The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Oncology Center in Baltimore has named oncology professor Martin D. Abeloff as its new director. Currently, the university is planning the construction of a new building for the facility.

The Oncology Center was created under the National Cancer Act of 1976. Along with an 84-bed hospital, the center has research programs in nearly every type of cancer, including breast, lung, colon, prostate, brain, and ovarian cancer, as well as leukemia. Abeloff had been director of the center's clinical program since 1983.

"The new building will be on campus, but details are still being deliberated," Abeloff says. Along with an increase in needed laboratory space, he says, the new structure will have an enlarged clinical area. The need for more clinical space is a reflection of two factors: the increase of ambulatory patients and a greater number of collaborative programs between the medical departments and...

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