David H. Murdock Research Institute

Monday and Tuesday Events Feature NCRC Scientists

April 05, 2012


Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17, the Live and Learn Film Series and State of the Studies at the NC Research Campus are free events that provide opportunities for people to talk with scientists and learn about the research and clinical studies that are underway on campus.

(NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC- April 12, 2012)- The NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis extends an invitation for the community to attend two upcoming events that provide opportunities for people to learn more about the ongoing research at the NC Research Campus (NCRC).

Living Proof Panelists

On Monday, April 16, the NCRC is hosting a free showing of the movie Living Proof at 7 pm in the events room of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building at 150 Research Drive. Part of the quarterly Live and Learn Film Series, the movie tells the true story of Dr. Dennis Slamon, the University of California Los Angeles physician who from 1988 to 1996 developed the breast cancer treatment Herceptin (trastuzumab). The movie stars Harry Connick Jr as Slamon and is based on the book The Making of Herceptin: A Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer by Robert Bazell.

Following the movie, Xiaohe Yang, PhD, with NC Central University’s Nutrition Research Program, Andrew Swick, PhD, UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and Dr. Gary Schwartz of NorthEast Oncology Associates will be featured panelists. The panelists will answer audience questions and discuss their research and experience involving cancer.

Yang, a scientist at the NC Research Campus, researches breast cancer etiology and prevention focusing on the modulation of hormone-growth factor, apoptosis and mammary stem cell reprogramming by genetic and environmental factors. During his career, he has worked on the protein target of the her2 antibody, which is at the center of the story of the movie Living Proof. Andrew Swick, PhD, director of the NRI’s research on obesity and eating disorders, has 20 years of experience researching obesity and understands the links between diet and disease. Dr. Gary Schwartz is a physician practicing with NorthEast Oncology Associates. He is certified in oncology and hematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and specializes in the treatment of breast, colon, rectal and lung cancers as well as bleeding and clotting disorders.

State of the Studies

On Tuesday, April 17 from 2 pm to 7 pm in the atrium of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building NCRC, Duke Translational Research Institute, the MURDOCK Study and Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast are hosting the State of the Studies, an open house to showcase the clinical research at the NCRC. Visitors will be able to speak with representatives of the companies and institutions on campus. Panel discussions at 3 pm and 6 pm will feature NCRC scientists from the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory and UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute. Also participating are local physicians and nurses as well as local residents who are participating in the MURDOCK Study at the NCRC.

The showing of Living Proof and the State of the Studies are part of the series of NC Science Festival events being held in Kannapolis throughout April.


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