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Gillings names Ribisl chair of health behavior department
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has appointed UNC Lineberger's Kurt Ribisl, PhD, as chair of its health behavior department.
Researchers find genetic precursors of leukemia in cancer patients
A study led by UNC Lineberger's Catherine Coombs, MD, revealed new risk factors for “clonal hematopoiesis,” a medical phenomenon in which genetic mutations are found in the blood cells of patients who do not have an existing blood cancer.
Researchers look to improve detection of skin cancer lacking pigment melanin
UNC Lineberger researchers led by Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, have identified key features linked to amelanotic melanoma, a form of skin cancer that lacks the brown or black color that stems from the pigment melanin.
Rosenstein elected head of national psychosocial oncology society
UNC Lineberger's Donald Rosenstein, MD, director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, was elected to lead the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.
Aggressive breast cancers may contribute to racial survival disparities
In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Melissa Troester, PhD, published results of an analysis of approximately 1,000 invasive breast tumors. The study confirmed that young black women are more likely to have “triple negative,” or “basal-like,” breast cancers, a subtype that does not express any of the receptors for targeted biologic therapies. The study also identified variation by race within a clinical breast cancer type that has the greatest mortality disparity.