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UNC Lineberger researchers recognized by Thomson-Reuters as highly influential

UNC Lineberger researchers recognized by Thomson-Reuters as highly influential

Six UNC Lineberger members are among the most often-cited scientists in the world, according to the Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list.

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N.C. Medical Journal July/August issue highlights UNC Lineberger cancer research

N.C. Medical Journal July/August issue highlights UNC Lineberger cancer research

Cancer care in North Carolina is the focus of the July/August issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal (NCMJ). The issue, co-guest-edited by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members Ethan Basch, MD, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, features articles on a wide variety of issues that determine how the state’s residents receive treatment for cancer.

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Study in mice finds weight loss reduces progression of basal-like breast cancer

Obesity, epidemic in the U.S. and worldwide, is one of the important modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, especially a particularly aggressive subtype called basal-like breast cancer (BBC). Population studies have suggested that lifestyle interventions, including weight loss, could prevent a large proportion of this type of cancer; however, data on the effect of weight loss on BBC risk are limited and the mechanisms involved uncertain.

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Doctors not adequately informing patients of cancer screening pros and cons, study finds

Though cancer screening has come a long way, physicians still do not thoroughly discuss with patients the advantages and disadvantages of these procedures before decisions are made to undergo the screenings, according to a new study co-authored by a physician from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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UNC-developed tools improve accuracy of cancer DNA sequencing

The ability of researchers and physicians to use DNA sequencing to pinpoint the genetic mutations that cause cancer has led to greater understanding of the causes of the disease and development of drugs that treat tumors by targeting specific mutations. A pair of papers published by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center reveal new tools that can improve the accuracy of tumor sequencing.

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Chen chosen for ASCO Leadership Development Program

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has chosen Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, assistant professor of radiation oncology and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, as a member of the 2014-2015 ASCO Leadership Development Program.

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WRAL story highlights bladder cancer vaccine study at UNC

A story that ran on Raleigh-based CBS affiliate WRAL focuses on a new bladder cancer vaccine being studied at UNC, called Impact Therapy. The vaccine works to target cancer cells with minimal side effects.

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Shared decision making still lacking for cancer screening

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When it comes to cancer screening, doctors often do not adequately discuss the balance of pros and cons with their patients, a new study suggests.

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Indian delegation tours UNC Lineberger

A delegation from the Tata Memorial Centre cancer hospital in Mumbai, India visited the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center as part of a U.S. tour visiting comprehensive cancer centers. The visit, sponsored through the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Liaison for International Partnerships, was intended to share knowledge about how American universities and hospitals operate a comprehensive cancer center.

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BB&T “Comfort Cart” comes with care

Close to a dozen BB&T employees recently gave their morning to volunteer at the Patient and Family Resource Center (PFRC) at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. They came to deliver the BB&T “Comfort Cart,” a rolling cart filled with snacks to comfort and sustain cancer patients and their families while they are at the cancer hospital. They brought enough granola bars, nutrition shakes and other non-perishable snacks to keep the cart stocked for months. They also brought the gifts of housekeeping and organization.

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UNC/Rex team up for 2014 Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure

UNC/Rex team up for 2014 Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure

The UNC/Rex team joined thousands of cancer survivors and supporters on Saturday, June 14th for the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure at Meredith College in Raleigh.

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Vanderwalde awarded Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award

Noam Vanderwalde, MD, a radiation oncology resident at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, was awarded a 2014 Young Investigator Award by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

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UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

The discovery, from the lab of Brian Strahl, PhD, offers insights for the creation of better, more targeted therapies for various forms of cancer.

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Most Breast Cancer Patients May Not Be Getting Enough Exercise

Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed.

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Wheeler and Reeder-Hayes research shows African-American women and those insured by Medicaid less likely to receive endocrine therapy to prevent breast cancer recurrence

New research by Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD; Katie Reeder-Hayes, MD; and Anne Marie Meyer, PhD, reveals that breast cancer patients insured by Medicaid and African-American breast cancer patients are less likely to receive life-saving endocrine therapy (ET) to prevent cancer recurrence.

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UNC Lineberger members present at 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting

More than 25 members and affiliated physicians of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will present their work to the attendees at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, being held May 30 through June 3. The annual meeting brings together more than 25,000 oncology professionals to present research and discuss new treatment options.

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Toxins in the Environment Might Make You Older Than Your Years

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? Part of the explanation, according to research published today in Cell Press journal "Trends in Molecular Medicine," is differences from one person to the next in exposure to harmful substances in the environment, chemicals such as benzene, cigarette smoke, and even stress.

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2013-2014 University Cancer Research Fund Annual Report now available

The UCRF, a $42 million, state-appropriated fund established in 2007, continues to have a significant impact on cancer research in North Carolina.

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Marie’s ‘Hike For a Cure’ brings in over $5,000 for bone cancer research at UNC Lineberger

Virginia resident Marie Clem loves to hike. She began the activity as a way to improve her physical and mental health, and it has turned into so much more. On April 26, Marie, alongside family and friends, hiked for a different reason: to fight bone cancer.

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Runner's World article features UNC research on benefits of exercise for breast cancer survivors

An article on the benefits of exercise for breast cancer survivors recently published on the Runner's World website is based off of research published by UNC Lineberger member and Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, Claudio Battaglini, PhD.

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UNC Lineberger to offer sequencing expertise to NCI clinical trials networks

Personalized medicine holds great promise for delivering targeted treatments to patients based on their unique genetic characteristics. Through a $3.5 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will provide high-throughput RNA and DNA sequencing and regulatory assistance to partner institutions in the NCI’s new National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN).

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UNC Lineberger teams help make Pancreatic Cancer Purple Stride 5K a success

The 2014 Pancreatic Cancer Purple Stride 5K was a huge success with over $200,000 raised to support pancreatic cancer awareness and research. The event, held Saturday, May 17 on NC State's Centennial Campus, was organized by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. UNC Lineberger’s very own - TEAM UNC and the Der Lab Team - were the top two Purple Stride fundraising teams.

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UNC Lineberger announces recipient of the 2014 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award

UNC Lineberger announces recipient of the 2014 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award

Leanne Kaye, MPH, of the UNC Department of Nutrition has been named the 2014 recipient of the Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences.

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Join the UNC/Rex team for 2014 Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure!

The 2014 Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure is scheduled for Saturday, June 14th on the campus of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

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Dusetzina receives American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has awarded a $480,000, two-year Research Scholar Grant to Stacie B. Dusetzina, PhD, assistant professor at the UNC School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, to support research on the impact of parity legislation on the use and costs of oral cancer medications.

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UNC Lineberger announces winning posters from 9th Annual Scientific Retreat

UNC Lineberger members gathered for the 9th annual UNC Lineberger Scientific Retreat on May 14 at the Carolina Club. The retreat featured lectures from Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, a State of the LCCC address from UNC Lineberger Director Norman Sharpless and lectures from eight UNC Lineberger members.

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Deborah Mayer to be UNC Lineberger Director of Cancer Survivorship

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

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

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

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Board of Visitors member, Francine Netter Roberson, publishes book

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

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Jackson Laboratory CEO headlines 9th Annual UNC Lineberger Scientific Retreat

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

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Commemorative tile honors Clara Alston, RN

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

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

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

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Stepping up to raise funds, awareness for bladder cancer

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

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

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

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Major named American Cancer Society Research Scholar

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

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New leadership for UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors

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

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UNC Lineberger teams with Duke, WUSTL to speed drug development

UNC Lineberger teams with Duke, WUSTL to speed drug development

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

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Two UNC Lineberger members named Kimmel Scholars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UNC researchers develop insights into protein linked to cell movement

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

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Mayer Receives Funds to Implement Survivorship Care Plans

Mayer Receives Funds to Implement Survivorship Care Plans

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

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Andrew Tucker: Building a Better Image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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