Leone Assumes New Position In Ohio State Cancer Program

December 21, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gustavo Leone has been appointed associate director of basic research for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James).

In this role, Leone will be responsible for overseeing and expanding laboratory-based science efforts through mentoring, recruitment and facilitating cancer research collaborations. He will work to recruit additional senior faculty and physician scientists to expand Ohio State’s expertise in basic and translational research efforts, particularly in breast, genitourinary, gastrointestinal and thoracic cancer.

Leone earned his doctorate in molecular virology from the University of Calgary in 1994 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University until he joined Ohio State in 1999.

Leone also serves as the director of the Pelotonia Fellowship Program within OSUCCC-James, which provides funding to support the cancer research efforts of Ohio State students. The grants are funded with a portion of the nearly $12 million raised during the first two years of the Pelotonia grassroots cycling tour. The next Pelotonia is scheduled for Aug. 19-21, 2011.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (cancer.osu.edu) is one of only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top cancer hospitals in the nation, The James is the 180-bed adult patient-care component of the cancer program at The Ohio State University. The OSUCCC-James is one of only seven funded programs in the country approved by the NCI to conduct both Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.

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