The highest honor bestowed by The Ohio State University on its faculty was presented in 2004 to Dr. de la Chapelle, who initiated and built the University's Human Cancer Genetics Program after his arrival in 1997.
A member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Dr. de la Chapelle is a professor in the OSU College of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics.
He holds the Leonard J. Immke, Jr. and Charlotte L. Immke Chair of Cancer Research. He also has won the two most prestigious awards in genetics: the Mauro Baschirotto Award from the European Society of Human Genetics, and the William Allan Award from the American Society of Human Genetics.
Dr. de la Chapelle's research focuses on the genetic predisposition to cancer and he had conducted considerable research into Lynch syndrome (HNPCC)
Dr. de la Chapelle was born in Helsinki, Finland on February 11, 1933. In the 1950's, he served in the Finnish Army and following, began his education which lead to becoming one of the most accomplished and distinguished genetics experts in the world.
During his career, he has been honored for his distinguished accomplishments over thirty times and has been involved with dozens of Advisory Boards involving genetics. He is one of the most esteemed genetics experts in the world.
We are extremely honored to have Dr. de la Chapelle as a member of our Medical Advisory Board and are very grateful to him for his efforts on behalf of Lynch syndrome survivors, previvors and families.
Papers of Dr. De la Chapelle
Introductory Speech for Dr. de la Chapelle - 2002