoma Patient Day, February 6, was a half-day symposium sponsored by the Melanoma Research Foundation, the UNC Division of Surgical Oncology and the UNC Department of Dermatology. Meeting co-chairs were Drs. David Ollila, professor of surgery, and Nancy Thomas, Robert Alan and Irene Briggaman Distinguished Professor of Dermatology.

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Redinbo discovers a superbug's secret to antibiotic resistance

Worldwide, many strains of the bacterium Staphyloccocus aureus are already resistant to all antibiotics except vancomycin. But as bacteria are becoming resistant to this once powerful antidote, S. aureus has moved one step closer to becoming an unstoppable killer. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have not only identified the mechanism by which vancomycin resistance spreads from one bacterium to the next, but also have suggested ways to potentially stop the transfer.

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Endeavors - Genetic Junk or Jewels

UNC researchers find a way to unlock the secrets of DNA’s dark matter.

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Study of human specimen collections in the US offers first look at their huge diversity

A new study from the University of North Carolina published January 25, 2013 in the journal Genome Medicine reveals the huge diversity of U.S. biobanks and also raises questions about the best way to manage and govern them

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UNC researchers awarded Golfers Against Cancer grants

The Triad Golfers Against Cancer has awarded two grants to researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center totaling $65,000.

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