Recent News

By forming clots in tumors, immune cells aid lung cancer's spread
Researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Chad Pecot, MD, report In the journal Nature Communications that for a particular subset of lung cancer tumors, there is a high prevalence of immune cells called inflammatory monocytes. These cells, which normally help to build clotting scaffolds to promote wound healing, also make it possible for tumor cells to migrate and spread to other parts of the body.
Commentary: Current evidence does not support call for more frequent colorectal cancer screening
In an editorial published in JAMA, UNC Lineberger's Hanna Sanoff, MD, MPH, evaluated two studies that investigated whether higher-intensity testing for non-metastatic colorectal cancer is more effective.
Symposium showcases career options for scientists-in-training
UNC Lineberger's second annual Integrated Training in Cancer Model Systems Director’s Career Symposium introduces scientists-in-training to a variety of career paths.
Bladder cancer model could pave the way for better drug efficacy studies
In the journal Cancer Research, UNC Lineberger’s William Y. Kim, MD, Benjamin G. Vincent, MD, and colleagues reported they have developed a mouse model of luminal bladder cancer, one of the two subtypes of advanced bladder cancer. The researchers said this model may help them to determine which patients may respond to immunotherapy treatments called checkpoint inhibitors.
Roth, Johnson awarded $28 million for Illuminating Druggable Genome NIH grants
The grants are part of the NIH program focused on experimental and informatics approaches to characterize understudied proteins from three gene families: ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), and protein kinases.
Knowledge of e-cigarette health risk doesn't deter teen use, survey shows
UNC Lineberger's Seth Noar, PhD, and colleagues found that the majority of teenagers they surveyed knew about many of the health risks of e-cigarettes, but it had no influence on whether they had used e-cigarettes. However, they determined beliefs about addiction were a key discriminating factor among those who had and had not used e-cigarettes.
Damania earns Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring
UNC Lineberger's Blossom Damania, PhD, vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine, was honored with the award at the UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral hooding ceremony May 12.