Mirlekar named recipient of Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s 2019 Young Investigator Award

November 18, 2019

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer honored Rahul Mirlekar, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate at UNC Lineberger, as a recipient of its 2019 Young Investigator Award. The society honored Mirlekar at its 34th Annual Meeting, held Nov. 6-10 in National Harbor, Maryland. The meeting was expected to attract more than 4,000 researchers, clinicians, pharmacists and … Continued

Findings could help identify which aggressive breast cancers will respond to immune treatments

November 14, 2019

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have discovered a promising method to identify aggressive breast cancer tumors that will respond to drugs that unleash the immune system against cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a treatment that combines an immunotherapy drug and chemotherapy for triple negative breast cancer, but … Continued

Feast or famine: Scientists find key bio ‘switch’ that helps cells adapt

November 5, 2019

Scientists from the UNC School of Medicine and Stanford University have uncovered what may be a fundamental biological mechanism that helps organisms adapt to rapid changes to nutrients in their environments. In a study published in Molecular Cell, the scientists found that a chemical mark on histones – a key protein involved in the function of our … Continued

Researchers use genetic insights to develop model for HPV-linked head and neck cancer

November 5, 2019

A University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led research team has used genetic insights about head and neck cancers linked to HPV, or human papillomavirus, to improve laboratory tools for studying the disease. Leveraging their discovery that different subtypes of HPV-linked oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma exist based on the expression levels of two different … Continued

L’Oréal USA names Roden recipient of 2019 For Women in Science Fellowship

November 1, 2019

L’Oréal USA announced the recipients of the 2019 For Women in Science (FWIS) Fellowship, including Christine Roden, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate at UNC Lineberger. L’Oréal USA annually awards five female postdoctoral scientists grants of $60,000 each to advance their research. This is the 16th year of the program, which to date has recognized 80 … Continued

E-cigarette flavors decrease perception of harm among youth

November 1, 2019

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found in a review of research that non-menthol flavors attract youth and adults to use e-cigarettes and the use of flavored e-cigarettes contributes to multiple pathways linked to higher e-cigarette use among youth.

Researchers identify possible approach to block medulloblastoma growth

October 23, 2019

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a potential approach to stop the growth of the most common type of brain tumor in children. UNC Lineberger’s Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD and colleagues reported in the journal Development that by blocking a signal called GSK-3, they could control tumor growth in a … Continued

NIH awards grant to Painschab to improve multicentric Castleman disease treatment in Malawi

October 21, 2019

The National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center has awarded Matthew Painschab, MD, a five-year International Research Scientist Development Award to lead research into improving treatment for multicentric Castleman disease in Malawi. Working through the University of North Carolina Project-Malawi, a collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Malawi Ministry of Health, Painschab will lead a … Continued