Deputy director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) John Niederhuber was appointed to the director's role by President George Bush this week (August 15). The appointment was welcomed by Cancer Research UK, that country's leading funder of cancer research. "Cancer Research UK welcomes the appointment of Professor Niederhuber to this vital role leading the world's fight against cancer," Cancer Research UK head Alex Markham told The Scientist in an Email. "We look forward to building and extending the work we do together to tackle the global cancer agenda."Before joining NCI, Niederhuber spent many years as a prominent cancer surgeon and researcher, and still runs an NIH lab investigating the role of adult stem cells in cancer. The lab also focuses on the relationship between tumor cells and their microenvironment, with an eye for manipulating the environment to prevent tumors.Niederhuber takes the helm of NCI during a period of...

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