C-CCNE receives grant to improve cancer treatment using nanotechnology

September 15, 2015

Tepper concurs that the new funding will allow UNC to make an impact on patient care. "Nanotechnology approaches present the opportunity to develop tools that will allow us to both diagnose patients with cancer earlier and to deliver therapy precisely to the tumor in a manner never possible with conventional approaches. The UNC CCNE grant will keep the research at UNC in the forefront of these efforts and produce improved outcomes for our patients."

In addition to nanoparticles, carbon nanotube-based X-ray technology developed at UNC by Otto Zhou, PhD, David Godschalk Distinguished Professor of Physics and Materials Science in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, and member, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a significant part of the proposed research effort and holds immense promise in the fight against cancer.

"Otto Zhou and colleagues have made exceptional strides in carbon nanotube-based X-ray technology, which shows vast potential for detecting breast cancer earlier than we ever have before and will be evaluated in clinical trials right here at Carolina." DeSimone said. "We will also continue to investigate the potential for technology developed in the Zhou lab to revolutionize treatment for brain cancer patients."

In total, this funding will help support a team of 52 faculty, postdoctoral trainees, students and staff working to find new solutions to help cancer patients in their fight against the deadly disease.

Source: University of North Carolina School of Medicine