2017

ASPPH honors Wheeler with Early Career Public Health Research Award
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, recognized for her research into cancer outcomes, with particular emphasis upon understanding and reducing health disparities.
Wood to co-chair working committee of international blood and marrow transplant registry
William Wood, MD, MPH, UNC Lineberger member and associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine, has been named co-chair of the Health Services and International Studies Working Committee of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.
Chen selected for Prostate Cancer Task Force
Ronald C. Chen, MD, MPH, UNC Lineberger member and associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine, was selected to represent NRG Oncology on the Prostate Cancer Task Force, a sub-committee supporting the NCI Genitourinary Cancers Steering Committee (GUSC).
Department of Defense grant helps researchers investigate prostate cancer’s financial burden
Jeannette Bensen, PhD, and her colleagues will study whether there are differences in the financial impact of prostate cancer between African American and Caucasian men. They also will evaluate the influence this may have on the quality of life of both the survivor and their caregiver.
Pecot awarded $400,000 Free to Breathe grant
Funding will support research to evaluate whether targeting inflammatory monocytes through the use of CCR2 inhibitors will blunt or prevent metastasis in squamous cell lung cancer.
Basch leads study published in JAMA Oncology
JAMA Oncology paper examined whether patients were willing to report their symptoms in multi-center clinical trials.
Der, Cox awarded $10,000 for colon cancer research
UNC Lineberger members Channing Der, PhD, the Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Adrienne Cox, PhD, associate professor in radiation oncology and pharmacology, were awarded $10,000 by the Blue Ribbon Run, a Wilmington-based fundraiser for colorectal cancer research.
UNC-led study finds safer, less-invasive method of staging endometrial cancer
Using dye to map cancer metastases, UNC led a large-scale study to help patients avoid complications from surgery. UNC Lineberger members Anastasia Ivanova, PhD, and John Boggess, MD, were co-authors.
Researchers recognized at Society for Gynecologic Oncology meeting
UNC Lineberger researchers played a prominent role in the society's 2017 Annual Meeting for Women's Cancer.
Researchers study national documentary’s influence on beliefs, intentions, and policy support regarding obesity prevention
A interdisciplinary team of researchers, including Seth Noar, PhD, and Alice Ammerman, DrPH, investigated the impact a national campaign that combines media with community-based discussions can have on influencing beliefs, intentions, and policy support regarding obesity prevention.
Wang presents to advisory board of disarmament group
Andrew Wang, MD, a UNC Lineberger member and associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology, recently spoke about nanomedicine at a scientific advisory board meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Smith published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jennifer Smith, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member and professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was senior author of a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that compared two cervical cancer treatments for HIV-positive women in South Africa.
Ramsden, Gupta labs publish in Molecular Cell
Two UNC Lineberger groups, including David Wyatt in the Ramsden lab and Wanjuan Feng in the Gupta lab, worked together to describe how a new DNA repair pathway functions, and explain why many breast cancers become addicted to using it.
Der, Papke published in Science
UNC Lineberger member Channing Der, PhD, and postdoctoral researcher Bjoern Papke, PhD, published a review in Science about promising developments in the effort to develop treatments for cancers driven by RAS mutations, which have doggedly evaded scientists' best offensive efforts.
Miller, collaborators publish in Neuro-Oncology
C. Ryan Miller, MD, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and an associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was senior author of a study published in Neuro-Oncology that examined how tumor-initiating mutations relate to molecular subtypes as gliomas progress from low-to-high-grade disease.
Valle awarded NCI grant to help young adult cancer survivors become more physically active
UNC Lineberger member Carmina Valle, PhD, research assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
Garcia lab identifies new HIV reservoir
Findings from the study led by UNC Lineberger member J. Victor Garcia, PhD, and postdoctoral researcher Jenna Honeycutt, PhD, reveal a second target for cure research.
Crona, Milowsky published in the Oncologist
UNC Lineberger members Daniel J. Crona, PharmD, PhD, and Matthew Milowsky, MD, published a paper in the Oncologist that provided a systematic review of clinical trials and other studies focused on hydration regimens to identify strategies to prevent nephrotoxicity in cancer patients treated with cisplatin.
Researchers led by Ting find molecular trigger for brain inflammation
Researchers led by UNC Lineberger member Jenny Ting, PhD, have made new discoveries that could lead to new drug targets for treating multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Their findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
Battaglini awarded Lifetime Distinguished Leadership Award in Sports and Health
Claudio Battaglini, PhD, was honored by the Harvard Global Health Catalyst Summit organizing committee for his outstanding leadership in his integrative Exercise Oncology Laboratory and the Get REAL & HEEL Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program.
Williams led study published in Tobacco Control
A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Rebecca S. Williams, PhD, MHS, principal investigator of the Internet Tobacco Vendors Study, investigated changes in the online e-cigarette industry between 2013 and 2014, prior to federal regulation. Researchers found that there were more than 3,000 internet e-cigarette vendors in 2014, representing a more than three-fold increase compared with the prior year. Published in the journal Tobacco Control, the study also found that use of rigorous age verification among these vendors was rare, with most relying on strategies that cannot verify age - such as using a checkbox indicating that the user is of legal age.
Mazur, Marks lead study published in Practical Radiation Oncology
Lukasz M. Mazur, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology, was first author, and Lawrence B. Marks, MD, UNC Lineberger member, chair of the UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology and the Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professorship of Oncology Research, was senior author of a study published in the journal Practical Radiation Oncology.
Vaseva receives Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award
Angelina Vaseva, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of UNC Lineberger's Channing Der, PhD, was recognized with an AACR 2017 Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award.
Bryant awarded ONS Victoria Mock New Investigator Award
UNC Lineberger's Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Nursing, was awarded the Oncology Nursing Society's Victoria Mock New Investigator Award.
Blake awarded predoctoral fellowship
Devon Blake, a graduate student in the laboratory of UNC Lineberger's Channing Der, PhD, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship.
Dusetzina published in JAMA Internal Medicine
A study led by UNC Lineberger member Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, and published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that a lack of transparency in drug pricing leads to a system in which there is a range of prices for the same medication, and that rebates are at the heart of price disparities.
Mitchell receives Young Investigator Award
Aaron Mitchell, MD, a fellow in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology & Oncology, was awarded a Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Conquer Cancer Foundation. The award is a research grant that supports promising investigators, and encourages quality research in clinical oncology by providing funding during a physician’s pivotal career transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment.
Zhang awarded grant by Mary Kay Foundation
UNC Lineberger member Qing Zhang, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation to study a possible new therapeutic target in basal-like breast cancer.
Garcia delivered inaugural diversity lecture at international meeting of microbiologists
UNC Lineberger member J. Victor Garcia, PhD, a professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology at the UNC School of Medicine, presented the Honorary Diversity Lecture at the 2017 American Society for Microbiology Microbe annual meeting, which was held June 1-5 in New Orleans.
Noar honored with J. Mayhew Derryberry Award
Seth M. Noar, PhD, has been recognized by the American Public Health Association for his contributions to health education research and theory.
Park awarded grant from National Institutes of Health
Eliza "Leeza" Park, MD, has received a nearly $900,000, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for development of psychosocial interventions to improve outcomes for parents with advanced cancer.
Kim senior authors study in JCO Precision Oncology
William Y. Kim, MD, has published a study in JCO Precision Oncology that uncovered possible treatment approaches for urachal adenocarcinoma, a rare bladder cancer.
UNC Lineberger researchers present at CDC National Conference
UNC Lineberger researchers Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, Justin Trogdon, PhD, and others will present new research and health intervention strategies at the 2017 CDC National Conference, held Aug. 14-16 in Atlanta.
Angwenyi elected to the Cancer Patient Education Network Board of Directors
Yvonne Angwenyi, MSPH, RN, patient education coordinator at UNC Lineberger's Patient and Family Resource Center, will serve as a member-at-large for the prestigious organization.
Vaziri published in The Journal of Cell Biology
UNC Lineberger researchers led by Cyrus Vaziri, PhD, have made a new discovery to help explain how cancer cells overcome natural barriers to tumor progression, and tolerate stresses associated with tumor growth. In a study published in The Journal of Cell Biology, the researchers report on the role of the DNA repair protein RAD18, and associated signaling molecules, in allowing cells to tolerate oncogenic DNA replication stress.
Duke-UNC Immunotherapy Training Program selects first class of fellows
The new program will provide postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to train for two years with 23 faculty mentors at UNC Lineberger and Duke.
Nyrop, Muss published in The Oncologist
Kirsten Nyrop, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, and Hyman B. Muss, director of the UNC Lineberger Geriatric Oncology program and the Mary Jones Hudson Distinguished Professor in Geriatric Oncology at the UNC School of Medicine, led a study of a home-based walking program to reduce side effects in certain breast cancer survivors.
Basch awarded John Ware and Alvin Tarlov Career Achievement Prize in Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures
The prize recognizes those who have made significant contributions to patient-reported outcomes throughout their careers.
Henderson receives NCI awards for lung, breast screening research
UNC Lineberger's Louise Henderson, PhD, an associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiology, received two awards from the National Cancer Institute to study breast and lung cancer screening.
NIH awards Pecot five-year, $2 million grant
UNC Lineberger member Chad Pecot, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, was awarded an RO1 grant to support research into the roles of the immune tumor microenvironment in lung squamous metastasis.
Mayer discusses precision medicine clinical trials at national nursing summit
Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, director of cancer survivorship at UNC Lineberger, was a panelist at the Oncology Nursing Society Policy Summit on Approaches to Patient-Centered Care at the National Press Club in Washington on Oct. 17.
Burridge elected fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology
Keith Burridge, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member and professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, was recognized for his efforts to advance cell biology and its applications.
Bowers wins TOS-Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Challenge Award
Laura Bowers, PhD, MPH, a postdoc in the lab of Stephen Hursting, PhD, won the inaugural TOS-Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Challenge Award, sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Lineberger members co-author TCGA Network study of adult soft tissue sarcoma
UNC Lineberger members from a range of departments in the UNC School of Medicine were co-authors of a paper published in the journal Cell on Nov. 2. For the study, by The Cancer Genome Atlas Network, researchers characterized molecular alterations in 206 adult soft tissue sarcomas. They studied six major types of sarcoma, and found a wide range of oncogenic drivers.
Campbell receives Liebscher Distinguished Professorship
UNC Lineberger's Sharon Campbell, PhD, MS, has been appointed the Gary F. Liebscher Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, effective Nov. 1.