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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 >>

NCI Director Outlines "Shared Ambitions" for the Years Ahead

NCI Director, Harold Varmus, M.D., reflected on his accomplishments and outlined "shared ambitions" for NCI. More > >

What's New

Written Testimony on Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request (Senate)
March 28, 2012
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Committee on Appropriations; United States Senate

Provocative Questions in Cancer Research - Nature
January 19, 2012
Harold Varmus and Ed Harlow discuss the NCI's recent RFA soliciting grant applications that seek to answer a set of questions proposed by the scientific community about unsolved problems in cancer research.

Interview with NPR's Science Friday
December 23, 2011
Harold Varmus discusses four decades of scientific progress in preventing, detecting and treating cancer--and the mysteries that still remain.

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