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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. - 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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Carey named Division Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Physician-in-Chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital

Chapel Hill - Lisa A. Carey, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Informatics approach helps doctors, patients make sense of genome data

Informatics approach helps doctors, patients make sense of genome data

Chapel Hill, NC – The cost of sequencing the entire human genome, or exome – the regions of the genome that are translated into proteins that affect cell behavior – has decreased significantly, to the point where the cost of looking at the majority of a patient’s genomic data may be less expensive than undertaking one or two targeted genetic tests.

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NPR series focuses on gene sequencing, Evans comments

NPR series focuses on gene sequencing, Evans comments

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in NPR's second story in its "$1,000 Genome" series, which aired today.

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Diseases of aging map to a few ‘hotspots’ on the human genome

Chapel Hill, NC –Researchers have long known that individual diseases are associated with genes in specific locations of the genome.

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Whitehurst represents UNC Lineberger at SU2C telecast

Whitehurst represents UNC Lineberger at SU2C telecast

Dr. Angelique Whitehurst, assistant professor of pharmacology, was awarded a 2011 Innovative Research Grant from Stand Up to Cancer, the scientific partner of the American Association of Cancer Research.

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Cell death mystery yields new suspect for cancer drug development

Cell death mystery yields new suspect for cancer drug development

Chapel Hill, NC – A mysterious form of cell death, coded in proteins and enzymes, led to a discovery by UNC researchers uncovering a prime suspect for new cancer drug development.

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TCGA discovers potential therapeutic targets for lung squamous cell carcinoma

TCGA discovers potential therapeutic targets for lung squamous cell carcinoma

Changes in DNA that are important to the initiation and progression of lung cancer also identified by NIH-supported researchers

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Cancer survivor Wanda Wooten shares her story

Cancer survivor Wanda Wooten shares her story

Wanda Wooten talks with NBC 17 about the day she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and her treatment and offers encouragement to other women facing ovarian cancer.

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Cancer gene family member functions key to cell adhesion and migration

The WTX gene is mutated in approximately 30 percent of Wilms tumors, a pediatric kidney cancer. Like many genes, WTX is part of a family. In this case, WTX has two related siblings, FAM123A and FAM123C.

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ENCODE scientists show how DNA blueprint functions

ENCODE scientists show how DNA blueprint functions

UNC scientists were co-principal investigators and collaborators for projects described in the September 6, 2012 special issue of the journal Nature describing the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) Project.

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Researchers license new technology

GeneCentric now has two separate exclusive licenses to diagnostic technologies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The company was co-founded in 2011 by UNC Lineberger researchers Drs. Charles Perou and Neil Hayes, who discovered molecular signatures critical in distinguishing clinically relevant subtypes of lung cancer.

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Carolina cracks top 10 in federal R&D expenditures

UNC-Chapel Hill rose to ninth from 16th among leading private and public research universities for the level of federal funding ($545.99 million) devoted to research and development in all fields during fiscal 2010.

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UNC headlines American Cancer Society breakfast

UNC headlines American Cancer Society breakfast

UNC Head Basketball Coach Roy Williams and UNC Lineberger physician-scientist Kim Rathmell, MD, PhD, were featured speakers at the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network breakfast, held August 24th in Research Triangle Park.

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Program offers outdoor adventures to cancer survivors, UNC faculty volunteer services

Kayaking and rock climbing aren’t usual clinical activities for UNC Lineberger medical oncologist Dr. Juneko Grilley-Olson and nurse practitioner Elizabeth Sherwood, but they were during the time that each volunteered for a First Descents camp week for young adult cancer survivors.

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Study reveals new molecular target for melanoma treatment

Study reveals new molecular target for melanoma treatment

Chapel Hill, NC – A laboratory study led by UNC medical oncologist Stergios Moschos, MD, demonstrates how a new targeted drug, Elesclomol, blocks oxidative phosphorylation, which appears to play essential role in melanoma that has not been well-understood.

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B Cell survival holds key to chronic graft vs. host disease

B Cell survival holds key to chronic graft vs. host disease

Chapel Hill, NC – Leukemia and lymphoma patients who receive life-saving stem cell or bone marrow transplants often experience chronic side effects that significantly decrease quality of life, can last a lifetime, and ultimately affect their long-term survival.

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The V Foundation selects UNC team as 2012 translational grant recipients

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research foundations, has awarded a $600,000 grant to a UNC Lineberger team.

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Kathy DeClue: a selfless gift from a younger brother

A Randolph County woman with leukemia receives stem cells from her youngest brother in hopes of restoring her health and returning to work as a baker.

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Making the case for adjuvant chemotherapy for older patients with colon cancer

Making the case for adjuvant chemotherapy for older patients with colon cancer

Hy Muss, MD, and Debra Bynum, MD, co-authored an editorial in the July 20, 2012 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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UNC team describes novel inflammatory protein function

UNC team describes novel inflammatory protein function

A UNC-led team of scientists describes the function of a previously uncharacterized protein that dramatically influences inflammation.

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UNC Lineberger announces first Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award recipient

Chapel Hill, NC – Carmina G. Valle, MPH, is the recipient of the first 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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DeSimone gives podcast interview to EarthSky

Joseph DeSimone, PhD, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, gave an interview to EarthSky regarding his green inventions, his current work and the future of science.

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McCrory earns medal at Olympic games

Nick McCrory, the son of Ana and Doug McCrory, won a bronze medal in the Olympic men’s 10-meter synchronized diving competition with partner David Boudia. Nick’s mother, Ana, works in the UNC Lineberger Tissue Culture Facility.

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Evans discusses company's request for FDA approval of personalized DNA test

Evans discusses company's request for FDA approval of personalized DNA test

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in an article on NPR's website discussing a recent request by a genetic test maker for the Food and Drug Administration to approve its personalized DNA test.

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UNC team reports a novel DNA Damage-Dependent Tumor Suppressor

Life is full of choices, and even cells come to a fork in the road. They have to decide what to do about damage to their DNA: repair the damage, force the damaged cell to die, or allow the damage to transform the cell to a tumor cell.

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UNC graduate students awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships

Three UNC graduate students were awarded International Predoctoral Fellowships by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Onur Dagliyan, Alakananda Das, and Mira Pronobis each received a $43,000 fellowship.

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UNC Lineberger scientists receive grant for pulmonary inflammation research

UNC Lineberger scientists receive grant for pulmonary inflammation research

Three UNC Lineberger researchers are collaborating on a project recently awarded more than $3.3 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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Human papillomavirus types do not replace others after large-scale vaccination

Vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV) are now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for both teenage boys and girls. The vaccine protects against the two most common types of the virus that cause cervical cancer: HPV 16 and 18. Is there a chance that the increased number of people vaccinated might result in an increase of other types of HPV that cause cancer?

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Diving into the Summer Olympics, UNC Lineberger employee's special connection

Diving into the Summer Olympics, UNC Lineberger employee's special connection

Ana McCrory of the Tissue Culture Facility will be making a special trip to London in July. She, her husband, Doug, their son, Lucas, and other family members are traveling to cheer on her son, Nick, who is a member of the 11-member US diving team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Dittmer selected to serve as chair of AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section

Dittmer selected to serve as chair of AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section

Dirk Dittmer, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, has been selected to serve as chair of the AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section, for the Center for Scientific Review, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

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“Corona Cares” supports patients, families dealing with cancer

RALEIGH, NC – Crown Imports announced today that the highly successful “Corona Cares” charitable donation program in North Carolina will kick off on August 1 to benefit patient and family support programs at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Over the past two years, “Corona Cares” has provided more than $210,000 for these programs.

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Study shows colon and rectal tumors constitute a single type of cancer

The Cancer Genome Atlas generates genomic data for colon and rectal cancers that point to potential targets for treatment.

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Cancer one of three UNC specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News

Overall, eleven specialties at UNC Hospitals were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue.

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Kenan Institute appoints Joseph DeSimone as new director

Kenan Institute appoints Joseph DeSimone as new director

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has appointed Joseph M. DeSimone as its new director.

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Pox, patents and pancreatic cancer vaccines

Pox, patents and pancreatic cancer vaccines

Rachel Roper, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at East Carolina’s Brody School of Medicine has been granted a patent for her discovery of a poxvirus gene that, when deleted, significantly weakens the vaccine virus while simultaneously increasing immune responses to it.

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Amos quoted in ABC News feature

Amos quoted in ABC News feature

Keith Amos, MD, assistant professor of surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill, is quoted in an ABC News feature discussing a new study about partial breast removal surgery to treat cancer.

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Strader honored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

John Strader, PA-C with the hematologic malignancies program, was honored as the 2012 Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, North Carolina chapter, raising over $30,000 for the organization.

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Preclinical studies use specialized ultrasound to detect presence of cancer

Preclinical studies use specialized ultrasound to detect presence of cancer

Chapel Hill - From the air, the twists and turns of rivers can easily be seen. In the body, however, tracing the twists and turns of blood vessels is difficult, but important. Vessel “bendiness” can indicate the presence and progression of cancer.

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Key biomarker’s new role in head and neck cancer

Key biomarker’s new role in head and neck cancer

Researchers at UNC have proposed a novel interpretation of an old biomarker which, if validated, could fundamentally transform the management of head and neck cancer.

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Antibodies reverse Type 1 diabetes in new immunotherapy study

Antibodies reverse Type 1 diabetes in new immunotherapy study

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have used injections of antibodies to rapidly reverse the onset of Type I diabetes in mice genetically bred to develop the disease. Moreover, just two injections maintained disease remission indefinitely without harming the immune system.

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Advocates join together to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer

Advocates join together to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer

When scientists and advocates join forces, good things can happen. Dr. Channing Der, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Pharmacology and UNC Lineberger faculty member, and Lori Matteson, a Raleigh pancreatic cancer survivor and advocate, joined over 600 other pancreatic cancer advocates and family members on a visit to Washington, DC.

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Stitzenberg appointed to term on NC advisory committee

Stitzenberg appointed to term on NC advisory committee

Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, has been appointed to a four-year term on the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.

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Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Bruce Ham shares his story, how support group for single fathers due to cancer helps him

Bruce Ham heard about the “Support Program for Single Fathers” from a friend. “I attended the first meeting. The guys in the group were going through exactly what I was going through and they were a similar age, they had all lost their wives to cancer, they all had kids in the house, so we had a lot in common. That’s what made it appealing to me.”

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Making genomes make sense

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Sometimes, technology progresses faster than our ability to take advantage of it.

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RN: Real Nurses - Barbara Riff

RN: Real Nurses - Barbara Riff

Parking difficulties inspired Barbara Riff to take motorcycle lessons with her son. Now she commutes to work via motorcycle and frequently takes motorcycle trips for fun.

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New JAMA study shows stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost, UNC's Deborah Tate co-author

New JAMA study shows stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost, UNC's Deborah Tate co-author

A customized weight loss program may cost less to implement – despite having similar results – than a traditional weight loss program, according to a study published in the June 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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UNC Lineberger honors five clinical fellows

UNC Lineberger honored five clinical fellows for their research accomplishments and clinical excellence.

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Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

A new analysis done by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has found that physical activity - either mild or intense and before or after menopause - may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits.

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Transplant survivors face chronic financial stressors

Transplant survivors face chronic financial stressors

Following a blood stem cell transplant, survivors can face serious economic challenges that may negatively affect their quality of life.

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Dr. Lisa Carey authors editorial on neoadjuvant trials for breast cancer

Dr. Lisa Carey authors editorial on neoadjuvant trials for breast cancer

Lisa Carey, MD, authored an editorial, titled “Neoadjuvant Trials of Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 Targeting: How Many Drugs Do We Need?”

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Genetic pattern predicts response, metastasis in melanoma

Genetic pattern predicts response, metastasis in melanoma

A gene known to be mutated in many different cancers, but thought to be relatively unimportant in melanoma, may be a key indicator of how the disease will respond to radiation therapy and whether it will spread.

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A Summer Final Four: Help Cornucopia House Win $25,000

A Summer Final Four: Help Cornucopia House Win $25,000

Votes, not baskets, will propel Cornucopia House to the Final Four in a national competition for a $25K mobile technology grant from AtlanticBT.

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Dibbert elected president of National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers

Dibbert elected president of National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers

Chapel Hill, NC – Debbie C. Dibbert, Director of External Affairs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected president of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO). She will serve a two-year term.

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Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A recent clinical trial testing a combination therapy for basal-like (also known as triple-negative) breast cancer demonstrates that a combination of two drugs with promising preclinical results is not as effective as researchers had hoped.

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Gene inactivation drives spread of melanoma

Gene inactivation drives spread of melanoma

Chapel Hill, NC – Why do some cancers spread rapidly to other organs and others don’t metastasize? A team of UNC researchers led by Norman Sharpless, MD, have identified a key genetic switch that determines whether melanoma, a lethal skin cancer, spreads by metastasis.

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Jennifer Bowman named Hometown Hero for June 11

WCHL named Jennifer Bowman a Hometown Hero for June 11, 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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Mayer appointed to term on Cancer Survivorship Committee

Mayer appointed to term on Cancer Survivorship Committee

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, associate professor in the UNC School of Nursing, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Cancer Survivorship Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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UNC Lineberger member James Evans quoted in Nature

UNC Lineberger member James Evans quoted in Nature

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in an article discussing the fetal genome and the possibility of clinic procedures being introduced in the next couple of years.

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UNC Lineberger member Kurt Ribisl co-authors study assessing online alcohol sales to minors

UNC Lineberger member Kurt Ribisl co-authors study assessing online alcohol sales to minors

Kurt Ribisl, PhD, is co-author of the article “Internet Alcohol Sales to Minors” published online ahead of print in the May 2012 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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Bae-Jump receives grant to study impact of obesity on ovarian cancer

Bae-Jump receives grant to study impact of obesity on ovarian cancer

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, has received a two-year $200,000 grant from the Department of Defense, to study “Preclinical and Clinical Investigations of the Impact of Obesity on Ovarian Cancer Pathogenesis.”

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N.C. Children's Hospital achieves high rankings in several specialties including cancer

Congratulations to the N.C. Children’s Hospital for receiving top rankings in 10 out of 10 clinical categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list. The N.C. Children’s Hospital is ranked 26th in cancer.

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Over 150 attend UNC Lineberger's annual scientific retreat

More than 150 faculty, students, and fellows gathered in the Alumni Center to hear talks on HPV and Cancer given by UNC Lineberger scientists from basic, translational science, clinical, population science, and global perspectives.

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Science, surgery, and start-ups - in depth with Dr. Nancy DeMore

Science, surgery, and start-ups - in depth with Dr. Nancy DeMore

UNC surgeon-scientist Dr. Nancy DeMore says, “As a physician, I’m acutely aware of how much more we need to learn about breast cancer and how urgently we need better therapies. It really gives me hope to be in the lab and to know that I’m working towards something that may make things better for patients.”

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UNC Oncology Chaplain Named North Carolina Chaplain of the Year

Chapel Hill - Patricia Cadle, MRE, BCC, Oncology Chaplain at UNC Health Care’s Department of Pastoral Care, was honored as the 2012 Chaplain of the Year by the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association. This award is presented annually at the Association’s spring conference in recognition of “distinguished ministry in pastoral care” to a chaplain “who serves patients, community and colleagues with grace and innovation.”

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BCBSNC Names Dr. Lisa Carey to Board of Trustees

BCBSNC Names Dr. Lisa Carey to Board of Trustees

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has announced Dr. Lisa Carey, Medical Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Breast Center and Associate Director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, as the newest member of its board of trustees.

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Discovery Suggests New Combination Therapy Strategy for Basal-Like Breast Cancers

Chapel Hill, NC – Multiple research projects – including a 2006 study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – have used DNA microarray analysis to identify several breast cancer subtypes, including luminal A, luminal B, basal-like and HER2-enriched. Simple tests are being developed to help doctors identify these subtypes and to treat their patients in a more biologically-based way. In turn, these tests have made several studies possible that indicate that basal-like, or triple negative breast cancer, is more prevalent in African Americans than their Caucasian counterparts.

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Quest to understand Hepatitis C link with liver cancer receives $2.35 million boost

Chapel Hill, NC – Does hepatitis C cause liver cancer due to inflammation associated with the disease, or does the virus interact with host cells in a different way to promote the development of cancer?

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Bae-Jump to serve on NCI's Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee

Bae-Jump to serve on NCI's Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD will serve a two-year term as a junior investigator on the Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute, a member institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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UNC study highlights diagnosis of lung cancer subtypes

UNC study highlights diagnosis of lung cancer subtypes

In the processes of treating most cancers, one of the key pieces of information is the appearance of the tumor under the microscope using a technique called light microscopy. In lung cancer, for example, the appearance of the tumor determines both which chemotherapies are safe and which chemotherapies are effective. In addition, tumor appearance also suggests which patients should be tested for mutations that can be targeted by some of the most effective and safest drugs on the market.

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Norman E. Sharpless, MD, appointed the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research

Chapel Hill, NC – Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, professor of medicine and genetics and Associate Director for Translational Research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been appointed the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research. The professorship was established by the School of Medicine in 1988 with gifts from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the William A. Smith Trust of Wadesboro, NC. The gifts were supplemented by the state of North Carolina the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to create the endowed professorship.

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DNA replication protein also has a role in mitosis, cancer

DNA replication protein also has a role in mitosis, cancer

The finding presents a possible explanation for why so many cancers possess not just genomic instability, but also more or less than the usual 46 DNA-containing chromosomes.

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Grant to fund use of kinase test in HER2-positive breast cancer

Grant to fund use of kinase test in HER2-positive breast cancer

Chapel Hill, NC – Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a grant of almost $900,000 to Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Gary Johnson, PhD, to research clinical applications for the first broad-based test for protein kinase activation and response to inhibitory drugs in HER2-positive breast cancer.

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Study shows benefit of new maintenance therapy for multiple myeloma

Chapel Hill, NC – Multiple myeloma is a form of cancer where the plasma cells in the bone marrow grow out of control, causing damage to bones as well as predisposing patients to anemia, infection and kidney failure. A medical procedure called autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, commonly known as a stem cell transplant, is frequently an important treatment option for many patients.

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Molecular subtypes and genetic alterations may determine response to lung cancer therapy

Molecular subtypes and genetic alterations may determine response to lung cancer therapy

Chapel Hill - Cancer therapies targeting specific molecular subtypes of the disease allow physicians to tailor treatment to a patient’s individual molecular profile. But scientists are finding that in many types of cancer the molecular subtypes are more varied than previously thought and contain further genetic alterations that can affect a patient’s response to therapy.

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UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program achieves outstanding outcomes

Chapel Hill, NC –A medical procedure called allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation, commonly known as a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, is the only known curative option for many patients with life-threatening blood-borne cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.

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Thriving on science: in depth with Jason Lieb

Thriving on science: in depth with Jason Lieb

Jason Lieb likes to mix it up. A triathlete, he enjoys running, swimming and cycling. In his lab, he works in several model systems: yeast, round worms (C. elegans), fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) and human cell lines.

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Postdoctoral fellow receives DOD Visionary Fellowship Award

Idoia Garcia, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, has been awarded a Department of Defense Visionary Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. The peer-reviewed award is intended to support exceptionally talented recent medical or other doctoral graduates in their pursuit of cutting-edge, innovative, high-risk/high-impact cancer research during their postdoctoral fellowship.

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Der receives grant funding for pancreatic cancer research

Der receives grant funding for pancreatic cancer research

Channing Der, PhD, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Pharmacology, received a two-year $200,000 American Association for Cancer Research Innovative grant from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. His grant will fund research on the mechanism of ERK inhibition resistance and ERK-dependent pancreatic cancer.

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UNC scientist reports ways to improve breast cancer biomarker test

American and Spanish researchers report potential ways for doctors to improve the treatment of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer even if they lack access to costly multi-gene tests.

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Review study makes recommendations to enhance Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research

Which treatment for prostate cancer is most effective? Will a specific combination of cancer drugs increase patient survival for colon cancer? As the pace of scientific discovery continues to accelerate, patients and their providers face more choices and decisions about how to address their health care needs, and information that can help inform their decisions is often hard to find.

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Stem cells poised to self-destruct for the good of the embryo

Stem cells poised to self-destruct for the good of the embryo

Embryonic stem cells are primed to kill themselves if damage to their DNA makes them a threat to the developing embryo. UNC researchers reveal how they do it.

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DeSimone elected into National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Joseph DeSimone, PhD, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that a U.S. scientist or engineer can receive.

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Milowsky comments on new therapies for bladder cancer

Matthew Milowsky, MD, was recently quoted in the online journal Health News Digest on new therapies for bladder cancer.

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Joseph S. Pagano receives 2012 Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award

Joseph S. Pagano, MD, has been awarded the fifth annual Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award in recognition of his accomplishments in cancer research. Dr. Pagano is the director emeritus of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC study shows potential to revive abandoned cancer drug by nanoparticle drug delivery

Current nanomedicine research has focused on the delivery of established and novel therapeutics. But a UNC team is taking a different approach.

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36th Annual UNC Lineberger Scientific Symposium

UNC Lineberger’s 36th annual scientific symposium drew large crowds, with over 450 participants.

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Armistead receives Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

Paul Armistead, MD, PhD, has received a grant of more than $396,000 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) to study leukemia stem cell-associated minor histocompatibility antigens.

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UNC junior’s research honored at American Association for Cancer Research meeting

UNC junior Molly DeCristo attended her first international scientific meeting, but not just as a participant. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored her poster with a rosette, judging it as “highly rated,” among the top 2.5 percent of those submitted.

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Joyce Wilson: On Trips of a Lifetime, Planned and Unplanned

A Wayne County woman doesn’t let cancer, its treatment or its recurrence get in the way of her plans to attend her oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation or her own 45th high school reunion.

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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy optimal for localized prostate cancer

Chapel Hill - A treatment for localized prostate cancer known as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is better than conventional conformal radiation therapy (CRT) for reducing certain side effects and preventing cancer recurrence, according to a study published in the April 18, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2012, approximately 241,740 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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International panel recommends new model for breast cancer care

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - As the number of breast cancer survivors increases, now estimated at 2.8 million, more will be living with the chronic effects of cancer treatments or with advanced disease.

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Coghill receives grant to study graft versus host disease

James Coghill, MD, has received a grant of more than $529,000 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) to study a promising target for new therapies to combat graft versus host disease, a serious complication of treatment for many blood cancers.

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UNC scientists describe protein that protects against colon cancer

Chapel Hill - A family of proteins is yielding new information about how it contributes to the development of gastrointestinal disease and cancer. A team of UNC scientists reports that in pre-clinical models, the absence of a protein called NLRP12 significantly increases susceptibility to colitis-associated colon cancer.

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Three-dimensional RNA modeling opens scientific doors

Chapel Hill, NC – In a paper published today in the journal Nature Methods, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill demonstrates a simple, cost-effective technique for three-dimensional RNA structure prediction that will help scientists understand the structures, and ultimately the functions, of the RNA molecules that dictate almost every aspect of human cell behavior. When cell behavior goes wrong, diseases – including cancer and metabolic disorders – can be the result.

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UNC scientists describe protein that protects against colon cancer

Chapel Hill - A family of proteins is yielding new information about how it contributes to the development of gastrointestinal disease and cancer. A team of UNC scientists reports that in pre-clinical models, the absence of a protein called NLRP12 significantly increases susceptibility to colitis-associated colon cancer.

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Ten minutes could save your life: FREE Head & Neck Cancer Screenings

UNC Health Care will offer free screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, on Wednesday, April 25, from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic on the ground floor of the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital.

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Kinase test may yield big gains for drug-resistant cancers

Chapel Hill, NC – In a paper published today in the journal Cell, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unveils the first broad-based test for activation of protein kinases “en masse”, enabling measurement of the mechanism behind drug-resistant cancer and rational prediction of successful combination therapies.

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Gene switches do more than flip “on” or “off”

Gene switches do more than flip “on” or “off”

Chapel Hill - Anyone who’s tried a weekend home improvement project knows that to do a job right, you’ve got to have the right tools. For cells, these “tools” are proteins encoded by genes.

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Dr. Nancy DeMore and UNC colleagues present triple-negative breast cancer finding at national meeting

Nancy DeMore, MD, and colleagues presented an abstract at the recent Society of Surgical Oncology 65th annual cancer symposium held in Orlando, Florida in March. Dr. DeMore is an associate professor of surgery and a member of UNC Lineberger.

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UNC’s Neuro-oncology program recognizes Ependymoma Awareness Day on April 19th

UNC Cancer Care’s neuro-oncology program will recognize Ependymoma Awareness Day on April 19th, as part of the program’s overall efforts to increase public awareness of this rare tumor and the need for clinical studies to improve early diagnosis, standardize treatment and improve the health status of those living with this disease.

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Evans quoted in The News & Observer, Scientific American Blog

Evans quoted in The News & Observer, Scientific American Blog

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in recent articles in The News & Observer and the Scientific American blog.

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Clinical trial of experimental drug targeting mutation in thyroid cancer shows clinical benefit

Clinical trial of experimental drug targeting mutation in thyroid cancer shows clinical benefit

Chapel Hill - In a clinical trial of an experimental drug to treat thyroid cancer, UNC and six other institutions report the first evidence in this tumor that targeting therapy to an oncogene documented to be present in the patient receiving therapy may be associated with clinical benefit.

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Sharpless, Zanation honored as Health Care Heroes

UNC Lineberger faculty members Ned Sharpless, MD, and Adam Zanation, MD, were honored for their achievements by Triangle Business Journal as 2012 Health Care Heroes.

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Ollila, Burkhart talk about teenage tanning bed use

Ollila, Burkhart talk about teenage tanning bed use

David Ollila, MD, and Craig Burkhart, MD, spoke about teenage tanning bed use at a Child Fatality Task Force committee meeting on March 26, 2012. They discussed the option of banning teenagers below the age of 18 from tanning bed use.

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UNC Lineberger scientist receives grant for pancreatic cancer research

UNC Lineberger scientist receives grant for pancreatic cancer research

The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research, has awarded Channing Der, PhD, a $1.165 million grant to identify promising drug combinations for potential future use in clinical trials.

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Aspirin use may offer cancer prevention benefits, Baron dicusses on MedPage Today

John Baron, MD, was interviewed by Charles Bankhead of MedPage Today on March 21, 2012 to give his perspective on three recently published reviews in "The Lancet" and "The Lancet Oncology." The reviews suggest that "regular aspirin use leads to significant reductions in the risk of cancer, metastasis, and cancer mortality."

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Predictive biomarkers for lung cancer reported in laboratory finding

Predictive biomarkers for lung cancer reported in laboratory finding

A team of scientists, including several from UNC Lineberger, has identified predictive genetic biomarkers in pre-clinical models that affect response to therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The study was done in parallel to an ongoing clinical trial among lung cancer patients at multiple institutions.

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Lung cancer highlights from 2011, Weiss provides insight

Lung cancer highlights from 2011, Weiss provides insight

Jared Weiss, MD, gave a podcast titled "2011 Highlights in Lung Cancer" that was posted on cancergrace.org on March 15, 2012. In the podcast, Dr. Weiss talks about highlights in lung cancer from 2011 and also answers questions.

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Joseph Pagano: still going “80 mph”

Joseph Pagano: still going “80 mph”

Internationally renowned virologist; past president of national cancer and international virology associations; National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine member; North Carolina Award for Science winner; revered mentor to faculty, fellows, medical and graduate students; Berryhill Lecturer; proud grandfather; dedicated squash and tennis player; and recent honoree at his eightieth birthday.

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real doctors, real people - N.E.D.

real doctors, real people - N.E.D.

N.E.D. is a rock band. The members of the band are gynecologic cancer surgeons from all over the country and two of them, Dr. John Boggess and Dr. John Soper, work here at UNC Health Care.

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UNC researchers: Benefits of varenicline (Chantix) may balance certain risks

Drs. Christine E. Kistler and Adam Goldstein discuss how clinicians can better have conversations about the balance between short-term risk of adverse cardiovascular events associated with taking Chantix compared to the long-term reduction in the risk of death that results from smoking cessation.

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Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination

Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination

Enduring subtle, insidious acts of racial discrimination is enough to depress anyone, but African-American men who believe that they should respond to stress with stoicism and emotional control experience more depression symptoms, according to new findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC study identifies pockets of high cervical cancer rates in North Carolina

A study of cervical cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina has revealed areas where rates are unusually high.

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UNC research center receives contract to fight kidney cancer

UNC research center receives contract to fight kidney cancer

The Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a contract from SAIC-Frederick, Inc. to develop potential drug leads for treating renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer in adults.

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Small DNA circles found outside the chromosomes in mammalian cells and tissues, including human cells

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have helped identify a new DNA entity in mammalian cells and provided evidence that their generation leaves behind deletions in different locations of the cells’ genetic program, or genome.

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Tobacco companies, convenience stores form 'deadly alliance' to entice kids to smoke, report says

Tobacco companies have enlisted convenience stores as their most important partners in marketing tobacco products and fighting policies that reduce tobacco use, according to a report released today by leading public health organizations, including The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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Gershon receives grant to study brain tumor, develop novel therapy

Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, has received a four-year National Institutes of Health Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award grant from the National Institute of Neurologic Disease and Stroke.

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Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

CHAPEL HILL -- A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully flushed latent HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to treat certain types of lymphoma.

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Wallen named 2012 American Urological Association Teacher of the Year

This award, initiated by the AUA Residents Committee and approved by the AUA Board, is presented annually to recognize an outstanding urology educator or program director who has dedicated a portion of his/her career to teaching residents and advancing urology graduate medical education.

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Muss, Keith talk about cancer care and families

Muss, Keith talk about cancer care and families

Loretta Muss, Coordinator of the N.C. Cancer Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Board, and fellow board member, Ryan Keith, talked about cancer care & families on the February 25, 26, and 27 broadcasts of YOUR HEALTH®.

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Protein complex affects cells’ ability to move, respond to external cues

Chapel Hill, NC – In a paper published today in the journal, Cell, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has explained for the first time how a long-studied protein complex affects cell migration and how external cues affect cell’s ability to migrate.

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Testicular cancer treatment, one patient's story

UNC Lineberger patient David Alston talks about the treatment he is undergoing for testicular cancer.

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Managing the impact of drug shortages

The story "Shortages Of Life-Saving Drugs Getting Worse" aired today on WFAE 90.7, Charlotte's NPR news source.

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Men share emotional support through written messages

The story "Men find emotional support on hospital bathroom's dry erase board" aired on February 23, 2012 on WRAL.

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First Cancer Transitions Workshop a success

UNC Lineberger’s Carolina Well and the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) offered a workshop on “Cancer Transitions: Promoting Wellness & Group Process” for community outreach coordinators and their community partners as well for interested UNC nurses and staff.

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North Carolina-based genetic resources fuel big scientific progress

Chapel Hill, NC – A series of 15 scientific papers published this week in the journals of the Genetics Society of America (Genetics and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics) put North Carolina at the epicenter of a scientific resource called 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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UNC Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology rated among the very best

Training the next generation of scientists is vital to continued progress in understanding cancer and all human disease. But how do students evaluate the programs offered by colleges and universities to decide which program is the best fit for them?

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Weighing the difference: switching to water, diet beverages can tip the scales

Weighing the difference: switching to water, diet beverages can tip the scales

Making a simple substitution of water or diet soft drinks for drinks with calories can help people lose four to five pounds, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

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UNC scientists publish results from breast cancer survivors wellness workshops

Scientists from UNC Lineberger have published a report describing an outreach program they developed for breast cancer survivors in four NC counties.

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Marks talks about newest radiation treatment and what it offers

Lawrence Marks, MD, chair of UNC's department of radiation oncology and a UNC Lineberger member, is quoted in the article "TomoTherapy offers safer radiation" published in today's issue of The News & Observer.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital on “Great Oncology Program” list

Becker's Hospital Review has named the N.C Cancer Hospital as one of "70 Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs."

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Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group: Here to Help

Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group: Here to Help

Bladder cancer patients in the Triangle area are not alone. They have a monthly group where “true loving support for each other” is shared, says David Langham, a bladder cancer survivor and one of the organizers of the group.

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UNC and partners to study policies to restrict tobacco marketing at point of sale: multi-institutional $6.7 million research grant awarded

UNC and partners to study policies to restrict tobacco marketing at point of sale: multi-institutional $6.7 million research grant awarded

The way tobacco products are marketed and sold changed with the June 2009 passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. For example, this law mandates larger and stronger warning labels on packs and advertising and prohibits the sale of “light” and clove cigarettes. The FDA Act also now allows states and local communities to regulate the time, place, and manner of tobacco advertising. Thus, states could restrict tobacco promotions or restrict the location of tobacco advertising.

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UNC scientists collaborate on colon cancer therapy comparative effectiveness study

UNC scientists collaborate on colon cancer therapy comparative effectiveness study

In 2008 UNC and Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston were selected by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to carry out accelerated practical studies examining the comparative effectiveness of cancer treatments. The collaboration is called the Cancer Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Comparative Effectiveness Consortium.

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Latest in treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma, Park comments at annual ASH meeting

As part of Patient Power® coverage of the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), UNC Lineberger member Steven Park, MD, talks about the latest in treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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real doctors, real people - Paul Godley

Whether photographing a child in the streets of Vietnam or consulting with a patient about a diagnosis, Dr. Paul Godley employs his intuition and charming personality to put the person in front of him at ease within a matter of moments.

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UNC scientists collaborate to find first major genetic mutation associated with hereditary prostate cancer risk

UNC scientists collaborate to find first major genetic mutation associated with hereditary prostate cancer risk

Chapel Hill - After a 20-year quest to find a genetic driver for prostate cancer that strikes men at younger ages and runs in families, researchers have identified a rare, inherited mutation linked to a significantly higher risk of the disease.

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UNC radiation oncologists co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial on breast cancer radiotherapy and coronary artery stenosis

UNC radiation oncologists co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial on breast cancer radiotherapy and coronary artery stenosis

Timothy Zagar, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, and Lawrence Marks, MD, professor and chair of radiation oncology, co-authored an editorial in the December 27, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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UNC surgeons co-author study on breast cancer treatment decision making

UNC surgeons co-author study on breast cancer treatment decision making

Chapel Hill, NC - How much medical information does a woman understand and retain about her breast cancer diagnosis? UNC scientists participated in a four-institution study involving 440 women with early-stage breast cancer and found that breast cancer survivors had limited knowledge about their surgical options, including an understanding of something as important as the risk of recurrence.

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Haithcock talks about esophageal cancer in recent interview

Benjamin E. Haithcock, MD, an assistant professor in UNC's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and a member of UNC Lineberger, discussed esophageal cancer in an interview that was aired on the January 5, 2012 segment of the radio show "Make it Happen."

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Technology tackles dieting and exercise, Tate comments

Technology tackles dieting and exercise, Tate comments

Deborah Tate, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill, is quoted in the article "Latest gadgets give diets, workouts a high-tech boost" published in today's issue of The News & Observer.

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UNC Lineberger geriatric oncology program leaders co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial about older women and breast cancer

UNC Lineberger geriatric oncology program leaders co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial about older women and breast cancer

UNC Lineberger Geriatric Oncology program leaders Hy Muss, MD, and Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, co-authored an editorial in the December 10, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Muss is professor of medicine. Busby-Whitehead is professor of medicine, and director of the UNC School of Medicine’s Center for Aging and Health and Division of Geriatric Medicine.

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UNC GI oncologists author editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

UNC GI oncologists author editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

UNC Lineberger GI Oncology program directors Joel Tepper, MD, and Bert O’Neil, MD, co-authored an editorial in the December 10, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Tepper is the Hector McLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research. O’Neil is associate professor of medicine.

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New research study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A new study at UNC Chapel Hill will examine what complex and conjoined behavioral factors influence low income people to pursue colorectal cancer screening and what strategies could increase screening rates in disadvantaged communities.

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Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, appointed first Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor

Nancy E. Thomas, MD, PhD, was appointed the first Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor. The professorship is named in honor of Dr. Briggaman, who served as chair of the UNC Department of Dermatology from 1987-1999, and his wife, Irene.

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Hepatitis C virus hijacks liver microRNA

Mechanism explains how virus survives in the liver and how a new antiviral works

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Gonzalez-Crespo talks about his work as a Spanish interpreter and what it means to him

Gonzalez-Crespo talks about his work as a Spanish interpreter and what it means to him

Ruben Gonzalez-Crespo, a Spanish interpreter at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was highlighted in the November 2011 issue of the University Gazette in an article titled "Former singer finds new voice helping others battle cancer."

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UNC radiation oncology resident Nathan Sheets wins ASCO Merit Award

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will award 20 oncology trainees with Merit Awards at the 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. The symposium will be held February 2 - 4, 2012 in San Francisco.

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Wrapped up in making a difference

Tori Frahm has experienced just eight Christmases, but she epitomizes the true spirit of the holiday. She and her family organized collection and delivery of 750 presents for pediatric oncology patients and their siblings at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The gifts helped 125 families have a brighter holiday.

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Sing a song of hope - local caroling tradition brings cheer each year

One neighborhood in Cary has become the centerpiece of a holiday tradition that benefits UNC Lineberger.

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Editorial urges rapid clinical trials for targeted breast cancer therapies

Editorial urges rapid clinical trials for targeted breast cancer therapies

Chapel Hill, NC – In an editorial published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UNC associate professor E. Claire Dees, MD, reviews current evidence on the safety and efficacy of combination therapies currently used for metastatic breast cancer and urges clinical researchers to move forward with new studies that leverage advances in the identification of tumor biomarkers.

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Six UNC faculty recognized by prestigious international scientific society

Six University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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UNC Lineberger remembers Marci Campbell

UNC Lineberger remembers Marci Campbell

Dr. Marci Campbell, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, died December 14 after living with cancer with grace and caring for almost two years.

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UNC scientist elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Weili Lin, PhD, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Lin was cited for his outstanding contributions to the development and translation of MR functional neuroimaging.

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American Cancer Society Revises Cancer Screening Guideline Process; UNC scientists are report co-authors

ATLANTA –December 13, 2011– The American Cancer Society has revised its guideline formation process to achieve greater transparency, consistency, and rigor in creating guidance about cancer screening. The new methods align with new principles from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) by creating a single generalist group for writing the guidelines, commissioning systematic evidence reviews, and clearly articulating the benefits, limitations, and harms associated with cancer screening tests. The new process is outlined in a Special Communication in the December 14, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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The power to help, hurt and confuse: direct-to-consumer whole genome testing

The power to help, hurt and confuse: direct-to-consumer whole genome testing

CHAPEL HILL – The era of widely available next generation personal genomic testing has arrived and with it the ability to quickly and relatively affordably learn the sequence of your entire genome. This would include what is referred to as the “exome,” your complete set of protein-coding sequences.

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UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

Chapel Hill - The complete sequence of an individual’s genome – all 3 billion DNA building blocks - will soon be affordably available to doctors, patients and even consumers. While knowledge of one’s genome may have important medical benefits, tremendous questions remain regarding an avalanche of such data means and how they should be used. Many clinical, ethical and social issues arise from the evaluation, use and sharing of the data.

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Donald Rosenstein serves as president of Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Donald Rosenstein serves as president of Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Donald Rosenstein, MD, professor of psychiatry and medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, will serve a one-year term as president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Rosenstein is a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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President Obama taps Barbara Rimer to lead National Cancer Panel

President Obama taps Barbara Rimer to lead National Cancer Panel

President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, to chair the President’s Cancer Panel. The panel was established as part of the National Cancer Act, signed by President Nixon in 1971

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Cell molecule identified as central player in the formation of new blood vessels

The molecule is the protein Shc (pronounced SHIK), and new blood vessel formation, or angiogenesis, is seriously impaired without it.

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P Rex-1 protein key to melanoma metastasis

UNC scientists contribute cell studies and protein expression analysis

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Viruses and cancer focus of Damania’s talk at National Academy of Sciences annual science symposium

Viruses and cancer focus of Damania’s talk at National Academy of Sciences annual science symposium

Blossom Damania, PhD, was a speaker at the Twenty-third Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, held November 17-19, 2011 in Irvine, California. The symposium is hosted by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Gehrig named director of UNC Gynecologic Oncology

Paola Gehrig, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has been named director of UNC Gynecologic Oncology. In her new role she will oversee gynecologic oncology in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Protein associated with childhood cancer alters the structure of DNA, leading to cancer, UNC study shows

Chapel Hill - UNC scientists have demonstrated for the first time how a critical gene associated with a type of childhood cancer alters the way DNA is packaged in cells and leads to cancer. Their laboratory discovery could result in the development of a targeted therapy to treat Ewing Sarcoma, a malignant bone and soft tissue tumor of children and young adults.

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Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After a heart attack, the portions of the heart damaged by a lack of oxygen become scar tissue. Researchers have long sought ways to avoid this scarring, which can harden the walls of the heart, lessen its ability to pump blood throughout the body and eventually lead to heart failure. But new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that interrupting this process can weaken heart function even further.

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Biomedical Research Imaging Center to be fourth U.S. site for MRPET scanner

Chapel Hill, NC – UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC) will be the fourth site in the United States to obtain a leading-edge imaging system called an MRPET scanner (also known as a PET-MRI). The machine will first be installed in current BRIC building but will be moved to the new building going up adjacent to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and BRIC director Weili Lin, PhD, is already strategizing with top experts in the field to put this innovative technology to good use.

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University of North Carolina and SAS fight cancer together

UNC Lineberger and SAS developing technology that tracks patient characteristics, treatment and outcomes

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No evidence for potential competition between human papillomavirus types in men

Chapel Hill - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently recommended that teenage boys be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus.

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Dianne Shaw named Hometown Hero for November 8

WCHL named Dianne Shaw a Hometown Hero for November 8, 2011. 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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NBC Nightly News looks at latest research on aging, Sharpless comments

Ned Sharpless, MD, professor of medicine and genetics and associate director for translational research at UNC Lineberger, commented on Mayo Clinic's latest research on aging on the November 6, 2011 broadcast of the NBC Nightly News.

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Loretta Muss named Hometown Hero for November 4

WCHL named Loretta Muss a Hometown Hero for November 4, 2011. 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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Growing without cell division

Growing without cell division

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - An international team of scientists, including biologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, may have pinpointed for the first time the mechanism responsible for cell polyploidy, a state in which cells contain more than 2 paired sets of chromosomes.

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2011 Oncology Nursing Excellence and Clinical Excellence Award winners announced

Chapel Hill - The Oncology Nursing Excellence and Clinical Services Excellence Awards recognize four employees who exemplify the very best in cancer care at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Cancer Care.

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UNC scientists offer first evidence of using biologically targeted nanoparticles to boost radiation therapy effects

Chapel Hill - Making a tumor more sensitive to radiotherapy is a primary goal of combining chemo and radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer, but with the chemotherapy drugs come unwanted side effects.

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UNC scientist receives grant to identify biomarkers for breast cancer recurrence risk

UNC scientist receives grant to identify biomarkers for breast cancer recurrence risk

Chapel Hill - A UNC scientist was awarded one of seven grants presented by the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer at their seventh annual event in Charlotte, NC.

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Morning UV exposure may be less damaging to the skin

CHAPEL HILL – Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that the timing of exposure to UV rays – early in the morning or later in the afternoon – can influence the onset of skin cancer.

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UNC cancer researcher awarded top V Scholar ranking

UNC cancer researcher awarded top V Scholar ranking

The V Foundation for Cancer Research announced this week that Greg Wang, PhD, has been awarded the Martin D. Abeloff, MD, V Scholar Award. This award goes to the research project that receives the highest rating from the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Wang was tied with Hongwu Zheng, PhD, of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for this honor and is the 10th V Scholar from UNC Lineberger.

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UNC nanotech entrepreneur to speak at TEDMED annual conference

Joseph DeSimone, PhD, has been invited to join an elite list of speakers at this year’s TEDMED Conference in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 25 – 28.

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Fast Break Against Cancer raises more than $210,000 for cancer research and treatment

Coach Roy Williams’ 7th annual Fast Break Against Cancer raised more than $210,000 for cancer research and treatment at UNC Lineberger and in our community.

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Event honors Durhams, raises money to name a consultation room in their honor

Woody and Jean Durham were honored on October 13 in Chapel Hill for their volunteer service to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at a dinner called “A Toast to Woody.”

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Meet Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD - a kidney cancer doctor at UNC Lineberger

Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, thrives on discovery, whether in her lab developing a new experiment for kidney cancer or in her kitchen trying out a new food or cuisine.

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Spotlight on Terry Magnuson - his work featured on UNC's website

Spotlight on Terry Magnuson - his work featured on UNC's website

Terry Magnuson, PhD, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor, Chair of the Department of Genetics, and Vice Dean for Research at the School of Medicine, is featured in a spotlight story on UNC-Chapel Hill's website.

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Earp talks about the creation of UNC Lineberger on "Good to Great at Carolina"

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser talks with Shelley Earp, MD, director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, about the creation and development of the cancer center. This discussion is the third in a series based on the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.

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Project to improve use of cancer support services

Grant from the Centers for Disease Control focuses on younger breast cancer patients

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