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About the Director

Harold Varmus, M.D., co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, began his tenure as NCI Director on July 12, 2010. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More >>

Harold Varmus, M.D. pictured in Science Magazine

NCI Director's Interview with Science Magazine

In an interview with Science, Harold Varmus, M.D. reflects on the current state of biomedical research in the United States, October 2013.1
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What's New

An Open Letter to the Cancer Community Regarding Community Clinical Trials
April 2014
Harold Varmus reaffirms NCI’s commitment to patients in community clinical trials and explains the transition from the Community Clinical Oncology Program/Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOPs) and the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) to a new network, the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).

The Art and Politics of Science (NCBI Bookshelf)
March 2014
Dr. Harold Varmus’ memoir, published in 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company, is now freely available through the National Library of Medicine’s NCBI Bookshelf. The memoir recounts the story of his path from graduate student in English literature at Harvard University to Nobel Prize winner, to director of the National Institutes of Health, to President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Medical Research Centers in Mali and Uganda: Overcoming Obstacles to Building Scientific Capacity and Promoting Global Health
March 17, 2014
Essay in Science and Diplomacy about how the Uganda Cancer Institute and the Malaria Research and Training Center in Mali, founded in collaboration with the U.S. government, are combating major diseases through research capacity development.

Making PEPFAR: A Triumph of Medical Diplomacy
December 1, 2013
Essay about the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Science and Diplomacy.

Remarks at Portrait Unveiling, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
June 2013
Harold Varmus talks about art, science, and politics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Fulbright 2013 Lecture Series
May 2013
As part of the Fulbright 2013 Lecture Series, Harold Varmus delivered three lectures on “International Relations in Science and Medicine”.

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