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The latest cancer news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

‘Moonshot to Malawi’ outlines global cancer disparities

‘Moonshot to Malawi’ outlines global cancer disparities

UNC Lineberger member Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, has called for a commitment to contribute resources and energy to control cancer in less-resourced countries where there are significant gaps in cancer awareness, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Women’s adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines varies following false-positive mammogram

Women’s adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines varies following false-positive mammogram

A study led by UNC Lineberger researchers has found that for women who have had a false-positive mammogram result, their likelihood to get screened at recommended intervals depends on the timing of their last screen. Louise Henderson, PhD, will present the findings at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Monday, April 18.

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Burridge elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Burridge elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

UNC School of Medicine professor and basic scientist Keith Burridge has conducted seminal research on the basic building blocks of cells for four decades.

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New optogenetic tool moves proteins within cells to study biological changes

New optogenetic tool moves proteins within cells to study biological changes

By using lasers, UNC School of Medicine scientists can switch off and on proteins to watch how cells react quickly to their new reality.

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UNC Nobel laureates Oliver Smithies and Aziz Sancar present medals to UNC

UNC Nobel laureates Oliver Smithies and Aziz Sancar present medals to UNC

Sancar, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, donated his prize money to a Chapel Hill foundation. Smithies donated his monetary award to four universities, including UNC.

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New mouse model to aid testing of Zika vaccine, therapeutics

New mouse model to aid testing of Zika vaccine, therapeutics

A research team including Helen Lazear, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, has established a mouse model for testing of vaccines and therapeutics to battle Zika virus.

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Microneedle patch delivers localized cancer immunotherapy to melanoma

Microneedle patch delivers localized cancer immunotherapy to melanoma

UNC / NC State researchers devise a new nanotechnology to enhance the body’s own immune response to kill skin cancer tumors.

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Study uncovers genetic differences for kidney cancer that may contribute to survival disparity in African-Americans

Study uncovers genetic differences for kidney cancer that may contribute to survival disparity in African-Americans

A UNC Lineberger-led study has identified genetic differences in tumors of African-Americans with the most common type of kidney cancer compared with whites. The researchers say the findings could help explain lower survival rates for African-Americans with clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

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UNC Hospitals’ care earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency for Five Service Lines

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina ranked UNC Hospitals’ bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee & hip replacement, spine surgery, maternity and complex & rare cancer service lines highly as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program

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Using new drug screening tool, UNC researchers identify potential treatments for Ewing sarcoma

Using new drug screening tool, UNC researchers identify potential treatments for Ewing sarcoma

In a first-of-its-kind-study, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center discovered and applied a new screening technique capable of testing thousands of potential drug compounds to see if those compounds can reverse abnormal DNA unwinding in Ewing sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer that’s most common in teens and young adults.

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Biomedical engineer Zhen Gu receives prestigious Sloan Fellowship

Biomedical engineer Zhen Gu receives prestigious Sloan Fellowship

The joint UNC/NC State researcher also earned a grant from JDRF and Sanofi to further develop glucose responsive insulin therapies for diabetes.

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UNC experts talk ‘Cancer Moonshot’ with Vice President Biden

As part of the “Cancer Moonshot” federal initiative to spur breakthroughs in cancer research, Biden hosted a roundtable discussion on Feb. 10 at the Duke University School of Medicine that featured cancer experts and leaders from UNC. Among the experts chosen for the panel were Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Niklaus Steiner, UNC professor and co-founder of the Chapel Hill-based Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, which supports adolescents and young adults with cancer.

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Low-risk prostate cancer best managed with active surveillance, according to new recommendations

Low-risk prostate cancer best managed with active surveillance, according to new recommendations

A UNC Lineberger researcher was first-author of a report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that details guidelines for the active surveillance of men with low-risk prostate cancer. The guidelines, originally authored by Cancer Care Ontario, were reviewed and endorsed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology with some revisions.

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Study finds gaps in patient knowledge of breast reconstruction surgery and complications

Study finds gaps in patient knowledge of breast reconstruction surgery and complications

In a study published in the journal Annals of Surgery, researchers report that breast cancer patients surveyed about their knowledge of breast reconstruction were only moderately informed about the procedure, and their knowledge of complications was low.

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UNC Lineberger researchers identify DNA repair enzyme as a potential brain cancer drug target

UNC Lineberger researchers identify DNA repair enzyme as a potential brain cancer drug target

In the journal Cell Reports, UNC Lineberger researchers report that when they removed Dicer from preclinical models of medulloblastoma, a common type of brain cancer in children, they found high levels of DNA damage in the cancer cells, leading to the cells’ death.

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Liquid Metal ‘Nano-Terminators’ Target Cancer Cells

Liquid Metal ‘Nano-Terminators’ Target Cancer Cells

The new cancer drug delivery system improved efficacy of standard chemotherapy for ovarian cancer in mice with limited toxicity.

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False-positive mammograms may indicate increased risk of breast cancer

False-positive mammograms may indicate increased risk of breast cancer

Findings suggest that radiologists studying mammograms observed suspicious markers that could have been indications of future cancer development.

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