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AACR nomination of Harold E. Varmus, M.D., as director of the NCI
Date:5/18/2010

PHILADELPHIA The American Association for Cancer Research, the world's oldest and largest cancer research organization, congratulates Harold E. Varmus, M.D., on his nomination by President Barack Obama to serve as the 14th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

"Dr. Varmus will bring to the NCI an unrivaled appreciation for how basic science serves as the foundation for understanding healthy function as well as disease conditions," said Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D., president of the AACR. "His visionary leadership will allow NCI to continue leading the way in programs aimed at preventing disease, improving health and reducing suffering from cancer."

"This is a great day for cancer research. It is hard to imagine someone more qualified for this position," added Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., past president of the AACR. "Dr. Varmus has a tremendous wealth of experience, an abundance of good ideas and almost unlimited energy. The AACR looks forward to working with Dr. Varmus in the months and years to come."

"Cancer research is advancing at a staggering pace. Dr. Varmus' extraordinary vision and leadership will be vitally important in our efforts to further reduce cancer incidence and mortality," added Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. "As Dr. Varmus takes the helm of the NCI, the AACR is confident that we will accelerate the pace of discovery research and translational research, and thereby bring hope and improved survival to cancer patients everywhere."

Varmus, a Nobel Prize Laureate and former head of the National Institutes of Health, most recently served as president and chief executive officer of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

He, along with J. Michael Bishop, M.D., and colleagues demonstrated the cellular origins of the oncogene of a chicken retrovirus, which led to the isolation of many cellular genes that normally control growth and development and a
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Contact: Michele Leiberman
michele.leiberman@aacr.org
267-646-0622
American Association for Cancer Research
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