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Science, surgery, and start-ups - in depth with Dr. Nancy DeMore

Science, surgery, and start-ups - in depth with Dr. Nancy DeMore

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 06, 2012 11:10 AM

UNC surgeon-scientist Dr. Nancy DeMore says, “As a physician, I’m acutely aware of how much more we need to learn about breast cancer and how urgently we need better therapies. It really gives me hope to be in the lab and to know that I’m working towards something that may make things better for patients.”

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UNC Lineberger member Kurt Ribisl co-authors study assessing online alcohol sales to minors

UNC Lineberger member Kurt Ribisl co-authors study assessing online alcohol sales to minors

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 07, 2012 10:16 AM

Kurt Ribisl, PhD, is co-author of the article “Internet Alcohol Sales to Minors” published online ahead of print in the May 2012 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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UNC Lineberger member James Evans quoted in Nature

UNC Lineberger member James Evans quoted in Nature

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 07, 2012 11:06 AM

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in an article discussing the fetal genome and the possibility of clinic procedures being introduced in the next couple of years.

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Mayer appointed to term on Cancer Survivorship Committee

Mayer appointed to term on Cancer Survivorship Committee

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 08, 2012 02:44 PM

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, associate professor in the UNC School of Nursing, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Cancer Survivorship Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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Bae-Jump receives grant to study impact of obesity on ovarian cancer

Bae-Jump receives grant to study impact of obesity on ovarian cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 11, 2012 12:12 PM

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, has received a two-year $200,000 grant from the Department of Defense, to study “Preclinical and Clinical Investigations of the Impact of Obesity on Ovarian Cancer Pathogenesis.”

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Jennifer Bowman named Hometown Hero for June 11

Jennifer Bowman named Hometown Hero for June 11

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 12, 2012 09:25 AM

WCHL named Jennifer Bowman a Hometown Hero for June 11, 2012. Each weekday the station selects a Hometown Hero who goes “over and above the call of duty,” exemplifying excellent service and dedication to others in the community.

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Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 12, 2012 09:31 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A recent clinical trial testing a combination therapy for basal-like (also known as triple-negative) breast cancer demonstrates that a combination of two drugs with promising preclinical results is not as effective as researchers had hoped.

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A Summer Final Four: Help Cornucopia House Win $25,000

A Summer Final Four: Help Cornucopia House Win $25,000

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 13, 2012 02:00 PM

Votes, not baskets, will propel Cornucopia House to the Final Four in a national competition for a $25K mobile technology grant from AtlanticBT.

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Genetic pattern predicts response, metastasis in melanoma

Genetic pattern predicts response, metastasis in melanoma

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 14, 2012 03:47 PM

A gene known to be mutated in many different cancers, but thought to be relatively unimportant in melanoma, may be a key indicator of how the disease will respond to radiation therapy and whether it will spread.

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Gene inactivation drives spread of melanoma

Gene inactivation drives spread of melanoma

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 15, 2012 12:57 PM

Chapel Hill, NC – Why do some cancers spread rapidly to other organs and others don’t metastasize? A team of UNC researchers led by Norman Sharpless, MD, have identified a key genetic switch that determines whether melanoma, a lethal skin cancer, spreads by metastasis.

Gene inactivation drives spread of melanoma - Read More…

Dr. Lisa Carey authors editorial on neoadjuvant trials for breast cancer

Dr. Lisa Carey authors editorial on neoadjuvant trials for breast cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 22, 2012 02:45 PM

Lisa Carey, MD, authored an editorial, titled “Neoadjuvant Trials of Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 Targeting: How Many Drugs Do We Need?”

Dr. Lisa Carey authors editorial on neoadjuvant trials for breast cancer - Read More…

Two UNC Lineberger faculty honored by Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Two UNC Lineberger faculty honored by Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 19, 2012 04:37 PM

Carey Anders, MD, and William Kim, MD, were awarded grants from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

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Liquidia announces product development collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline

Liquidia announces product development collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 25, 2012 03:56 PM

Newly-Formed Collaboration to Focus on Vaccines and Inhaled Therapeutics

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Transplant survivors face chronic financial stressors

Transplant survivors face chronic financial stressors

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 25, 2012 03:56 PM

Following a blood stem cell transplant, survivors can face serious economic challenges that may negatively affect their quality of life.

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Dibbert elected president of National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers

Dibbert elected president of National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 21, 2012 09:28 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – Debbie C. Dibbert, Director of External Affairs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected president of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO). She will serve a two-year term.

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Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 25, 2012 03:31 PM

A new analysis done by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has found that physical activity - either mild or intense and before or after menopause - may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits.

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 Todd Auman, PhD, appointed director of UNC Lineberger’s Tissue Procurement Facility

Todd Auman, PhD, appointed director of UNC Lineberger’s Tissue Procurement Facility

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 25, 2012 03:52 PM

Todd Auman, PhD, has been appointed director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Tissue Procurement Facility.

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New JAMA study shows stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost, UNC's Deborah Tate co-author

New JAMA study shows stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost, UNC's Deborah Tate co-author

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 27, 2012 09:54 AM

A customized weight loss program may cost less to implement – despite having similar results – than a traditional weight loss program, according to a study published in the June 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

New JAMA study shows stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost, UNC's Deborah Tate co-author - Read More…

RN: Real Nurses - Barbara Riff

RN: Real Nurses - Barbara Riff

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 27, 2012 10:15 AM

Parking difficulties inspired Barbara Riff to take motorcycle lessons with her son. Now she commutes to work via motorcycle and frequently takes motorcycle trips for fun.

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Making genomes make sense

by Mary Ruth last modified Jun 27, 2012 04:23 PM

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Sometimes, technology progresses faster than our ability to take advantage of it.

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Bruce Ham shares his story, how support group for single fathers due to cancer helps him

by Mary Ruth last modified Feb 14, 2013 03:40 PM

Bruce Ham heard about the “Support Program for Single Fathers” from a friend. “I attended the first meeting. The guys in the group were going through exactly what I was going through and they were a similar age, they had all lost their wives to cancer, they all had kids in the house, so we had a lot in common. That’s what made it appealing to me.”

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UNC Lineberger honors five clinical fellows

UNC Lineberger honors five clinical fellows

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 02, 2012 12:10 PM

UNC Lineberger honored five clinical fellows for their research accomplishments and clinical excellence.

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Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 02, 2012 02:33 PM

A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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New understanding of cell metabolism provides therapeutic target

New understanding of cell metabolism provides therapeutic target

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 06, 2012 11:09 AM

Increased fatty acid synthesis is a metabolic signature of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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Advocates join together to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer

Advocates join together to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 05, 2012 05:04 PM

When scientists and advocates join forces, good things can happen. Dr. Channing Der, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Pharmacology and UNC Lineberger faculty member, and Lori Matteson, a Raleigh pancreatic cancer survivor and advocate, joined over 600 other pancreatic cancer advocates and family members on a visit to Washington, DC.

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Stitzenberg appointed to term on NC advisory committee

Stitzenberg appointed to term on NC advisory committee

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 06, 2012 04:11 PM

Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, has been appointed to a four-year term on the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.

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Antibodies reverse Type 1 diabetes in new immunotherapy study

Antibodies reverse Type 1 diabetes in new immunotherapy study

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 06, 2012 04:16 PM

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have used injections of antibodies to rapidly reverse the onset of Type I diabetes in mice genetically bred to develop the disease. Moreover, just two injections maintained disease remission indefinitely without harming the immune system.

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Key biomarker’s new role in head and neck cancer

Key biomarker’s new role in head and neck cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 10, 2012 12:27 PM

Researchers at UNC have proposed a novel interpretation of an old biomarker which, if validated, could fundamentally transform the management of head and neck cancer.

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Strader honored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Strader honored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 11, 2012 03:44 PM

John Strader, PA-C with the hematologic malignancies program, was honored as the 2012 Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, North Carolina chapter, raising over $30,000 for the organization.

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Amos quoted in ABC News feature

Amos quoted in ABC News feature

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 13, 2012 10:55 AM

Keith Amos, MD, assistant professor of surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill, is quoted in an ABC News feature discussing a new study about partial breast removal surgery to treat cancer.

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Kenan Institute appoints Joseph DeSimone as new director

Kenan Institute appoints Joseph DeSimone as new director

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 17, 2012 09:18 AM

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has appointed Joseph M. DeSimone as its new director.

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Preclinical studies use specialized ultrasound to detect presence of cancer

Preclinical studies use specialized ultrasound to detect presence of cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 17, 2012 11:50 AM

Chapel Hill - From the air, the twists and turns of rivers can easily be seen. In the body, however, tracing the twists and turns of blood vessels is difficult, but important. Vessel “bendiness” can indicate the presence and progression of cancer.

Preclinical studies use specialized ultrasound to detect presence of cancer - Read More…

Cancer one of three UNC specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 17, 2012 03:14 PM

Overall, eleven specialties at UNC Hospitals were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue.

Cancer one of three UNC specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News - Read More…

Pox, patents and pancreatic cancer vaccines

Pox, patents and pancreatic cancer vaccines

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 18, 2012 01:32 PM

Rachel Roper, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at East Carolina’s Brody School of Medicine has been granted a patent for her discovery of a poxvirus gene that, when deleted, significantly weakens the vaccine virus while simultaneously increasing immune responses to it.

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“Corona Cares” supports patients, families dealing with cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 19, 2012 09:08 AM

RALEIGH, NC – Crown Imports announced today that the highly successful “Corona Cares” charitable donation program in North Carolina will kick off on August 1 to benefit patient and family support programs at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Over the past two years, “Corona Cares” has provided more than $210,000 for these programs.

“Corona Cares” supports patients, families dealing with cancer - Read More…

Dittmer selected to serve as chair of AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section

Dittmer selected to serve as chair of AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 20, 2012 09:28 AM

Dirk Dittmer, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, has been selected to serve as chair of the AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section, for the Center for Scientific Review, a program of the National Institutes of Health.

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Diving into the Summer Olympics, UNC Lineberger employee's special connection

Diving into the Summer Olympics, UNC Lineberger employee's special connection

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 25, 2012 10:59 AM

Ana McCrory of the Tissue Culture Facility will be making a special trip to London in July. She, her husband, Doug, their son, Lucas, and other family members are traveling to cheer on her son, Nick, who is a member of the 11-member US diving team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Study shows colon and rectal tumors constitute a single type of cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 14, 2012 02:34 PM

The Cancer Genome Atlas generates genomic data for colon and rectal cancers that point to potential targets for treatment.

Study shows colon and rectal tumors constitute a single type of cancer - Read More…

UNC graduate students awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships

by Susan Lucas last modified Jul 26, 2012 02:22 PM

Three UNC graduate students were awarded International Predoctoral Fellowships by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Onur Dagliyan, Alakananda Das, and Mira Pronobis each received a $43,000 fellowship.

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Human papillomavirus types do not replace others after large-scale vaccination

by Susan Lucas last modified Jul 30, 2012 05:08 PM

Vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV) are now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for both teenage boys and girls. The vaccine protects against the two most common types of the virus that cause cervical cancer: HPV 16 and 18. Is there a chance that the increased number of people vaccinated might result in an increase of other types of HPV that cause cancer?

Human papillomavirus types do not replace others after large-scale vaccination - Read More…

UNC team reports a novel DNA Damage-Dependent Tumor Suppressor

UNC team reports a novel DNA Damage-Dependent Tumor Suppressor

by Susan Lucas last modified Jul 31, 2012 03:38 PM

Life is full of choices, and even cells come to a fork in the road. They have to decide what to do about damage to their DNA: repair the damage, force the damaged cell to die, or allow the damage to transform the cell to a tumor cell.

UNC team reports a novel DNA Damage-Dependent Tumor Suppressor - Read More…

UNC Lineberger scientists receive grant for pulmonary inflammation research

UNC Lineberger scientists receive grant for pulmonary inflammation research

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 30, 2012 05:08 PM

Three UNC Lineberger researchers are collaborating on a project recently awarded more than $3.3 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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Evans discusses company's request for FDA approval of personalized DNA test

Evans discusses company's request for FDA approval of personalized DNA test

by Mary Ruth last modified Jul 31, 2012 04:35 PM

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in an article on NPR's website discussing a recent request by a genetic test maker for the Food and Drug Administration to approve its personalized DNA test.

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DeSimone gives podcast interview to EarthSky

by Susan Lucas last modified Aug 02, 2012 02:39 PM

Joseph DeSimone, PhD, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, gave an interview to EarthSky regarding his green inventions, his current work and the future of science.

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McCrory earns medal at Olympic games

by Susan Lucas last modified Aug 23, 2012 08:44 AM

Nick McCrory, the son of Ana and Doug McCrory, won a bronze medal in the Olympic men’s 10-meter synchronized diving competition with partner David Boudia. Nick’s mother, Ana, works in the UNC Lineberger Tissue Culture Facility.

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UNC Lineberger announces first Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award recipient

UNC Lineberger announces first Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award recipient

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 06, 2012 09:45 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – Carmina G. Valle, MPH, is the recipient of the first Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences.

UNC Lineberger announces first Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award recipient - Read More…

UNC team describes novel inflammatory protein function

UNC team describes novel inflammatory protein function

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 14, 2012 10:02 AM

A UNC-led team of scientists describes the function of a previously uncharacterized protein that dramatically influences inflammation.

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Making the case for adjuvant chemotherapy for older patients with colon cancer

Making the case for adjuvant chemotherapy for older patients with colon cancer

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 15, 2012 09:49 AM

Hy Muss, MD, and Debra Bynum, MD, co-authored an editorial in the July 20, 2012 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Making the case for adjuvant chemotherapy for older patients with colon cancer - Read More…

Kathy DeClue: a selfless gift from a younger brother

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 15, 2012 11:23 AM

A Randolph County woman with leukemia receives stem cells from her youngest brother in hopes of restoring her health and returning to work as a baker.

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B Cell survival holds key to chronic graft vs. host disease

B Cell survival holds key to chronic graft vs. host disease

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 16, 2012 11:53 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – Leukemia and lymphoma patients who receive life-saving stem cell or bone marrow transplants often experience chronic side effects that significantly decrease quality of life, can last a lifetime, and ultimately affect their long-term survival.

B Cell survival holds key to chronic graft vs. host disease - Read More…

The V Foundation selects UNC team as 2012 translational grant recipients

The V Foundation selects UNC team as 2012 translational grant recipients

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 05, 2012 03:05 PM

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research foundations, has awarded a $600,000 grant to a UNC Lineberger team.

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Study reveals new molecular target for melanoma treatment

Study reveals new molecular target for melanoma treatment

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 22, 2012 03:42 PM

Chapel Hill, NC – A laboratory study led by UNC medical oncologist Stergios Moschos, MD, demonstrates how a new targeted drug, Elesclomol, blocks oxidative phosphorylation, which appears to play essential role in melanoma that has not been well-understood.

Study reveals new molecular target for melanoma treatment - Read More…

UNC headlines American Cancer Society breakfast

UNC headlines American Cancer Society breakfast

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 28, 2012 11:29 AM

UNC Head Basketball Coach Roy Williams and UNC Lineberger physician-scientist Kim Rathmell, MD, PhD, were featured speakers at the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network breakfast, held August 24th in Research Triangle Park.

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Program offers outdoor adventures to cancer survivors, UNC faculty volunteer services

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 30, 2012 02:00 PM

Kayaking and rock climbing aren’t usual clinical activities for UNC Lineberger medical oncologist Dr. Juneko Grilley-Olson and nurse practitioner Elizabeth Sherwood, but they were during the time that each volunteered for a First Descents camp week for young adult cancer survivors.

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Carolina cracks top 10 in federal R&D expenditures

by Mary Ruth last modified Aug 28, 2012 01:52 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill rose to ninth from 16th among leading private and public research universities for the level of federal funding ($545.99 million) devoted to research and development in all fields during fiscal 2010.

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Researchers license new technology

by Ellen de Graffenreid (edegraff) last modified Sep 06, 2012 11:26 AM

GeneCentric now has two separate exclusive licenses to diagnostic technologies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The company was co-founded in 2011 by UNC Lineberger researchers Drs. Charles Perou and Neil Hayes, who discovered molecular signatures critical in distinguishing clinically relevant subtypes of lung cancer.

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Cancer gene family member functions key to cell adhesion and migration

by Susan Lucas last modified Sep 05, 2012 01:00 PM

The WTX gene is mutated in approximately 30 percent of Wilms tumors, a pediatric kidney cancer. Like many genes, WTX is part of a family. In this case, WTX has two related siblings, FAM123A and FAM123C.

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Cancer survivor Wanda Wooten shares her story

Cancer survivor Wanda Wooten shares her story

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 06, 2012 11:36 AM

Wanda Wooten talks with NBC 17 about the day she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and her treatment and offers encouragement to other women facing ovarian cancer.

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ENCODE scientists show how DNA blueprint functions

ENCODE scientists show how DNA blueprint functions

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 07, 2012 05:12 PM

UNC scientists were co-principal investigators and collaborators for projects described in the September 6, 2012 special issue of the journal Nature describing the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) Project.

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TCGA discovers potential therapeutic targets for lung squamous cell carcinoma

TCGA discovers potential therapeutic targets for lung squamous cell carcinoma

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 23, 2012 05:15 PM

Changes in DNA that are important to the initiation and progression of lung cancer also identified by NIH-supported researchers

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Whitehurst represents UNC Lineberger at SU2C telecast

Whitehurst represents UNC Lineberger at SU2C telecast

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 13, 2012 02:29 PM

Dr. Angelique Whitehurst, assistant professor of pharmacology, was awarded a 2011 Innovative Research Grant from Stand Up to Cancer, the scientific partner of the American Association of Cancer Research.

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Cell death mystery yields new suspect for cancer drug development

Cell death mystery yields new suspect for cancer drug development

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 18, 2012 02:55 PM

Chapel Hill, NC – A mysterious form of cell death, coded in proteins and enzymes, led to a discovery by UNC researchers uncovering a prime suspect for new cancer drug development.

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NPR series focuses on gene sequencing, Evans comments

NPR series focuses on gene sequencing, Evans comments

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 19, 2012 09:33 AM

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, is quoted in NPR's second story in its "$1,000 Genome" series, which aired today.

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Informatics approach helps doctors, patients make sense of genome data

Informatics approach helps doctors, patients make sense of genome data

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 20, 2012 11:14 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – The cost of sequencing the entire human genome, or exome – the regions of the genome that are translated into proteins that affect cell behavior – has decreased significantly, to the point where the cost of looking at the majority of a patient’s genomic data may be less expensive than undertaking one or two targeted genetic tests.

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Diseases of aging map to a few ‘hotspots’ on the human genome

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 20, 2012 11:23 AM

Chapel Hill, NC –Researchers have long known that individual diseases are associated with genes in specific locations of the genome.

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Carey named Division Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Physician-in-Chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 25, 2012 07:57 AM

Chapel Hill - Lisa A. Carey, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Evans talks about DNA analysis on HuffPost Live

Evans talks about DNA analysis on HuffPost Live

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 25, 2012 10:57 AM

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine, provided his perspective on a HuffPost Live broadcast that aired on September 24, 2012.

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Damania, Dittmer talk about new global oncology program

by Mary Ruth last modified Sep 28, 2012 07:33 AM

Blossom Damania, PhD, and Dirk Dittmer, PhD, both have lived all over the world, where they saw firsthand the global burden of cancer. Both are professors of microbiology and immunology in the UNC school of Medicine and members of UNC Lineberger.

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Chapel Hill, Carrboro turning pink to support UNC cancer patients and families

Chapel Hill, Carrboro turning pink to support UNC cancer patients and families

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 01, 2012 09:21 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – More than 50 Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses and community groups are turning the towns pink during the months of September and October to raise funds for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and its Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

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Dr. Hy Muss Named a 2012 Brinker Award winner for scientific distinction

Dr. Hy Muss Named a 2012 Brinker Award winner for scientific distinction

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 01, 2012 11:24 AM

DALLAS -- An American clinician-scientist and an Israeli researcher whose work has led to more personalized treatments for breast cancer are being honored as this year’s winners of the prestigious Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Brinker Awards for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science and Clinical Research, the highest awards of merit given by the world’s leading breast cancer organization.

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UNC Lineberger director named Village Pride Honoree for October 2

UNC Lineberger director named Village Pride Honoree for October 2

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 02, 2012 11:19 AM

WCHL named UNC Lineberger director Shelley Earp, MD, the Village Pride Award Honoree for October 2, 2012. Each weekday the station selects a Hometown Hero who goes “over and above the call of duty,” exemplifying excellent service and dedication to others in the community.

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Scientists find missing link between players in the epigenetic code

Scientists find missing link between players in the epigenetic code

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 03, 2012 09:01 AM

New research from UNC has established the first link between the two most fundamental epigenetic tags -- histone modification and DNA methylation -- in humans.

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UNC Lineberger announces 2011 Joseph S. Pagano Awards

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 03, 2012 11:47 AM

Chapel Hill, NC – Christophe Guilluy, PhD, Wenjin Liu, PhD and JinZhu Duan, PhD are the first, second, and third place recipients of the Joseph S. Pagano Award for a paper by a postdoctoral fellow published in 2011.

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STO receives grant for annual meeting, event to be held at UNC Lineberger

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 03, 2012 01:04 PM

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center recently awarded the Society for Translational Oncology (STO) $5,000 to be used for the organization's annual meeting. This year's meeting "Personalizing Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment 2012" will be held October 20-21 at UNC Lineberger.

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V Foundation blog features UNC researchers

V Foundation blog features UNC researchers

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 05, 2012 03:04 PM

Drs. Davis, Lieb and Rathmell, all members of UNC Lineberger, are featured in an article on V's Voice, the blog for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Wang receives grant from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Wang receives grant from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 08, 2012 01:11 PM

Andrew Wang, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, has been awarded a $50,000 one-year grant from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

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Robert Millikan, cancer researcher, gentle colleague, dies Oct. 7

Robert Millikan, cancer researcher, gentle colleague, dies Oct. 7

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 16, 2012 01:01 PM

A brilliant and beloved scientist has left us too early. Dr. Robert Millikan, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, died Sunday, October 7. He was 55.

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Valdar receives $1.4 million grant to leverage collaborative cross

Valdar receives $1.4 million grant to leverage collaborative cross

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 15, 2012 09:39 AM

William Valdar, PhD, assistant professor of genetics, has received a 5-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (part of the National Institutes of Health), to develop statistical methods and software to support the design and analysis of experiments that use the Collaborative Cross, a “library” of genetic diversity that scientists believe can help fast-track important discoveries about genetics and disease into new discoveries, tests, and treatments that impact human health.

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UNC’s Myron Cohen and Terry Magnuson elected to Institute of Medicine

UNC’s Myron Cohen and Terry Magnuson elected to Institute of Medicine

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 15, 2012 03:30 PM

Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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NCI Grant to Supplement Comparative Effectiveness Research Study of Prostate Cancer Treatment

NCI Grant to Supplement Comparative Effectiveness Research Study of Prostate Cancer Treatment

by William Shawn Davis (wishda) last modified Oct 16, 2012 03:42 PM

Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Radiation Oncology in the UNC School of Medicine and Bryce Reeve, PhD, associate professor of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded a four-year, $1,124,226 grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This grant supplements a parent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to monitor the recovery, mental well-being and quality of life of prostate cancer patients during the two years following treatment. Both researchers are members of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Close to 150 faculty and postdoctoral fellows gathered at the Kenan Center for the 37th annual UNC Lineberger Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

Close to 150 faculty and postdoctoral fellows gathered at the Kenan Center for the 37th annual UNC Lineberger Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

by William Shawn Davis (wishda) last modified Oct 17, 2012 03:34 PM

This year’s speaker was Dr. Brooke McCartney, associate professor in the department of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She completed her postdoc training in the lab of Dr. Mark Peifer.

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Ann Hartline: Living Life Large with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Ann Hartline: Living Life Large with Metastatic Breast Cancer

by Elizabeth Swaringen for UNC Health Care last modified Oct 18, 2012 10:58 AM

Asheville artist Ann Hartline was featured in Family House Diaries in July 2011. Despite new medical challenges over the past year, Ann celebrated five years of living life large with metastatic breast cancer.

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New Genome Sciences Building provides new home for cancer genomics research

New Genome Sciences Building provides new home for cancer genomics research

by William Shawn Davis last modified Oct 24, 2012 01:49 PM

Located at the center of campus, the new Genome Sciences Building will help researchers unlock the underlying mechanisms of cancer, in addition to providing space for other groundbreaking research.

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Gopal receives Fogarty International Center Award from NIH

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 24, 2012 09:11 AM

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of hematology/oncology and infectious diseases at the UNC School of Medicine, has received a five-year International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health.

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Top articles about lay health advisors authored by UNC faculty

Top articles about lay health advisors authored by UNC faculty

by Mary Ruth last modified Oct 26, 2012 10:06 AM

There are Top 20 lists for music, books and for articles written about lay health advisors, as reported by the BioMedLib “Who is Publishing in My Domain?” journal.

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