UNC Lineberger member to collaborate to create long-acting HIV antiretroviral formulations

October 23, 2018

UNC Lineberger’s J. Victor Garcia, PhD, the Oliver Smithies Investigator, professor of medicine, and a member of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and the UNC Center for AIDS Research, is a co-investigator for a project that aims to provide long-lasting HIV treatment and/or protection from a single injection. Angela Wahl, PhD, Rahima Benhabbour, PhD, and Martina Kovarova, PhD, are collaborating to lead the work, which is funded by a $3.8-million NIH grant.

UNC Medical Center Surgical Tower Update

October 23, 2018

Information on the site preparations for the construction of UNC Medical Center Surgical Tower and how will impact on how people access the medical campus.

HPV blood test shows promise for tracking head and neck cancer after treatment

October 23, 2018

UNC Lineberger’s Bhishamjit S. Chera, MD, will present preliminary findings at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology on Tuesday from a study that evaluated a blood test for HPV-linked oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, which is a cancer of the back of the throat. The findings demonstrated the test could be an effective and less costly alternative for monitoring for cancer recurrence after radiation treatment.

Scientists zero in on ways to boost colorectal cancer screening

October 15, 2018

UNC Lineberger’s Daniel Reuland, MD, MPH, and colleagues published in JAMA Internal Medicine a review of data from 73 randomized clinical trials that tested different ways of increasing screening for colorectal cancer. Their analysis identified three approaches as being the most effective.

UNC Lineberger researchers published in mSystems

October 8, 2018

UNC Lineberger’s Dirk Dittmer, PhD, Joel Parker, PhD, Sara Selitsky, PhD, and colleagues published a new study in the journal mSystems, an open access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The study used data from The Cancer Genome Atlas project to explore whether Epstein-Barr virus is linked with additional cancer types beyond gastric cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and certain lymphomas, which have been convincingly linked to infection with the virus.

Insights about prostate cancer resistance could lead to treatment strategies

October 5, 2018

In the journal Molecular Cell, researchers led by UNC Lineberger’s G. Greg Wang, PhD, and H. Shelton Earp, MD, describe the role of a protein variant called androgen receptor variant 7 (AR-V7), which is an alternative form of the androgen receptor that plays a key role in prostate cancer development and treatment.

Metastatic breast cancer patients report high level of financial impact

October 5, 2018

A study led by UNC Lineberger’s Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, investigated the extent and severity of negative financial effects of cancer among women with breast cancer that has spread in the body. The preliminary results were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Care Symposium, held Sept. 28-29 in Phoenix.