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October 6, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 19

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Three NIH-funded Researchers Win 2009 Nobel Prize

Drs. Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco; Carol W. Greider of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Jack W. Szostak of Harvard Medical School have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Telomeres limit the number of times a cell can divide and therefore play an important role in aging and cancer.


During a visit to NIH on Wednesday, September 30, President Barack Obama toured a laboratory with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. The Cancer Genome Atlas Project to Map 20 Tumor Types

During a visit to the NIH campus last week, President Barack Obama announced that NIH will spend $275 million over the next 2 years to catalogue the genetic changes driving more than 20 types of cancer. Read more > >


Director's Update: Global Cancer Control: An Essential Duty

At NCI, we clearly recognize cancer as a global health crisis, and one for which the worldwide impact—both personal and economic—is rapidly expanding. A recent study reported that in the past 30 years the global burden of cancer, based on the incidence of new cancer cases and annual deaths, has doubled. Read more > >



  • Update

    • Highlights Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    • Searchable Database for Cancer Control Publications Now Available
    • New Statistical Software Aids Health Disparities Research


    • NCI Recognizes Clinical Investigators with New Team Leadership Award
    • Recovery Act Funds Made Available to Expand NCCCP
    • UC Berkeley Cancer Researcher Wins 2009 MacArthur Fellowship
    • Dr. Thomas Waldmann Awarded Service to America Medal
    • NIH FARE 2010 Awards Announced
    • President's Cancer Panel Explores Effects of Demographic Change on Cancer
    • NCI to Host Forum Connecting SBIR Companies and Potential Investors

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