‘Hats for Hope’ bring soft hats, warm hearts

November 24, 2015

Elizabeth Stewart started “Hats for Hope,” the Annual Charli’ Ramsey Hat Drive to honor the memory of her daughter, Charli’ Ramsey. She collects donated new and handmade hats, scarves, blankets and other items to deliver to patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

Major headlines ACS-CAN research breakfast

November 24, 2015

UNC Lineberger member Ben Major, PhD discussed his American Cancer Society grant work on genetic mutation that occurs in 30 percent of all lung cancers, explaining how his research could result in new treatment therapies.

Study finds Fitbits can be used to monitor symptoms in transplant patients

November 24, 2015

UNC Lineberger researchers say the findings of a new study published in the journal Quality of Life Research indicate that activity trackers could be a useful tool for tracking symptoms and physical function. These trackers may be especially useful for patients who are not able to self-report symptoms using questionnaires because of language barriers, literacy, cognitive or health status.

Study finds sizeable minority of physicians do not strongly endorse HPV vaccine

November 17, 2015

Researchers surveyed more than 700 pediatricians and family physicians about their recommendations for the HPV vaccine, finding that 27 percent did not strongly endorse the vaccine. The findings are significant as low uptake of HPV vaccination is contributing to a national crisis in cancer prevention, said UNC Lineberger researcher and study senior author Noel Brewer.

Hursting receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

November 10, 2015

UNC Lineberger researcher Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH is a recipient of the NCI Outstanding Investigator Award for 2015. Hursting was in the first class of recipients of the seven-year grant award, which supports investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research by providing extended funding stability and encouraging investigators to continue or embark on projects of unusual potential in cancer research.

Menopausal status may be more important than age in breast cancer screening frequency, study finds

October 28, 2015

A study published in JAMA Oncology found that pre-menopausal women who were diagnosed with breast cancer following a biennial screening mammogram were likely to have more advanced tumors than woman screened annually. UNC Lineberger researcher Louise Henderson was a co-author on the study, which was co-led by researchers at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Cox, Der lead team to $2M+ NCI U01 grant

October 28, 2015

A research team led by Drs. Adrienne D. Cox and Channing J. Der (members of the UNC Lineberger Program in Molecular Therapeutics) is one of the first recipients of an NCI U01 grant on New Approaches to Synthetic Lethality for Mutant KRas-Dependent Cancers. Their team, which also includes Drs. Ben Major at UNC, Kris Wood at Duke and Krister Wennerberg at FIMM, will pursue novel genetic screens to search for the long-elusive effective anti-KRAS cancer treatment.