Posts Tagged ‘Lineberger Cancer Center’

The University Cancer Research Fund

March 20, 2008

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 project, called Image Analysis to Assess Melanoma Heterogeneity, is one example of how the University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF) strives to save and improve the lives of North Carolinians.

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. 


19th Annual Franklin 5K

March 6, 2008

Start of Race

The UNC chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha’s 19th annual Franklin 5K to support breast cancer research and education was Saturday March 1st.

Registration for the race, which included a commemorative navy blue T-shirt, was $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the race. Proceeds from the event benefited the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for Breast Cancer Research, the Arc of Orange County, and the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, Inc. Lauren Kelley, a senior in Zeta Tau Alpha and this year’s 5K director, hopes that proceeds from the race exceed last year’s total of more than $35,000. 

Participants met at Bynum Circle off of Cameron Avenue to check-in, get an ankle bracelet that contained chip technology to calculate runners’ times, grab a bite to eat and store their gear. Cancer survivors were provided with pink survivors bracelets to wear during the run. The race kicked off at 9 a.m. and concluded in the same place with an awards ceremony and celebration.  

To see pictures and hear the sounds of race day, click here!

***Disclosure:I am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha at UNC.***