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UNC Professor’s 2016 Study Among AACR Journals’ Most Cited

A study by Dr. Stephen Hursting, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been recognized as one of the most-cited papers of 2016 in all American Association for Cancer Research journals.

The study, “Obesity-associated Alterations in Inflammation, Epigenetics and Mammary Tumor Growth Persist in Formerly Obese Mice,” was published in the May 2016 issue of Cancer Prevention Research.

Dr. Hursting, who also is affiliated with the UNC Nutrition Research Institute and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, studies the mechanisms underlying the link between obesity and cancer and the impact of diet, exercise, medicines and other interventions on reversing the pro-cancer effects of obesity.

[Photo: Dr. Stephen Hursting]

An alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill in nutritional epidemiology (Master of Public Health) and nutritional biochemistry (Doctor of Philosophy), he was on the faculty of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from 1995 to 1999 and from 2005 to 2014, when he joined the Gillings School faculty. From 1999 to 2005, he served as deputy director of the Office of Preventive Oncology in the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Prevention and as chief of NCI’s Nutrition and Molecular Carcinogenesis Section.

“I cannot imagine working on a more relevant and challenging topic than nutrition and cancer,” Dr. Hursting said. “I am excited about the emerging opportunities to better integrate what we know about cancer metabolism and nutritional biochemistry to develop new, personalized approaches to prevent and treat cancer.”

“Dr. Hursting’s research establishing causal links between obesity and cancer is internationally recognized,” said Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and chair of nutrition in the Gillings School and of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine. “We are pleased that he is able to add this recognition from the American Association for Cancer Research to his many accomplishments – and feel so fortunate that he is part of our excellent nutrition faculty here at the Gillings School.”

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