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

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

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.

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UNC researchers identify important step in sperm reprogramming

UNC researchers identify important step in sperm reprogramming

A study from the UNC School of Medicine has illuminated a key step of demethylation, giving stem cell researchers critical information as they try to reprogram adult cells to mimic the curative and self-renewing properties of stem cells.

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N.E.D. to play concert at Cat's Cradle Sept. 29

N.E.D. to play concert at Cat's Cradle Sept. 29

N.E.D. is an alternative rock band. Two of its members are UNC gynecologic oncologists, Drs. John Soper and John Boggess. N.E.D., which stands for No Evidence of Disease, is on a mission to raise awareness and support for women with cancer.

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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

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.

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Family House Diaries:  Being a Good Patient, Becoming a Better Nurse

Family House Diaries: Being a Good Patient, Becoming a Better Nurse

Treatment for a benign tumor at the base of her skull helps a Sampson County native and Veteran’s Administration hospital nurse get everything else right in her head and be on alert for the unexpected blessings of life.

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Researchers identify components that keep immune system in check

Researchers identify components that keep immune system in check

This finding by UNC researchers lends insight into key cells, called Foxp3-expressing regulatory T cells or Tregs, which are currently being tested as treatments for diseases such as type I diabetes, arthritis and lupus.

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Large international study discovers common genetic contributions to mental illness

Large international study discovers common genetic contributions to mental illness

The study of more than 50,000 adults ages 18 and older provides new molecular evidence that 11 DNA regions in the human genome have strong association with these diseases, including six regions not previously observed.

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 UNC scientist to study post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery decision making

UNC scientist to study post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery decision making

Clara Lee, MD, MPP, a UNC School of Medicine physician/scientist, will use the five-year NIH grant to examine patients’ decision-making process about reconstruction and the effects of reconstruction on quality of life and body image.

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Lawrence Marks, MD, appointed Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research

Lawrence Marks, MD, appointed Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research

The professorship, established by a $500,000 gift from Wally (class of ’66) and Lil Loewenbaum of Austin, Texas, is named in honor of Mr. Loewenbaum’s grandfather, Dr. Sidney K. Simon.

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Grants fund research into improving bone marrow transplant complications, outcomes

Grants fund research into improving bone marrow transplant complications, outcomes

Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD, has received two grants that have helped establish her own laboratory to look into the causes of chronic graft-versus-host disease.

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St. Baldrick’s Foundation announces $330,000 grant to UNC-Chapel Hill

It takes life-saving research to Conquer Kids’ Cancer! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a $330,000 St. Baldrick’s Scholar award to Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, and assistant professor of neurology at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Free prostate cancer screenings offered at UNC Hospitals, Sept. 21-22

Free prostate cancer screenings offered at UNC Hospitals, Sept. 21-22

Men who are 40 years old or older, or who have a family history of prostate cancer, may make an appointment in advance by calling 919-966-1316. Walk-ins are also accepted.

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UNC study shows potential for nanotechnology-based therapy for ovarian cancer

UNC study shows potential for nanotechnology-based therapy for ovarian cancer

Scientists at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke University Medical Center conducted a preclinical study using nanoparticle technology to deliver doses of chemo- and radiotherapy that specifically targeted metastasized ovarian cancer cells.

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Causes of African-American breast cancer incidence study receives $19.3 million

Causes of African-American breast cancer incidence study receives $19.3 million

UNC scientist Robert Millikan will partner with Christine Ambrosone, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and Julie R. Palmer, of Boston University, in the most ambitious study to date of breast cancer among younger African-American women.

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National Cancer Institute-funded center to study proteins for better cancer diagnosis, treatment

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Boise State University have been named partners in one of five U.S. centers that will use genetic data to search for proteins that are abnormally made by cancer cells.

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Molecular delivery truck serves gene therapy cocktail

Molecular delivery truck serves gene therapy cocktail

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have devised a gene therapy cocktail that has the potential to treat some inherited diseases associated with “misfolded” proteins.

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UNC scientist to partner on nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer

UNC scientist to partner on nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer

Joseph DeSimone, PhD, will partner with scientists at two universities and a local biotechnology company to develop a nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer, funded by a $1 million grant from the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Charles Perou, PhD, appointed May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professorship of Molecular Oncology Research

Charles Perou, PhD, appointed May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professorship of Molecular Oncology Research

The professorship, established by a $1 million gift from Wally (class of ’66) and Lil Loewenbaum of Austin, Texas is named in honor of Mrs. Lowenbaum’s mother, May Goldman Shaw.

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UNC Cancer Care TV commercials hit the air

UNC Cancer Care TV commercials hit the air

We are excited to announce that new UNC Cancer Care TV commercials are ready to hit the air. Beginning Monday, Aug. 15, numerous networks and programs in the central North Carolina region will begin airing the new spots.

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UNC-Duke ties lead to collaborative finding about cell division and metabolism

A new finding based on multiple collaborations between UNC and Duke scientists over several years points to new avenues for investigation of cell metabolism that may provide insights into diseases ranging from neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease to certain types of cancers.

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