On March 13, 2008, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announced its partnership with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and other researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill to use image analysis techniques to help doctors fight against melanoma.
The UCRF was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in July 2007 for cancer research at UNC Hospitals and/or UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2007 the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center received $25 million. In 2008 they will receive $40 million and in 2009 they will be given $50 million.
“We are honored that the state gave us this money and we want to be very smart about how we spend it,” said Dianne Shaw, Director of Communications for UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. “We have held listening sessions in different geographical regions of the state to find out what North Carolinians want. We keep their opinions in mind when deciding how to allocate funds.”
By giving $190,000 from the UCRF to research and develop treatment for skin cancers, North Carolinian’s voices have been heard. The money from this research will go towards evaluating more than 1,300 cancer patients worldwide, including 214 from North Carolina. The analysis from the cells of these patients will lead to models of melanoma cell descriptions, which will help with tumor classifications.
I invite you to comment on this site with your thoughts on how the research money from UCRF should be used.
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