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Research Briefs

For immediate use

Sept. 26, 2007

UNC Lineberger awarded $7.8 million to study how sunlight causes skin cancer

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have been awarded two five-year grants totaling $7.8 million from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences to study how sunlight causes skin cancer (melanoma).

Scientists will determine how genetic mutations in melanoma genes, as well as genes that suppress melanoma, contribute to cancer development. The findings could lead to the discovery of biomarkers to help treat and diagnose specific types of melanoma.

William Kaufmann, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, is principal investigator for the program project grant, and will investigate how the body prevents skin cancer. 

Dr. Marila Cordeiro-Stone, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, is principal investigator for the research project grant, and will study how the body responds to sun damage and factors that influence skin cancer development.

Note: Kaufmann may be reached at or 919) 966-8209.

Lineberger contact: Dianne Shaw, (919) 966-5905 or

School of Public Health awarded $1.5 million for Public Health Leadership Institute

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health, the service and outreach arm of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue its leadership of the national Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI).

Each year, the leadership institute provides state-of-the-art leadership development opportunities for 50 high-level public health leaders from across the nation. The program also advances national public health priorities through team projects sponsored by national public health organizations.

UNC has directed the program since 2001. The leadership institute has trained more than 800 top public health leaders since it was created in 1991.

Dr. Edward Baker, director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health and research professor of health policy and administration in the UNC School of Public Health, will direct the leadership institute. Program leadership will be shared with Carol Woltring, executive director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, Calif., and David G. Altman, Ph.D., senior vice-president of research and innovation, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.

Other partners include the Public Health Leadership Society, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of City and County Officials and the American Public Health Association.

“For decades, the UNC School of Public Health has been a major training ground for public health leaders, and we are committed to building upon that record,” said Dean Barbara K. Rimer. “The continuation of our role in directing the Public Health Leadership Institute further affirms our commitment to providing the highest quality leadership development opportunities through an extensive array of executive education and degree-granting programs.”

For more information about the PHLI, visit:

UNC PHLI contact: Stephen Orton, (919) 966-8125 or
UNC School of Public Health contact:  Ramona DuBose, (919) 966-7467 or