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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 >>

"What Impedes Cancer Research" – NCI Director at the National Press Club

NCI Director, Harold Varmus M.D. talks to journalists about "What Impedes Cancer Research" at the National Press Club, September 2012. More > >

What's New

Interview on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show
January 9, 2013
Harold Varmus discusses the latest cancer statistics and the challenges of funding research

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.

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Clinical Trials Transformation

The Cancer Genome Atlas