First and foremost our team is dedicated to those who battle cancer. Our team is a unique combination of clinicians, scientists, patients, students, and supporters; all of whom are riding to insure that we provide the best of care today and create a cancer free world for the next generation. The defeat of cancer is a team effort and we are privileged to share this ride as a united effort between the clinical team at The James Cancer Hospital, the researchers of The Ohio State University, and our patients.
We also are honoring a particularly unique research effort at The Ohio State University. As many of you know, OSU was established with support originating from President Lincoln after the civil war as a land grant university in the states of the expanding frontier. These institutions were established and dedicated to serve the people of these states. As such, OSU has established one of the world's leading institutions in the agricultural sciences. Our College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has invested in developing foods for cancer prevention and survivorship. Collaborations focusing upon diet, nutrition, and foods have been established between scientists and clinicians at The James and CFAES that have allowed our multidisciplinary teams to successfully compete for over $14 million in research grants from the National Cancer Institute and the United States Department of Agriculture. Our research projects now extend from the farmers gate to the patients' plate. Through horticultural science we develop and grow enriched fruits and vegetables optimized in cancer fighting components, we process these with novel techniques in our food science program, and bring these to our clinics at The James for evaluation in our patients, including those in high-risk prevention, cancer therapy, and survivorship. Our efforts are frequently referred to as the crops to the clinic research. OSU and The James are unique! We are the only university in the nation to integrate the research of a Comprehensive Cancer Center with the Agricultural Sciences in a dedicated and unified effort to defeat cancer.
A cancer free world is on the horizon! We welcome you in this effort!