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Harold Varmus

2002 ADLM Lectureship Award

Harold Varmus, MD, is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990 for his work on oncogenes and their role in the pathogenesis of cancer.

From 1993 to 1999, he was Director of the NIH. He is also widely recognized for his studies on the replication of retroviruses and hepatitis B and the development of mouse models of human cancer, the focus of most of his current work and this lectureship.

In addition to authoring more than 300 scientific papers and 4 books (including a book on the genetic basis of cancer, intended for general audiences), he has served as advisor to the government, academia, and both pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.