Funding Priority

Invest in People to Find Cures

Our battle against cancer is only as effective as the people we engage in the fight — our exceptional team of scientists and care providers who are driven by a desire to do remarkable things for the good of others. We must continue to cultivate these leaders across research, education, prevention and patient care. Our best and brightest faculty are coveted by other leading cancer centers. As a result, we must enhance strategic efforts to retain top faculty and to recruit the next generation of lifesaving scientists and clinicians.

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

    From the Outside In

    With convergence across disciplines so embedded in our culture, solutions can come from unexpected collaborations that you may not find elsewhere. For instance, brain tumor treatment options can be greatly enhanced when a neurosurgeon joins forces with a pharmaceutical scientist.

    Tumors known as glioblastomas are notoriously difficult to treat, with fewer than 10 percent of patients surviving five years. Through collaborations with Matt Ewend, M.D., who leads UNC Lineberger’s neuro-oncology group, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Shawn Hingtgen, Ph.D., knew that these patients needed a different form of treatment to fight off this particularly virulent cancer.

    Building on existing stem cell technology, Dr. Hingtgen and his team of researchers re-engineered ordinary skin cells into extraordinary cancer-hunting stem cells that, paired with an anti-cancer drug, can destroy the small cancerous tendrils that surgery often leaves behind. Through novel research and engineering, he reprograms skin cells into therapeutic agents, a first in the treatment of cancer.

    With incredible minds, unwavering focus and a diversity of perspectives, we go beyond simply making great strides for our patients, but push the boundaries of everything treatment is and can be.

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