In 2005, Columbus Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center joined with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center to establish the Pediatric Oncology Program (POP). The seventh research program of the OSUCCC, the POP will broaden the research of childhood cancer and accelerate the transfer of discovery to clinical care for both children and adults.
Program leaders are John Perentesis, MD, who also directs the Oncology Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Stephen Qualman, MD, who also directs the Center for Childhood Cancer in the Columbus Children’s Research Institute.
The unique relationship between the three institutions is designed to stimulate novel research and help develop collaborations in pediatric cancer-related studies that will also have applications to adults.
Specific objectives of the relationship include the unprecedented development of a joint strategic plan for cancer research and education. A focus will be to more fully utilize the resources that each organization has to contribute to take advantage of a large pool of talented researchers in the region. In addition, the three organizations will cooperate to attract the best and brightest cancer investigators to the state of Ohio.