Research & Education
Research, education and patient care form the three-part mission of the OSUCCC – James. The three are tightly intertwined and focused on one goal: creating a cancer-free world.
The OSUCCC – James is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation as designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a designation that we have maintained through competitive renewal since 1976. After the site review for our last renewal, we earned the NCI's highest ranking, "exceptional," and received a five-year, $23 million NCI support grant. The NCI survey team stated that the OSUCCC – James "should serve as the model for other matrix university-based centers."
More than 340 researchers from 11 of 15 colleges across The Ohio State University campus are members of the OSUCCC – James. Each member belongs to one or more of five OSUCCC – James research programs. Specialized technology and expertise needed for particular studies are available through the 20 Shared Resources and Cores at the OSUCCC – James. OSUCCC – James investigators are working to develop novel, innovative approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer and to understanding the disease in its many forms. Interesting research collaborations involving investigators from diverse colleges are the result.
Care of cancer patients is provided at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, the patient care component of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. The hospital is staffed by nationally and internationally known physicians, physician-researchers, nurses and staff who provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care. The laboratories and education centers support Ohio State’s new College of Medicine curriculum, which involves even first-year medical students in patient care. Research activities in patient-care areas should also foster medical students’ interest in research.
The OSUCCC – James provides numerous opportunities for the continuing education of its clinical and research faculty, trainees and students. In addition, competitive, two-year Pelotonia fellowships are available to undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students and post-doctoral trainees who are interested in cancer research.