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Vol. LVIII, No. 12
June 16, 2006
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Niederhuber Named Acting NCI Director

 
Dr. John Niederhuber became acting director of the National Cancer Institute on June 11.  
The National Cancer Institute has a new leader: Dr. John Niederhuber, who became its acting director June 11.

Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, NCI director since 2002, resigned his position effective June 10. He will continue to serve as acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and as a senior adviser to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt.

Niederhuber, who joined NCI last September as deputy director for translational and clinical sciences, has longstanding ties to the institute across a four-decade career as a cancer surgeon and researcher. He has been an outside adviser, grant reviewer and, from 2002 to 2005, chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board.

Niederhuber's academic career includes service as director of the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center and as a professor at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan.

In a message sent to the NCI staff just after the announcement, he wrote: "Your professionalism and your sense of mission have infused every lab, clinic and office at NCI, and will most certainly make this a rewarding and exciting time for all of us."