UNC’s Running RAScals at PurpleStride 5K

The Running RAScals (aka the Der Lab at UNC Lineberger & Friends) participated in this year’s PanCAN #PurpleStride run on Saturday.  This 5k run raises money to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  The team, organized by Kirsten Bryant, raised $12,998 to support Pancreatic Cancer Research, coming in Second in overall fundraising!

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

The Der Lab has gone purple for the entire month of November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month!  Every day they wear purple they are raising money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Yesterday, November 17, was World Pancreatic Cancer Day and the lab spent the day showing their support for Pancreatic Cancer Research all day.  See … Continue reading World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Photos from Purple Stride 2016

PurpleStride is the signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Each year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in more than fifty-six PurpleStride events, including PurpleStride Raleigh-Durham. These events are critical in raising awareness and funds that advance research and support patients and loved ones with a promise of … Continue reading Photos from Purple Stride 2016

Purple is the New Black

Dr. Channing Der and the rest of the lab were featured in an article on the Carolina Scientific blog.  The article highlights the science the lab is developing as well as the motivation behind the work for many members of the lab.  To see the full article visit the Carolina Scientific website here: http://www.carolinascientific.org/blog/2016/3/6/karriuinq0hkifsfj50nznalaiqxup The Carolina … Continue reading Purple is the New Black

Meagan Ryan Awarded AACR-Woman in Cancer Research Scholar Award

Meagan Ryan, graduate student in the Der and Cox Labs and CCBTP trainee, has been selected to receive a Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Scholar Award.  These awards are given annually to WICR members who are scientists-in-training and presenters of meritorious scientific papers at the AACR Annual Meeting.  Meagan will present her poster on "Inhibition … Continue reading Meagan Ryan Awarded AACR-Woman in Cancer Research Scholar Award

Promising direction for the treatment of pancreatic cancers driven by KRAS mutation

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have found a promising strategy that may limit the growth of pancreatic cancers in patients with a mutation in a gene called KRAS. More than 95 percent of pancreatic cancers have KRAS mutations, and there's strong evidence that blocking the gene's function could be a very … Continue reading Promising direction for the treatment of pancreatic cancers driven by KRAS mutation

Cox and Der lead team to $2M+ NCI U01 grant

A research team led by Drs. Adrienne D. Cox and Channing J. Der (members of the UNC Lineberger Program in Molecular Therapeutics) is one of the first recipients of an NCI U01 grant on New Approaches to Synthetic Lethality for Mutant KRas-Dependent Cancers. Their team, which also includes Drs. Ben Major at UNC, Kris Wood … Continue reading Cox and Der lead team to $2M+ NCI U01 grant

New Grants awarded in the Der Lab

Channing Der awarded NCI grant to pursue drug discovery Channing J. Der, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the UNC School of Medicine, was awarded a five-year NIH R01 grant entitled "Biological Activity of RAS Oncogenes". This grant will support his studies to pursue drug discovery for … Continue reading New Grants awarded in the Der Lab

Leanna Gentry defends phd thesis

On September 3rd Leanna Gentry, from the Department of Pharmacology, defended her thesis entitled “Targeting the Ras-Ral effector pathway for cancer treatment."  Leanna is the 23rd graduating member of the Der Lab, and will continue her scientific pursuits as she begins work at CATO Research.  After the defense the Lab members treated Leanna to a fabulous … Continue reading Leanna Gentry defends phd thesis

2015 Ras Beach Retreat

Members of the Der, Cox and Campbell labs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and members of the Wood, Onaitis, and Counter labs at Duke University, the Kashatus Lab at University of Virginia, and the Lim Lab at Washington University St. Louis came together at Emerald Isle for their annual scientific retreat July 26-29. Monday, July 27 9:00-9:20        Minu Ramanan (Campbell lab) … Continue reading 2015 Ras Beach Retreat