There are two categories of awards offered this spring for the UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Award: Pilot Awards of up to $50,000 for one-year projects involving one principal investigator, and Stimulus Awards of up to $100,000 per year for one or two years for projects that enhance our scientific understanding of cancer basic mechanisms or clinical and public health practice.
Thanks to the donation of handmade scarves from community groups, UNC Lineberger’s Patient and Family Resource Center staff are helping women to counter some of the side effects of cancer treatments. In addition to receiving a beautiful scarf, the women were taught different ways to wear it.
In the journal Cancer Discovery, UNC Lineberger’s Gary Johnson, PhD, and colleagues published findings on how triple negative breast cancer cells are able to bypass treatment with trametinib, an FDA-approved kinase inhibitor. They also demonstrated in a laboratory model a potential treatment approach that could prevent the onset of resistance.
A team of researchers, including UNC Lineberger’s Norman E. Sharpless, MD, has shown that chemotherapy triggers a pro-inflammatory stress response termed cellular senescence, promoting the adverse effects of chemotherapy as well as cancer relapse and metastasis. Eliminating the senescent cells in mice prevented the side effects and relapse.