While the Tulane Cancer center was not founded until 1993, Tulane has a long history of research in the prevention and treatment of this disease.

> 1939

Drs. Alton Ochsner and Michael DeBakey, medical school physicians, are the first doctors to link smoking cigarettes to lung cancer. Ochsner campaigned against lung cancer his whole career by trying to persuade people to quit smoking and by developing techniques for lung surgery.

> 1990

Prescott Deininger, professor of epidemiology, worked on the human genome project, completing the sequence of the polyoma virus genome in 1990. His work is relevant to the causation of cancer, and he continues to conduct basic cancer research.