NCI Participates in Two Congressional Events
NCI Director Dr. John E. Niederhuber participated with four other NIH Institute and Center directors in a Senate hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education on May 21. The theme of the hearing was "Vision of the Future - Health and Medicine (Predictive and Preemptive)." Dr. Niederhuber described the progress NCI has made in cancer research, including advances being made in gene analysis and the increasing cost effectiveness of such tests. Senators' questions for Dr. Niederhuber focused on the development of advanced technologies for early detection and treatment of disease and improving community access to care. Dr. Niederhuber's testimony highlighted some of the exciting opportunities NCI researchers are pursuing; his prepared remarks are available at http://www.cancer.gov/aboutnci/Senate-Subcommittee-on-Labor-HHS-Education-Appropriations.
On May 24, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) invited all female Senators to convene for a special public meeting on mammography, held in light of a recent NCI study published in Cancer, which reported a 4 percent decrease in screening since 2000. Dr. Niederhuber and Dr. Nancy Breen of NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences were joined by a panel of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to discuss the new statistical findings and some of the potential causes to be studied further.