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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). 

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Building on Opportunities in Cancer Research: NCI’s Annual Plan and Budget Proposal for FY2016

Armed with broad knowledge about how various kinds of cancer arise and with powerful new research tools, the cancer research community, under the leadership of the NCI, is poised to reduce the burden of cancer in this country and around the world at an accelerated pace.
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Dr. Harold Varmus to Step Down as Director of the National Cancer Institute
March 4, 2015

Transitions in Cancer Research - Stevens Institute of Technology President's Distinguished Lecture Series
February 2015

The Mexican President and NCI’s Dr. Varmus Discuss Cancer Control in Mexico
October 29, 2014

NCI Director Dr. Harold Varmus talks with @nprnews about funding for biomedical research
September 17, 2014

Interview with Mosaic Magazine
July 22, 2014

Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology (House of Representatives)
July 17, 2014
Testimony that addresses critical issues about the state of the American scientific enterprise.
Video webcast (see minute 14:41)

Commencement Address at Macaulay Honors College
June 6, 2014

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).

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Clinical Trials Transformation

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