The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today announced a $10 million gift commitment to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from Ken and Cheryl Williams of Burlington, N.C. The couple has designated their gift for the Ken and Cheryl Williams Fund for Venture Initiatives at UNC Lineberger, the state’s only public comprehensive cancer center.
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are working to better understand the cell-to-cell signaling that can cause precancerous polyps in the colon when signaling goes awry. In a study published in the open-access journal eLife, they describe the role of a key tumor suppressor protein called APC in helping to keep cells in the colon crypts from growing out of control.
The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center co-sponsored a speed-dating and pitch competition on June 29 to try to spark medical technology innovation. The top five teams that emerged from five-minute speed-dating sessions with pitches for new medical technologies won funding to help advance their ideas.
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