Four members of the UNC Health Care staff have been awarded the 2015 UNC Oncology Excellence Awards. The award recipients in the nursing category are Kathryn Broach, RN, BSN, OCN and Anna Kate Owens, MSN, RN, FNP-BC. Winners inthe service category are Lesley Michael Hoyle, BS, CMD, RTT and Cindy Rogers, JD. Combined, these professionals have dedicated more than 30 years of service in oncology at UNC. Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 4-5 p.m., in the N.C. Cancer Hospital Main Lobby.
Channing J. Der, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the UNC School of Medicine, was awarded a five-year NIH R01 grant entitled “Biological Activity of RAS Oncogenes”. This grant will support his studies to pursue drug discovery for novel was to target “undruggable” KRAS by targeting instead the MYC oncogene. This project includes collaborators from the Lineberger, including Drs. Chad Pecot, Adrienne Cox and Lee Graves.
The five-year 2015 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant was awarded to Kirsten Bryant, PhD, a posdoctoral fellow at UNC Lineberger, for her project titled “Exploring pancreatic cancer cell metabolism for therapeutic gain.”
Drs. Aaron Hobbs and Angelina Vaseva, both postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of Dr. Channing J. Der, have been awarded three-year fellowship awards. Dr. Hobbs has been awarded a three-year NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award and Dr. Vaseva has been awarded a three-year American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship.
A special edition of the American Society of Radiation Oncology journal Practical Radiation Oncology features a series of articles published by UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology faculty on strategies for maximizing patient safety and quality in the practice of radiation oncology.
Tar Heel basketball Coach Roy Williams’ 2015 “Fast Break Against Cancer” breakfast fundraiser featured Brigham Young University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dave Rose – also a pancreatic cancer survivor – as its keynote speaker. Now in it’s 11th year, Fast Break Against Cancer has surpassed the $2 million mark for cancer research and treatment at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers helped lead an effort by The Cancer Genome Atlas Network of researchers to map the genetic drivers of invasive lobular carcinoma, the second most commonly diagnosed invasive form of breast cancer. They found that this cancer type may be at least three different diseases that differ in their microenvironmental features and outcomes.