Varmus head of National Cancer Institute!

WHOO!!

Harold Varmus is gonna be the next head of the National Cancer Institute (probably, still a non-confirmed nerd rumor)!

*excited peter griffin giggle*

Comments

  1. #1 Jason
    March 19, 2010

    cool!

    I guess it makes sense – where does he go after heading MSKCC? NCI makes sense to me =)

  2. #2 Jeeves
    March 19, 2010

    He was an English major! I did not expect that. Score one for my team.

  3. #3 Optimus Primate
    March 19, 2010

    Oh, rock on! I love that little dude!

  4. #4 Comrade PhysioProf
    March 19, 2010

    I don’t buy it. Why would someone who was the director of NIH ever wanna be the head of an IC? It’d be like a former POTUS becoming a state governor.

  5. #5 DrZZ
    March 20, 2010

    I don’t buy it. Why would someone who was the director of NIH ever wanna be the head of an IC? It’d be like a former POTUS becoming a state governor.

    Not quite because the NCI director is a presidential appointee, so at least in an organizational chart sense is equal to the NIH director, not under him. The practical reality is more complicated, but it is still true that the NCI director is considerably more indendendent than other IC directors.

  6. #6 DrZZ
    May 18, 2010

    from the Secretary, HHS

    To: NIH Staff
    From: Secretary Sebelius
    I am very pleased to bring news that President Obama has announced his intent to appoint Dr. Harold Varmus to serve as Director of the National Cancer Institute. Among his many professional distinctions, Dr. Varmus won a Nobel Prize for his work on the genetic basis of cancer in 1989, and, in 1993, was named by President Clinton to serve as Director of the National Institutes of Health, a position he held until 2000. Most recently, Dr. Varmus served as President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, one of the premier cancer research and treatment institutions in the world.

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