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Construction update for UNC Hospitals

March 27, 2008

The expected date construction will be completed on the UNC Cancer Hospitals Physicians Office building is late April, according to Felicity Little assistant project manager for Martin Architectural, a subcontractor on the job. Drywall on the first floor of the Cancer Hospital itself began two weeks ago and all work is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2009.  

Little said that this project will make the UNC Hospitals one of the premier cancer hospitals in the southeast.

The physicians office building is five-stories high and will supply additional space for the support staff. The Cancer Hospital will include a treatment facility, using both traditional and state of the art technology. This research facility will allow local physicians to combine their knowledge and develop novel cancer resources. Hospital admistinstrators hope that this new facility will unite this state and it’s cancer research efforts.

SKANSKA is the general contractor for the project, while local subcontractors on the job include Martin Architectural, Precision Walls, Engineering Specialties, LLVann and Bonitz. One of SKANSKA’s main goals is to make sure that the hospital satisfies green building requirements.

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.