Please join The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in honoring
Recipient of the 22nd Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship Award:

MCK May2016Mary-Claire King, PhD 
American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences
Departments of Medicine (Medical Genetics) and Genome Sciences University of Washington
Affiliate Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Thursday, April 20,
Reception 6:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 p.m.

Scioto Country Club
2196 Riverside Drive Columbus, OH 43221

Please RSVP no later than Friday, April 7, by calling 614-293-9340 or by email to

Mary-Claire King, is the American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was the first to show that breast cancer is inherited in some families as the result of mutations in the gene that she named BRCA1. In addition to inherited breast and ovarian cancers, her research interests include the genetic bases of schizophrenia, genetic disorders in children and human evolution. She pioneered the use of DNA sequencing for human rights investigations. Dr. King has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Philosophical Society, and as a foreign member of the French Academy of Sciences. She has served on the advisory committee to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Commission on Breast Cancer of the President’s Cancer Panel, multiple councils and study sections of the NIH and as past president of the American Society of Human Genetics.

Block Memorial Lectureship

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is proud to work with the Block family to recognize leadership in the field of cancer through the Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship for Distinguished Achievement in Cancer. The lectureship supports an international competitive process which annually identifies an individual whose contributions to cancer research, patient care and/or education have received international recognition. In 2009, the monetary award was increased to $25,000, making the Block Memorial Lectureship Award one of the largest prizes awarded by an academic institution in the field of cancer.

Herbert J. Block, a committed family man and dedicated businessman, died of colon cancer in May 1981. The following summer, his family organized an annual golf tournament in his memory. Since its inception, the Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament has provided more than $5 million for cancer research and education at Ohio State, including the establishment and support of this annual lectureship. Tournament proceeds have also supported the construction of the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, the largest construction project in the University’s history. This new facility unites groundbreaking research, clinical excellence and evidence-based education into a singular focus to cure cancer.

The Block family is an exemplary model of a family working together to channel their energies toward eradicating this disease. Their determination and commitment to raise research dollars became all the more poignant when the Block children lost their mother, Maxine, to lung cancer in 1998. Their unwavering commitment to the fight against cancer honors the memory of Herbert and Maxine Block through this lectureship.

Learn more about the Block Memorial Lectureship and review the list of past recipients.

Contact Information

Robyn Hadden