A $1 million gift from the Alan and Janice Levin family to The University of Arizona Foundation is funding the Alan and Janice Levin Family Endowed Chair for Excellence in Cancer Research at the Arizona Cancer Center.

Clara Curiel, M.D., has been appointed to fill the Levin family endowed chair. She is director of the pigmented lesion clinic and the multidisciplinary cutaneous oncology program at the Arizona Cancer Center’s Skin Cancer Institute, and assistant professor of dermatology at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.

“Dr. Clara Curiel is an immensely talented cutaneous oncology specialist with a tireless work ethic and a strong desire to conquer skin cancer. Generous support like this from Alan and Janice Levin and their family are critical to our research activities,” said Arizona Cancer Center Director David S. Alberts, M.D. “Endowed chairs support basic and translational research that we can apply to our patients and help in our goal to prevent and cure cancer. Our Skin Cancer Institute will benefit immensely from this gift.”

“Our family is impressed by the dedication of Dr. Curiel and the researchers at the Skin Cancer Institute,” said Alan Levin, who with his family owns and operates Century Park Research Center, a family-owned warehousing, distribution and manufacturing facility, and the Port of Tucson intermodal rail facility. The Levins have lived in Tucson since 1969. Alan Levin has been a patient of Dr. Curiel.

Dr. Curiel, a member of the Arizona Cancer Center since 2005, is the Arizona Cancer Center principal investigator of a grant from Science Foundation Arizona to study ways to adapt satellite remote-sensing technology to image the human body for medical purposes.

The Alan and Janice Levin Family Endowed Chair brings the total of endowed chairs at the Arizona Cancer Center to six. For more information, go to www.arizonacancercenter.org.

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