The University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF) is a nation-leading investment to stimulate cancer research and reduce North Carolina’s leading cause of death. The Fund builds upon the exceptional research base at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the state’s only public, NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.

UCRF’s Goal

To create a nation-leading cancer research effort and to reduce North Carolina’s cancer burden. UCRF is accomplishing these goals through:

  • Discovery to better understand the causes and course of cancer;
  • Innovation to create new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and by stimulating
  • Delivery of improved cancer care, screening and prevention across the state.
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  • Amelio published in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology

    A new study led by UNC Lineberger’s Antonio “Tony” Amelio, PhD, and colleagues was published in the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, and featured on the cover of the July issue. Amelio is an assistant professor in the UNC Adams School of Dentistry Division of Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences. … Continued

  • Scientists publish overview of the latest in cancer vaccine target research

    University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have published a review of experimental cancer vaccines that identified areas of promise and challenges for the field. In the Nature Reviews Cancer, researchers outlined current research into targets for therapeutic cancer vaccines, an area of active investigation focused on boosting immune responses to cancer. “Generally, … Continued

  • Researchers identify traits linked to better outcomes in HPV-linked head and neck cancer

    Using a new blood test that’s in development, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers identified characteristics that could be used to personalize treatment for patients with a type of head and neck cancer linked to HPV infection. Researchers believe the findings, published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, could help identify those … Continued

  • Study provides insights behind hyperactivation of key cell proliferation signal

    The idea was simple: find the faulty signals that drive cancerous growth in cells, and block them. But what University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Pengda Liu, PhD, has discovered, when it comes to cancer, even straightforward concepts can become complicated. “When you find a target and inhibit it, you find the … Continued

  • UNC Lineberger's Chad Pecot, PhD, and Salma Azam, a graduate student in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Genetics who is working in Pecot’s lab.

    New details revealed to explain how tumors recruit blood vessels

    A study by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers helps explain how tumors recruit blood vessels that provide fuel for their growth as well as an avenue for the tumors to spread. In the journal Oncogene, the researchers also reported they built on these findings to uncover a potential treatment strategy to … Continued