publication date: Mar. 4, 2015
20150304 - Mar. 4, 2015

NCI Director Harold Varmus Steps Down

NCI Director Harold Varmus has announced that he will be stepping down at the end of March 2015.

Douglas Lowy, the current deputy director, will serve as acting director for NCI, beginning April 1. Lowy, a long-time NCI intramural researcher, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2014 for his research that led to the development of the human papillomavirus vaccine.

In a letter to colleagues March 4, Varmus, 75, reflected on his five years at the institute, saying that he is leaving with a “mixture of regret and anticipation.”

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