Croce to Present Chauncey D. Leake Lecture


Carlo Croce, professor and chair of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics; director of the Human Cancer Genetics Program; and director of the Institute of Genetics at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be the speaker for the Chauncey D. Leake Lecture on Sept. 3 at 11:30 a.m. in 111 Parks Hall. Croce’s lecture will be entitled, “Causes and Consequences of microRNA Dysregulation in Cancer.”

The Chauncey D. Leake Lecture is an annual event in recognition of Dr. Leake, an internationally known pharmacologist and medical historian. The Leake lectures honor his memory by bringing leaders of scientific endeavors to share their experiences and expertise with students.

Croce received his doctor of medicine from the University of Rome in 1969. He is a world-renowned researcher for his contributions involving the genes and genetic mechanisms implicated in the pathogenesis of human cancer. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association for Cancer Research, Croce has published more than 1,000 peer-reviewed research papers.

After the Leake Lecture, the Chauncey D. Leake Memorial Award will be presented to former College of Pharmacy graduate student Ingrid Bonilla. This award has been presented annually since 1978 to outstanding graduate students doing pharmacological research in the colleges of pharmacy, medicine or veterinary medicine. The selection of award winners is made based on research papers submitted by students to a committee.

Bonilla’s entry was entitled, “Calcium-activated Potassium Current Modulates Ventricular Repolarization in Chronic Heart Failure.” The Leake Committee members included Stephen Strauch, assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine; Popat Patil, professor emeritus at the College of Pharmacy; and Gopi Tejwani, associate professor emeritus at the College of Medicine.

Students, faculty and alumni are invited to attend and help us celebrate the legacy of Dr. Leake through Croce’s lecture and Ingrid Bonilla’s award presentation.