The OSUCCC – James 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.
Mary-Claire King, PhD, is the most recent and 22nd recipient of the Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cancer. Dr. King is the American Cancer Society Professor at the University of Washington, an affiliate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and 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.
Over the course of two days in April, Dr. King met with several members of the OSUCCC – James team, spoke to two community groups and delivered the Block Lecture.
“Dr. King’s work has saved thousands of lives,” says William Farrar, MD, director of the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center at the OSUCCC – James, where he also is interim physician-in-chief.