Robert Arceci served as director and professor of pediatric oncology at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Children’s Center for Cancer, Blood Hematology and Oncology. He was the co-director of the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona. An international expert in pediatric cancer research, Dr. Arceci promoted education of the public around the reality of childhood cancer. He was the editor of the medical journal “Pediatric Blood & Cancer” and was particularly involved in the development of novel methods to improve cancer therapy results while reducing their side effects.

His aim was to bring together teams of multidisciplinary groups in order to develop a treatment. One of those groups was the Nikolas Symposium. He served as chairman on the Steering Committee until his passing away/untimely death in 2015. The symposium is indebted to him for his leadership and guidance. He was fearless and passionate, a man who never stopped developing interesting ideas towards finding a cure..