Dublin, OH, March 19, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Leona W. Ayers, M.D. of Dublin, Ohio has been commemorated as a Top Executive for two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019, by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding achievements and high level of success for over 40 years in the fields of medical research and education.
About Leona W. Ayers, M.D.
Dr. Leona W. Ayers, M.D. currently serves as an Academy Professor of the Emeritus Academy at The Ohio State University in the Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, in Columbus, Ohio. She stepped down from her medical practice to remain as “Physician Scholar” on medical staff of Wexner Medical center and her full tenured Professorship to join the University Emeritus Academy as Academy Professor in 2015. Dr. Ayers taught Pathology to medical students, pathology interns and residents, and medical technology students. While part of the Graduate School faculty, she directed 26 graduate and professional students.
In addition to being an esteemed member of the medical staff of the Wexner Medical Center where she has held various directorships and practiced Clinical Pathology in the areas of Transfusion Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Dr. Ayers was part of the consulting medical staff at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Center. She is a member of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and has been honored as an Outstanding Microbiologist in 1982, awarded the Earline Kutscher Memorial Lectureship in 1991, selected as Foundation Lecturer for the National Foundation for Microbiology Lectures Program for 1998-2000 and was elected to the OSU Emeritus Academy in 2014. She was recognized on the Reuters Billboard in Times Square in New York City and has been a guest on a recent Podcast.
Dr. Ayers has been funded by National Cancer Institute (NCI) grants for the last 24 years (Grantome). These grants were awarded to support HIV/AIDS related cancer diagnosis capacity building in the U.S., sub-Saharan Africa and India. As a Principle Investigator (PI) of the NCI MR AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (ACSR), she organized and implemented the Sub-Saharan Africa Lymphoma Consortium with pathologist participants from East Africa (Uganda, Kenya), West Africa (Nigeria), South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town) and Europe (London, England). Dr. Ayers served as a leader in the first workshop in India on Research Methodologies for the study of HIV/AIDS associated malignancies. For the last 10 years, she has served as PI of the NCI Grant Cooperative Human Tissue Network, MW Division (CHTN/NCI/NIH). She has held memberships and served on committees of the College of American Pathologist and American Association of Clinical Pathologists, International Society Biological and Environmental Repositories and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.
Throughout her outstanding career, Dr. Ayers has been an invited speaker for 256 presentations at regional, national and international meetings and workshops, presented or published with colleagues 242 abstracts/posters at national and international meetings, 114 peer-reviewed Journal articles and 14 book chapters. Some of her recent publications prepared with her esteemed colleagues include:
“Genome-wide discovery of somatic coding and non-coding mutations in pediatric endemic and sporadic Burkitt lymphoma.” Blood Jan 7, 2019
“Associations between IgG reactivity to Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) antigens and Burkitt lymphoma in Ghana and Uganda case-control studies.” EbioMedicine Dec 19, 2018
“Mast cell activation and KSHV infection in Kaposi Sarcoma.” Clin Cancer Res., Oct 15, 2018
“Evaluating the Causal Link between Malaria Infection and Endemic Burkitt Lymphoma in Northern Uganda: A Mendelian Randomization Study.” EBioMedicine in press on 10/3/2017
“Burkitt Lymphoma Expresses Oncofetal Chondroitin Sulfate without being a Reservoir for Placental Malaria Sequestration.” Int J Cancer 140 1597-1608 on 4/1/2017
“Selective Inhibition of Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 5 Blocks Initiation and Maintenance of B-cell Transformation.” Blood 125 2530-43 on 4/16/2015
“A review of the Pattern of AIDS Defining, HIV Associated Neoplasms and Premalignant Lesions Diagnosed from 2000-2011 at Kenyatta National Hospital Kenya.” Infect Agent Cancer 10 28 on 1/1/2015
“EBV-Positive Grey Zone Lymphoma in an HIV Infected Man from Kampala, Uganda: Case Report.” Int J Med Pharm Case Reports 2110-116 on 11/15/2014
After obtaining her B.S. in Zoology in 1962 from Duke University, Dr. Ayers graduated with a M.D., with Honors, from Duke University School of Medicine in 1967. Duke University accepted her into the second year of the medical class of 1967 as a transfer from the Duke Graduate School. At that time there were few women in medical schools, so Duke acceptance was a critical opportunity. She has been inducted into the Duke University School of Medicine Half Century Club. She holds a Certificate of Qualification from the American Board of Pathology in Clinical and Anatomical Pathology and has special expertise in infectious diseases pathology and research interests in HIV/AIDS related malignancies.
“People are forever interesting.” - Leona W. Ayers, M.D.
For more information, contact https://pathology.osu.edu/ext/faculty/ayers.html
To listen to Dr. Ayers’ Podcast on powerwoe.com, go to www.soundcloud.com/user-498580759/leona-ayers-power-podcast
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