Barry P. Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D., takes on his new role as director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

Young New Jersey state trooper Barry Sleckman never thought he would be trading in his basement repair shop for a lab. Now the new director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, Sleckman has since built his career on the pursuit of what he calls “great things.”

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Sharon Spencer, M.D., UAB radiation oncologist and senior scientist in the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, treats a patient at UAB Hospital. (Photo courtesy of UAB Medicine)

The relationship between cancer research and clinical care has never been more important, but the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UAB Health System are leveraging the best of both worlds by aligning their missions under the leadership of the Cancer Center through the Cancer Service Line.

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Patrons Choice Award winner Sally Boyd completes a painting live on stage at this year’s ArtBLINK Gala on Feb. 1 at The Kirklin Clinic. (Photo by Mike Strawn)

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 35th Annual ArtBLINK Gala raised $767,000 for the Cancer Center’s Fund for Excellence. The annual gala is the culmination of its advisory board’s yearly fundraising campaign and has served as one of the city’s premier social events for more than 30 years.

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Shannon E. Meier

Shannon E. Meier, a doctoral candidate at UAB, gravitated toward cancer after testing out three different areas of research during her student rotations. In 2016, she decided to join the O’Neal Cancer Center in its mission to become a national leader in cancer research.

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Photo by Anna Waters