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OCHOA APPOINTED TO NCI ADVISORY BOARD

New Orleans, LA Dr. August Ochoa, Professor and Director of the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has been named to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology. He will serve a four-year term. Dr. Ochoa is the only Louisianian currently serving on the Board, and the third one from the state to serve. The other two Louisianians who served previously were also appointed as LSUHSC faculty – Drs. Pelayo Correa and Elizabeth Fontham.

Appointed by the Director of the NCI, the purpose of the Board is to provide scientific advice and review of the progress of the intramural clinical and epidemiological research programs of the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR) and the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). The Board advises the Directors of CCR and DCEG, and the Director and Deputy Director of the NCI, on a wide variety of matters concerning scientific program policy and progress and future direction of research programs.

Dr. Ochoa earned his MD from the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia in 1982. That year, he started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Immunobiology Research Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he became an Assistant Professor in 1986. He served as Head of the Immunotherapy Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from 1989 to 1996, and Head of the NCI Signal Transduction Laboratory from 1996 to 1997. At the LSU Health Sciences Center, he is Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Biochemistry, and Director of the Cancer Center. At Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, he is a practicing physician specializing in the field of Allergy/Immunology. His research interests include T-cell function, cytokine production, macrophage T-cell interaction, immune regulation, immune dysfunction and disease, as well as tumor immunology.

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