Hollings Cancer Center Lands Its Highest Score, NCI-Designation Renewal

Besim Ogretmen and Shanmugan Panneer Selvam in the lab
Dr. Besim Ogretmen, Hollings Cancer Center researcher, left, and Dr. Shanmugam Selvam discuss their work. Hollings Cancer Center has over 70 research labs and employs more than 400 researchers.

Hollings Cancer Center landed its highest score yet in the renewal of its designation as a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center.

NCI-Designated Cancer Centers represent the top 4% of cancer centers in the United States. With this five-year renewal, Hollings is one of only 71 cancer centers in the U.S. with this prestigious status and the only such institution in South Carolina. Hollings has held this designation since 2009.

Gov. Henry McMaster underscored the importance for the state. “This is just one more example of the excellence that South Carolina produces. Congratulations are in order for MUSC and the Hollings Cancer Center for this impressive designation and for the important work that we know its scientists, doctors and researchers will continue to do there.”

Hollings Cancer Center Director Gustavo Leone, Ph.D., said the renewal affirms the cancer center’s strong research base and supports its mission to deliver cutting-edge treatments.

“Work at Hollings will lead to important advances in cancer research and clinical care. This designation will accelerate the speed by which we bring scientific and clinical discoveries to prevent and eradicate cancer in the state.”