Harold Varmus stepping down from the National Cncer Institute

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Exec Sec1 (NIH/OD)" <EXECSEC1>
To: List NIH-ALL-STAFF <NIH-ALL-STAFF>
Subject: Important Announcement from the Director, NIH – Dr. Varmus to Step Down as NCI Director
Date: March 4, 2015 at 4:41:23 PM EST

Dear Staff,

After nearly five years as director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Harold Varmus, M.D., has announced plans to step down from his post at the end of this month. I am deeply indebted to Harold for returning to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to run the NCI, after having previously served as both the NIH director and president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

For the last five years, we at the NIH have had the distinct good fortune of having one of the world’s best minds focused on how to use science to fight cancer. Who better than Harold Varmus, who won the Nobel prize for discovering oncogenes, to lead the charge as we leap forward in our knowledge about the disease? And it’s not just about cancer. Few people in history have had as much influence and impact as Harold in shaping the course of modern biomedical science. Harold, indisputably, is a true giant, and we have been lucky to have him here not once, but twice, to help lead this great agency.

Douglas Lowy, M.D., the current Deputy Director, will serve as acting director for NCI, beginning on April 1.

I ask you to join me in congratulating Harold on a job extraordinarily well done, and wishing him the best for the next chapter of his distinguished scientific career. For more about his plans, please go to http://www.cancer.gov/aboutnci/director/messages/harold-varmus-resignation.

Sincerely yours,

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director

About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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