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Carey Anders, Katherine Hoadley are first recipients of new brain tumor research award

Media contact: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, N.C – Carey Anders, MD and Katherine Hoadley, PhD were recently selected as the first two recipients of the new Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award.

Dr. Anders, a native of Burlington, N.C., an assistant professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was chosen for her work on the identification of the prognosis and treatment of breast cancer brain metastases. Dr. Hoadley, a native of Shepherdstown, W.V. and a research associate at UNC Lineberger, is being recognized for her contributions to a Lineberger-led analysis of glioblastomas (fast-growing malignant brain tumors).

Each received a cash prize of $2,500 to be used for professional development and will also have their names engraved on a plaque that will be displayed at UNC Lineberger.

“The quality and quantity of brain tumor research on the UNC campus is impressive, so winning this award is a great feather in the caps of both Dr. Hoadley and Dr. Anders. Despite the efforts of researchers and clinicians here at UNC and around the country, brain tumors continue to cause such difficult problems for our patients and their families. I am grateful to everyone involved in brain tumor research for their efforts,” said Matthew Ewend, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, which gives the award.

The Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award was created this year by the family of Van Weatherspoon of Charlotte, N.C., to honor him for his many years of service and commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to its brain tumor program.