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Vol. LVIII, No. 22
November 03, 2006
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NCI’s Niederhuber Formally Sworn In

  HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt (l) swears-in new NCI director Dr. John Niederhuber.  
  HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt (l) swears-in new NCI director Dr. John Niederhuber.  

Dr. John Niederhuber publicly took the oath of office as the 13th director of the National Cancer Institute on Oct. 18 in a ceremony officiated by Secretary Mike Leavitt of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Attended by more than 300 friends and colleagues, the event also featured tributes by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and Nobel laureate Dr. Phillip Sharp, Institute professor at the Center for Cancer Research and department of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Niederhuber is congratulated by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.
Niederhuber is congratulated by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.

In his acceptance speech, Niederhuber expressed his thanks to President Bush and Leavitt for the honor of serving as NCI director. “I am profoundly humbled by your confidence in me and by the fact that you are willing to entrust me with the leadership and the distinguished history of this proud institution,” he said.

“Appointing the director of the National Cancer Institute is a significant event for all of us,” Zerhouni told the assembled guests. Niederhuber, he said, “brings to NCI an ideal set of skills and experiences.”

Since June, Niederhuber had been NCI’s acting director. He previously served as chief operating officer and deputy director for translational and clinical sciences, positions he assumed in September 2005.

Niederhuber has longstanding ties to NCI and NIH. Across an academic career as a surgeon, professor, researcher, department chair, senior associate dean and cancer center director, he has also been the chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board, an external NCI adviser and grant reviewer and a laboratory investigator supported by NCI and NIH.

In addition to his management of NCI, Niederhuber remains involved in research, heading a laboratory on campus. The Laboratory of Tumor and Stem Cell Biology, part of NCI’s Center for Cancer Research, is studying tissue stem cells as the cell-of-origin for cancer. The lab is also studying the complex relationship between tumor cells and their microenvironment.

Niederhuber also holds a clinical appointment on the Clinical Center medical staff. NIH Record Icon

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