UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is a cancer research and treatment center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States,[1] its clinical base is the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, part of UNC Health Care.


UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 1975 with Joseph S. Pagano, Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, as its founding Director. It was named after the Lineberger family of Belmont, North Carolina whose Lineberger Foundation provided the core funding for the Center's first dedicated research building, which was completed in 1984.[2] The Center's clinical base, North Carolina Cancer Hospital, was completed in 2009. In the summer of 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly established the University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF) to support cancer research at UNC Lineberger and the North Carolina Cancer Hospital with annual funding of $50 million.[3]

Members and research[edit]

UNC Lineberger's members come from over 40 departments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center has nine formal scientific programs: Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Therapeutics, Virology, Cancer Genetics, Clinical Research, Cancer Prevention and Control, and Cancer Epidemiology. In 2006, its members held over $170 million in annual research and training grants, including $48 million in NCI funding.[4]


  1. ^ National Cancer Institute. Cancer Centers List
  2. ^ Ellen de Graffenreid (February 2011). The Lineberger Name. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  3. ^ WITN (August 16, 2007). "Lawmakers Commit $50 Million To Build Leading Cancer Center"
  4. ^ National Cancer Institute. "Cancer Center Profile: University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center". NCI Cancer Bulletin, June 20, 2006 , Volume 3, Number 25

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