UNC Lineberger News

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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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. 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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