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Project to improve use of cancer support services

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 19, 2011 12:20 PM

Grant from the Centers for Disease Control focuses on younger breast cancer patients

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UNC researcher to help lead new esophageal cancer network

UNC researcher to help lead new esophageal cancer network

by ellen.degraffenreid last modified Oct 12, 2011 10:25 AM

Dr. Nicholas Shaheen, professor in the UNC School of Medicine, adjunct professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing, will co-direct Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet) projects.

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UNC surgeon trains future surgeons in Malawi: The Malawi Surgical Initiative

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 12, 2011 12:00 PM

Carol Shores, MD, PhD, FACS, has been interested in the link between viruses and cancer for over 20 years, after working on virus- associated cancers as a pre-doctoral fellow in the UNC Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Oropharyngeal cancers, like cervical cancer, are associated with human papilloma viruses and endemic Burkitt lymphoma, a childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, is associated with Epstein-Barr virus.

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Jin's research highlighted in endeavors magazine

Jin's research highlighted in endeavors magazine

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 07, 2011 09:59 AM

Jian Jin, PhD, an associate professor and director of medicinal chemistry in the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at UNC-Chapel Hill, is featured in endeavors magazine.

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Combination therapy beneficial for head and neck skin carcinomas, UNC study shows

Combination therapy beneficial for head and neck skin carcinomas, UNC study shows

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 12, 2011 08:54 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Patients who have high-risk non-melanoma skin carcinomas of the head and neck may benefit from concomitant radiotherapy and chemotherapy, according to a UNC-led study. Their study is the first to report on multiple patients with these skin carcinomas treated simultaneously with radio-and chemotherapy.

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Laws aren’t enough to make sure girls are vaccinated for HPV

Laws aren’t enough to make sure girls are vaccinated for HPV

by ellen.degraffenreid last modified Oct 12, 2011 10:26 AM

Noel Brewer, a professor of public health at UNC who has also studied HPV vaccine use, said the public controversy has been less harmful than the fact that many doctors simply don’t know or choose not to recommend it, or that many parents have insurance plans that don’t cover the vaccine or charge large co-pays for it.

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UNC spin-off receives $3M Small Business Innovation Research grant

UNC spin-off receives $3M Small Business Innovation Research grant

by ellen.degraffenreid last modified Oct 12, 2011 10:26 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – G-Zero Therapeutics, an RTP company started in 2008 based on technologies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded a $3 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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UNC Lineberger Scientist Channing Der’s memorable visit with Carolina for Kibera in Kenya

UNC Lineberger Scientist Channing Der’s memorable visit with Carolina for Kibera in Kenya

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 05, 2011 04:01 PM

Channing Der and his wife, Kathy, had already planned a 30th wedding anniversary trip to Kenya. After hearing Carolina alumnus and author Rye Barcott talk about his book, It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace, and describe the Carolina for Kibera program in Nairobi, Kenya, they knew they had to see the program in action.

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UNC team reports link between protein overexpression and head and neck cancer outcomes

UNC team reports link between protein overexpression and head and neck cancer outcomes

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 29, 2011 10:28 AM

Chapel Hill - A team of UNC scientists report that in laboratory studies, overexpression of a specific protein could be used as a prognostic marker and as a guide for therapeutic choices for patients with head and neck cancer. Their findings appear in the September 9, 2011 online issue of the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

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UNC researchers identify important step in sperm reprogramming

UNC researchers identify important step in sperm reprogramming

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 22, 2011 03:48 PM

CHAPEL HILL – When sperm meets egg, the chemical instructions that tag sperm cells must be erased so that human life can start anew. One way these instructions are erased is through demethylation, the removal of specific chemical tags or methyl groups that dot the underlying DNA of cells. Though scientists have known about this phenomenon for a decade, exactly how such “reprogramming” occurs has proved elusive.

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Weili Lin, PhD, appointed Dixie Lee Boney Soo Distinguished Professor in Neurological Medicine

Weili Lin, PhD, appointed Dixie Lee Boney Soo Distinguished Professor in Neurological Medicine

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 27, 2011 10:53 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Weili Lin, PhD, professor of radiology, neurology and biomedical engineering and director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, has been appointed The Dixie Lee Boney Soo Distinguished Professor in Neurological Medicine.

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UNC scientist proves potential of new nanoparticle design for cancer therapy

UNC scientist proves potential of new nanoparticle design for cancer therapy

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 27, 2011 10:50 AM

Chapel Hill - A new type of nanoparticle developed in the laboratories at the University of North Carolina has shown potential for more effective delivery of chemotherapy to treat cancer. Wenbin Lin, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy, and colleagues report their finding online in advance of print on September 14, 2011 in Angewandte Chemie, the German-based flagship chemistry journal.

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Researchers identify components that keep immune system in check

Researchers identify components that keep immune system in check

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 19, 2011 01:27 PM

CHAPEL HILL – Within the immune system, a subtle balance exists between the cells that destroy alien pathogens and those that preserve the body’s own tissues. When the balance gets out of whack, the cells that normally target viruses or bacteria can go astray, attacking innocent cells and causing autoimmune and inflammatory disease.

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Large international study discovers common genetic contributions to mental illness

Large international study discovers common genetic contributions to mental illness

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 19, 2011 10:12 AM

CHAPEL HILL – A team of over 250 researchers from more than 20 countries have discovered that common genetic variations contribute to a person’s risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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ESPN anchor Stuart Scott featured speaker at Fast Break Against Cancer

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott featured speaker at Fast Break Against Cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 20, 2011 09:22 AM

Seventh annual event benefits cancer research and treatment in our community

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NSF grants awarded for soft matter research

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 16, 2011 04:17 PM

Two recent grants from the National Science Foundation will support soft matter research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Chemist receives NIH award to support innovative research

Chemist receives NIH award to support innovative research

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 16, 2011 04:07 PM

Kevin Weeks, a chemist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received an award from the National Institutes of Health to support innovative research on creating new drugs that work by binding to RNA.

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UNC Lineberger patient Morgan Throckmorton talks with WRAL about her diagnosis, clinical trials

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 15, 2011 10:31 AM

UNC Lineberger patient Morgan Throckmorton was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 when she was 24 years old. She is now part of a UNC-led trial to test a new drug, Regorafinib.

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