publication date: Feb. 19, 2021

In Brief

Richard Nixon Foundation to commemorate National Cancer Act in a two day meeting

The Richard Nixon Foundation will host a two-day commemoration of the 1971 National Cancer Act at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, on Dec. 1-2, 2021.

December will mark the 50th anniversary of President Nixon signing the groundbreaking National Cancer Act of 1971. To commemorate the anniversary, The Cancer Letter has established the Cancer History Project, a free historical resource that places–in perpetuity—a vast, expertly curated collection of primary source materials and authoritative interpretations within easy reach of researchers, medical professionals, students, policy-makers, and patients.

“In the spirit of President Nixon’s vision and commitment to research and collaboration, our two-day commemoration will be a non-partisan and non-fundraising event,” Foundation President and CEO Hugh Hewitt said in a statement. “We will assemble physicians, clinicians, researchers, experts, academics, authors, journalists, political and public health officials, philosophers, ethicists, activists—the entire universe of cancer minds—to assess the past, analyze the present, and envision the future of cancer treatment and research.”

Andrew von Eschenbach will chair the commemoration. He was director of NCI from 2001-2005, and commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2006-2009.

Co-chairs include:

Paul Begala, political commentator and campaign adviser,

Dr. James H. Cavanaugh, chairman of the Nixon Foundation Board of Trustees, former President of Allergan International and chairman of the Shire Pharmaceutical Group plc,

Melanie Eisenhower, pediatric oncology counselor at UPenn Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; granddaughter of President Nixon and great-granddaughter of President Eisenhower,

Marlene Malek, co-founder of Friends of Cancer Research,

Ellen Sigal, co-founder and … Continue reading Richard Nixon Foundation to commemorate National Cancer Act in a two day meeting

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