The has announced a $1.3 million grant from the for cancer research and treatment at its .
Most of the grant — $1 million — will endow the John William Pope Distinguished Professorship in Cancer Research. Thomas Shea, director of the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program and UNC Lineberger associate director of clinical outreach, will be the first recipient of the professorship. Shea, one of the physicians who treated the late John William Pope for cancer in 2006, is considered an international leader in the care of patients with hematologic malignancies. The rest of the grant funds will be used to launch the John William Pope Clinical Fellows Awards Program, which will support annual awards to three outstanding clinical postgraduate students.
"An endowed professorship is one of the highest academic honors that a university can provide its faculty, allowing them to propel their research, ignite collaborations and support mentorship," said UNC chancellor Carol L. Folt. "We are extremely grateful to the John William Pope Foundation for allowing us to honor to our distinguished faculty."