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President Obama to Appoint Harold Varmus, M.D.

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NCI Director John Niederhuber, M.D.: Dr. Varmus will lead an institution "second to none"

(Posted: 5/19/2010) - In a message to NCI staff and the cancer community, Director John Niederhuber, M.D., applauds the appointment of Harold Varmus, writing that the appointment “will provide NCI with strong leadership across campus and beyond, and a greatly respected voice on Capitol Hill, advocating for the much-needed resources to sustain the Institute’s mission. The full text of his message is below.

Over the past five years as NCI director, and in other capacities over many more years, I have greatly enjoyed every opportunity to visit laboratories and offices from Bethesda to Frederick, to meet face-to-face with staff members, and to share my thoughts on important issues about the science and management of this great Institute. It has also been my hope that weekly D-Brief messages have kept you informed about important initiatives, plans, and your wonderful accomplishments. This note carries a particular personal sadness, because it is about impending change.

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President Obama to Appoint Harold Varmus, M.D., to Lead the National Cancer Institute

(Posted: 5/17/2010) - Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Harold Varmus, M.D., to serve as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

In an e-mail to the NCI staff, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health, said that Varmus “brings unmatched expertise at all levels — not only in cutting edge scientific research, but also as a leader in the development of strategies for improving patient care, in scientific education and training, and in the design of novel public-private partnerships.” He also stated, "I want to express my appreciation to John Niederhuber, M.D., for his dedicated service and fine leadership of NCI over these past years."

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