UNC Lineberger News

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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Immune cell suicide alarm helps destroy escaping bacteria

A University of North Carolina School of Medicine study may have implications for thwarting the effects of bioterrorism attack with lethal microbes, as well as finding a way to save people in septic shock, an overwhelming bacterial infection of the blood.

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Gershon brain tumor research featured in The Scientist

The Scientist Magazine has featured recent research by Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, on the link between brain tumors and glycolysis.

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UCRF 2012 Innovation Awards announced

The 2012 University Cancer Research Fund Innovation Awards recognize six University of North Carolina researchers for groundbreaking cancer research. The UCRF Innovation Awards are designed to support innovation, collaboration and cancer-focused science across a broad spectrum of the cancer-research community at UNC.

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Sharpless interviewed on NPR's State of Things about aging/cancer mouse model

Norman Sharpless, MD, Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research and Deputy Cancer Center Director, discussed the development of a mouse model to study aging and cancer with WUNC's Frank Stasio.

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Evans interviewed on NPR about genetic research anonymity

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, spoke to National Public Radio's All Things Considered about the need to find a balance between making genetic data available to researchers and protecting patient privacy.

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Zhang awarded March of Dimes Starter Scholar award

Dr. Qi Zhang receives the 2013 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes Foundation.

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DeSimone receives 2013 Chubb Innovation Award

Joseph DeSimone, PhD, was awarded the 2012 Watson Chubb Award for Innovation from the Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. The award honors creativity among scientists and engineers.

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UNC study on NC teen support of smoking bans featured in U.S. News & World Report

A 2009 survey by UNC faculty of North Carolina middle and high schoolers found that 79 percent support smoke-free areas and other smoking bans.

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Smith: Cervical cancer screening in less-developed areas should be tailored to local conditions

The best approach to detecting cervical cancer in HIV-positive women living in research limited countries such as those in Sub-Saharan Africa combines commonly used testing methods tailored to local levels of development and medical infrastructure, according to a study by researchers from and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and the University of North Carolina.

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Ting awarded American Association of Immunologist’s meritorious career award

Jenny Ting, PhD, Alumni Distinguished Professor in UNC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology and member of UNC Lineberger, has been awarded the American Association of Immunologist’s Life Technologies Meritorious Career Award for 2013.

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Real Doctors, Real People - Keith Burridge

This month's focus is on the ever-popular mode of entertainment enjoyed throughout the centuries: the theater. Keith Burridge, a Kenan Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, is also a playwright. His most recent play, The Art of Deception, is based on a true story of a dutch painter, Han van Meegeren.

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Dark matter made visible before the final cut

Dark matter made visible before the final cut

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Research findings from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine are shining a light on an important regulatory role performed by the so-called dark matter, or “junk DNA,” within each of our genes.

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Endeavors: Yang finds new link between health and connectivity to friends, family, and social groups

Endeavors: Yang finds new link between health and connectivity to friends, family, and social groups

From UNC Endeavors - The arthritis and chronic back pain are so intense that the patient can barely get through the day. The patient’s blood work reveals that his body is in a state of chronic inflammation, a sign that his immune system is working too hard. Doctors prescribe medication, which helps a little, but it won’t address one contributing factor that sociologist Yang Yang says doctors aren’t trained to consider.

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Muss on treating geriatric breast cancer patients at Komen website

The Komen Foundation named Hyman B. Muss, MD, Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Geriatric Oncology Program at University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill as one of two recipients of their Brinker Ward in 2012.

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Gopal awarded AMC fellowship for AIDS-related cancer research

Gopal awarded AMC fellowship for AIDS-related cancer research

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the divisions of hematology/oncology and infectious diseases at the UNC School of Medicine, has been awarded a 2012 AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) fellowship. The fellowship helps foster the careers of new and junior investigators whose work involves clinical research trials on HIV-associated malignancies in resource-limited settings.

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Wang discovers information from outside the genome influences stem cell differentiation, cancer development

Long-standing research efforts have been focused on understanding how stem cells, cells capable of transforming into any type of cell in the body, are capable of being programmed down a defined path to contribute to the development of a specific organ like a heart, lung, or kidney. Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has shed new light on how epigenetic signals may function together to determine the ultimate fate of a stem cell.

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Archived News

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Carey highlighted in Society for Translational Oncology's journal

Carey highlighted in Society for Translational Oncology's journal

Dr. Carey talks about the importance of cancer research and her new role as Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and Physician-in-Chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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N.E.D. featured in The New York Times' health and science blog

N.E.D. - a rock band comprised of gynecologic oncology physicians - was featured in the New York Times' health and science blog.

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Kim receives AACR and Kure It Kidney Cancer research grant

The American Association for Cancer Research and Kure It have announced that William Y. Kim, MD, will receive a 2012 AACR-Kure It Grant for Kidney Cancer Research.

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Dokholyan elected 2012 American Physical Society Fellow

Nikolay Dokholyan, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was elected as a 2012 Fellow of the American Physical Society. The Dokholyan lab studies the physical nature of interactions between atoms, molecules, cells, and organisms. The underlying question throughout their research is how these interactions shape the complex organization, behavior, and evolution of biomolecules and organisms.

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UNC researchers discover how hepatitis C virus reprograms human liver cells

Hepatitis C virus has evolved to invade and hijack the basic machinery of the human liver cell to ensure its survival and spread. Researchers at the University of North have discovered how hepatitis C binds with and repurposes a basic component of cellular metabolism known as a microRNA to help protect and replicate the virus.

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Global Oncology Program holds third annual retreat

The UNC Global Oncology Program held its third annual retreat on December 14 at the Friday Center. Led by Dr. Blossom Damania, Director of the UNC Lineberger Global Oncology Program, and Dr. Dirk Dittmer, Program Resource Director for the program, close to 80 program members from the UNC Center for AIDS Research and UNC Lineberger shared their research.

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Neil Hayes: A pragmatic physician/scientist

Neil Hayes: A pragmatic physician/scientist

For Dr. Neil Hayes “the best part of being a scientist is the people. Here at UNC, it’s the leadership we have for the cancer center in clinical fields, the wonderful scientists across the country who we collaborate with, and our patients.”

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Breast cancer survival featured on UNC's Your Health Radio

Dr. Lisa Carey, Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research, and Barbara Martin, Health-e-NC Project Director, will discuss surviving breast cancer on the next episode of UNC’s Your Health with Adam & Cristy.

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Caregiver support group featured on ABC 11

ABC 11 recently featured the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program's Caregiver Support Group.

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Oncology Program holds third annual retreat

The UNC Lineberger Geriatric Oncology Program held its third annual retreat on November 29 at the Friday Center. Program members presented research and heard scientific presentations from colleagues at Duke and Wake Forest Universities. The group then discussed areas of possible collaboration.

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Ribisl to lead UNC Lineberger Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Ribisl to lead UNC Lineberger Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Kurt Ribisl, PhD, has been appointed to lead the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Roth study paves way to design drugs aimed at multiple protein targets

An international research collaboration led by scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the University of Dundee, in the U.K., have developed a way to efficiently and effectively make designer drugs that hit multiple protein targets at once.

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Something Blue

Brook Zickus’ wedding bouquet featured an unusual “something blue”: a UNC Lineberger ribbon-foot pin.

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Basch discusses the value of patient-reported data in comparative effectiveness research in two webinars Dec. 11 and 12

Ethan Basch, MD, Director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be speaking in two webinars on comparative effectiveness on Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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More than 60 UNC Lineberger physicians named Best Doctors in America® 2012-2013

The annual compilation of The Best Doctors in America® includes more than 60 physicians affiliated with the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Yang quoted by Fox News on gender and cancer survivability

Yang quoted by Fox News on gender and cancer survivability

Yang Yang, PhD, associate professor of sociology and member of UNC Lineberger, was quoted about a Journal of Urology study that found that men have a higher death rate from cancer.

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Evans interviewed by NPR on genetic mutations in healthy people

Evans interviewed by NPR on genetic mutations in healthy people

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, was quoted on National Public Radio's All Things Considered discussing a report in American Journal of Human Genetics finding that healthy people have many genetic mutations.

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Magnuson serves as vice-chair of report on California stem cell research

Terry Magnuson served on an Institute of Medicine commission tasked to review the progress of California’s state-funded regenerative medicine initiative focused on stem cell research.

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Norman E. Sharpless appointed Deputy Director of UNC Lineberger

Norman E. Sharpless appointed Deputy Director of UNC Lineberger

Chapel Hill, NC – Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, has been appointed Deputy Director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Sharpless is the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research, professor of medicine and genetics.

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Innocenti receives 2013 Leon I. Goldberg Award

Innocenti receives 2013 Leon I. Goldberg Award

Federico Innocenti, MD, PhD, received the 2013 Leon I. Goldberg Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Innocenti, associate director for oncology research in the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy and a member of UNC Lineberger, was recognized for his work in individualizing therapy for cancer patients.

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Three Lineberger members named AAAS 2012 Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded three UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members the distinction of AAAS 2012 Fellow. The three were among four UNC School of Medicine Faculty honored.

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Real Nurses - Stacey Anderegg

Stacey Anderegg is an Hematology/Oncology Infusion Nurse at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. In her life outside the hospital, Stacey is a vocalist with a 7 woman a cappella group called "Stella."

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Carey interviewed by MedPage Today about African Americans and breast cancer

Carey interviewed by MedPage Today about African Americans and breast cancer

Dr. Lisa Carey, MD, medical director of the UNC Breast Center and associate director for clinical science at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, spoke to MedPage Today about a recent Centers for Disease Control study that reported that black patients had a 41 percent higher mortality than their white counterparts, despite having a lower incidence of the disease.

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New mechanism for cancer progression discovered by UNC and Harvard researchers

The protein Ras plays an important role in cellular growth control. Researchers have focused on the protein because mutations in its gene are found in more than 30 percent of all cancers, making it the most prevalent human oncogene.

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Research reveals new understanding of X chromosome inactivation

Research reveals new understanding of X chromosome inactivation

Chapel Hill, NC – In a paper published in the Nov. 21 issue of Cell, a team led by Mauro Calabrese, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina in the lab of Terry Magnuson, chair of the department of genetics and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, broadens the understanding of how cells regulate silencing of the X chromosome in a process known as X-inactivation.

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Hayes interview by NC Now on lung cancer research

Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, talks to North Carolina Now about new research into lung cancer. The interview aired on the show's Nov. 12, 2012 broadcast.

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Ethan Basch joins UNC Lineberger to lead cancer outcomes research program

Chapel Hill, NC – Ethan Basch, MD, has joined the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Basch will be an associate professor of medicine and director of the cancer outcomes research program.

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Two UNC Lineberger supporters honored with Davie Award

Two UNC Board of Trustees members and longtime UNC Lineberger supporters were among the seven honored with the William Richardson Davie Award. The Davie Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the UNC Board of Trustees.

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Support Week honors and serves patients and caregivers

The 2012 Comprehensive Cancer Support Program Support Week was a huge success. Hundreds of patients and caregivers learned about and participated in activities highlighting the many support services of the Comprehensive Support Program during CCSP Support Week 2012.

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2012 Oncology Excellence Award recipients announced

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Cancer Care honored four employees with 2012 Excellence Awards.

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Olshan named to UNC Lineberger leadership post

Andrew F. Olshan, PhD, has been appointed Associate Director of Population Sciences at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. This senior leadership position is responsible for overseeing the development of population-based cancer research and its integration throughout the Cancer Center programs. The position also oversees several Cancer Center core resources as well as two established scientific programs, Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention and Control. Dr. Olshan will continue to serve as head of the Cancer Epidemiology Program and directs two cores, the Biospecimens Processing Facility and Rapid Case Ascertainment Core.

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News 14 - North Carolina Children's Hospital's top-notch care fit for a queen

Valerie King is living the teenage dream, she's in the running for homecoming queen. While it's tough competition for the crown, it's nothing compared to the battle she's been fighting for the past year.

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Golden and Earp awarded for SOPHE paper of the year

Shelley Golden, MPH, and Jo Anne Earp, ScD, co-wrote an article that received the Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award at the 63rd annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), held Oct. 25-27 in San Francisco.

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Green joins UNC Lineberger External Affairs

Green joins UNC Lineberger External Affairs

Elizabeth D. Green has joined UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Office of External Affairs in the role of major gifts officer. She will work with UNC Lineberger supporters, faculty and staff to enhance awareness of and private support for cancer prevention, research and treatment programs at UNC Lineberger and the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Patterson elected President of the Association of Professors of Cardiology

Patterson elected President of the Association of Professors of Cardiology

The chief of cardiology in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and member of UNC Lineberger has been elected president of the Association of Professors of Cardiology.

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Source Code: Discovering the links between epigenetic tags

UNC researchers discover the first link between epigenetic tags—the chemicals that orchestrate how our genes are expressed and our health maintained or derailed.

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New resource for single fathers due to cancer

New resource for single fathers due to cancer

A new website for Single Fathers Due to Cancer has been launched as a way to help fathers more easily find resources and support.

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Komen's 31 Days of Impact features Carey

Komen's 31 Days of Impact features Carey

Dr. Lisa Carey was featured by the Susan G. Komen Foundation as part of its 31 Days of Impact series that profiled men and women who are inspirational in the fight against breast cancer.

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McLeod quoted on chemotherapy dosages in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

McLeod quoted on chemotherapy dosages in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News interviwed Howard McLeod, PharmD, about the role of physicians and insurance companies in gauging chemotherapy dosages in an article titled "Chemotherapy for the 21st Century" published Oct. 31, 2012.

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Van Le Named Palumbo Professor

Van Le Named Palumbo Professor

Linda Van Le, MD, professor of gynecologic oncology and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been appointed the Leonard Palumbo Distinguished Professor of Gynecologic Oncology. This professorship was established in 1986 in honor of Dr. Leonard Palumbo. Because of Dr. Palumbo's long standing commitment to gynecologic oncology it was the family's wish that this professorship be designated as a professorship in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Wesley Fowler, Jr. held the professorship during his nearly forty years of dedicated service to the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Weissler named vice-chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons

Weissler named vice-chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons

Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, was elected vice-chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the organization’s 2012 Clinical Congress in Chicago on Sept 30.

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UNC physician elected to board of directors for American Society for Radiation Oncology

UNC physician elected to board of directors for American Society for Radiation Oncology

Lawrence B. Marks, MD, has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

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Parise and Leisner research into protein CIB1 profiled in Raleigh News and Observer

The Raleigh News and Observer interviewed Leslie Parise, PhD, professor and chair of the department of biochemistry, and Tina Leisner, PhD, a UNC research associate in biochemistry, about their research into the linkage between breast cancer and the protein CIB1.

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Amos discusses breast cancer in the black community on Black Issues Forum

Amos discusses breast cancer in the black community on Black Issues Forum

Keith Amos, MD, FACS, was interviewed by UNC-TV’s Black Issues Forum on community education about breast cancer in the African American community on Sunday, Oct. 28.

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Caregiver Conversations: support for caregivers

Look at a typical directory of cancer support groups and you’ll find listings for cancer types, survivorship, and coping. But not too many lists include groups for caregivers.

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Top articles about lay health advisors authored by UNC faculty

Top articles about lay health advisors authored by UNC faculty

There are Top 20 lists for music, books and for articles written about lay health advisors, as reported by the BioMedLib “Who is Publishing in My Domain?” journal.

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New Genome Sciences Building provides new home for cancer genomics research

Located at the center of campus, the new Genome Sciences Building will help researchers unlock the underlying mechanisms of cancer, in addition to providing space for other groundbreaking research.

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Ann Hartline: Living Life Large with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Asheville artist Ann Hartline was featured in Family House Diaries in July 2011. Despite new medical challenges over the past year, Ann celebrated five years of living life large with metastatic breast cancer.

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Close to 150 faculty and postdoctoral fellows gathered at the Kenan Center for the 37th annual UNC Lineberger Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

This year’s speaker was Dr. Brooke McCartney, associate professor in the department of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She completed her postdoc training in the lab of Dr. Mark Peifer.

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NCI Grant to Supplement Comparative Effectiveness Research Study of Prostate Cancer Treatment

NCI Grant to Supplement Comparative Effectiveness Research Study of Prostate Cancer Treatment

Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Radiation Oncology in the UNC School of Medicine and Bryce Reeve, PhD, associate professor of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded a four-year, $1,124,226 grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This grant supplements a parent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to monitor the recovery, mental well-being and quality of life of prostate cancer patients during the two years following treatment. Both researchers are members of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC’s Myron Cohen and Terry Magnuson elected to Institute of Medicine

Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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Gopal receives Fogarty International Center Award from NIH

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of hematology/oncology and infectious diseases at the UNC School of Medicine, has received a five-year International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health.

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Robert Millikan, cancer researcher, gentle colleague, dies Oct. 7

Robert Millikan, cancer researcher, gentle colleague, dies Oct. 7

A brilliant and beloved scientist has left us too early. Dr. Robert Millikan, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, died Sunday, October 7. He was 55.

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Valdar receives $1.4 million grant to leverage collaborative cross

William Valdar, PhD, assistant professor of genetics, has received a 5-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (part of the National Institutes of Health), to develop statistical methods and software to support the design and analysis of experiments that use the Collaborative Cross, a “library” of genetic diversity that scientists believe can help fast-track important discoveries about genetics and disease into new discoveries, tests, and treatments that impact human health.

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V Foundation blog features UNC researchers

V Foundation blog features UNC researchers

Drs. Davis, Lieb and Rathmell, all members of UNC Lineberger, are featured in an article on V's Voice, the blog for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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STO receives grant for annual meeting, event to be held at UNC Lineberger

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center recently awarded the Society for Translational Oncology (STO) $5,000 to be used for the organization's annual meeting. This year's meeting "Personalizing Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment 2012" will be held October 20-21 at UNC Lineberger.

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Wang receives grant from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Andrew Wang, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, has been awarded a $50,000 one-year grant from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

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UNC Lineberger announces 2011 Joseph S. Pagano Awards

Chapel Hill, NC – Christophe Guilluy, PhD, Wenjin Liu, PhD and JinZhu Duan, PhD are the first, second, and third place recipients of the Joseph S. Pagano Award for a paper by a postdoctoral fellow published in 2011.

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UNC Lineberger director named Village Pride Honoree for October 2

WCHL named UNC Lineberger director Shelley Earp, MD, the Village Pride Award Honoree for October 2, 2012. 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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Chapel Hill, Carrboro turning pink to support UNC cancer patients and families

Chapel Hill, NC – More than 50 Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses and community groups are turning the towns pink during the months of September and October to raise funds for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and its Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

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Scientists find missing link between players in the epigenetic code

Scientists find missing link between players in the epigenetic code

New research from UNC has established the first link between the two most fundamental epigenetic tags -- histone modification and DNA methylation -- in humans.

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Dr. Hy Muss Named a 2012 Brinker Award winner for scientific distinction

DALLAS -- An American clinician-scientist and an Israeli researcher whose work has led to more personalized treatments for breast cancer are being honored as this year’s winners of the prestigious Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Brinker Awards for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science and Clinical Research, the highest awards of merit given by the world’s leading breast cancer organization.

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Damania, Dittmer talk about new global oncology program

Blossom Damania, PhD, and Dirk Dittmer, PhD, both have lived all over the world, where they saw firsthand the global burden of cancer. Both are professors of microbiology and immunology in the UNC school of Medicine and members of UNC Lineberger.

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Evans talks about DNA analysis on HuffPost Live

Evans talks about DNA analysis on HuffPost Live

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, provided his perspective on a HuffPost Live broadcast that aired on September 24, 2012.

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