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Title: Harold E. Varmus Papers
Creator: Varmus, Harold
Dates: 1904-2010
Extent: 31.0 linear feet (26 boxes)
Abstract:Correspondence, speeches, administrative files, photographs, and audiovisual materials document the professional career of Harold Eliot Varmus, who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for the discovery of the cellular origins of cancer, and who later served as Director of the National Institutes of Health from 1993-2000 and President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer from 2000-2010. The bulk of the collection consists of Varmus' speeches and professional activities at NIH and MSKCC.
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• ...shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for the discovery of the cellular origins of cancer, and who later served as Director of the National Institutes of Health from 1993-2000 and Pre ...
• ...r of the National Institutes of Health from 1993-2000 and President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer from 2000-2010. The bulk of the collection consists of Varmus' speeches and professional acti ...
Biography
• ... For the past forty years, Harold E. (Eliot) Varmus (b. 1939) has been at the forefront of cancer research, served as leader of some of the most prestigious scientific research facilities in ...
• ... at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the late 1980s led to a new theory of how cancer genes (oncogenes) originate (mutations of otherwise normal genes caused by carcinogens or nat ...
• ...obel Laureate to do so. The 2000s then saw him take the Presidency of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and later, the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Varmus was born December ...
• ...m take the Presidency of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and later, the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Varmus was born December 18, 1939, in Oceanside, New York to Frank Var ...
• ... first crossed paths with UCSF scientist J. Michael Bishop, who was studying retroviruses to detect cancer-causing genes. It took only a short time before the two scientists realized their natural com ...
• ...al compatibility with each other in terms of intellect and temperament (as well as fascination with cancer viruses), which led to Varmus joining Bishop's lab in 1970 as a post-doctoral fellow. Varmus ...
• ...'s lab in 1970 as a post-doctoral fellow. Varmus and Bishop soon became equals, and all their basic cancer research discoveries were as teammates. Eventually, Varmus would become Professor of Microbio ...
• ...nd Physics in 1979. Bishop and Varmus discovered normal cells all have the seeds of potential cancer-causing genes. These seeds, called proto-oncogenes, exist across many different species and m ...
• ...ell. These discoveries helped scientists understand why there are so many different cancers and why cancer is often a disease of old age. For their work, Varmus and Bishop won numerous awards includin ...
• ...ideas that seemed good but were actually a waste (such as "wars" on highly complex diseases such as cancer). Varmus's administrative skills were also put to the test when dealing with other controvers ...
• ...rship he deemed adequate, Varmus accepted the position of President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer center in New York in 2000. He revitalized and re-organized the scientific programs in an eff ...
• ...ic programs in an effort to harness advances in biological sciences in order to give better care to cancer patients. He oversaw the construction of new clinical facilities, a new center for breast can ...
• ...to cancer patients. He oversaw the construction of new clinical facilities, a new center for breast cancer treatment and imaging, and organized consortia of other research institutions. In addition to ...
• ...ddition to his administrative pursuits, he also focused on the development of mouse models of human cancer. In 2010, Varmus returned to NIH, but this time as Director of the National Cancer Inst ...
• ...s of human cancer. In 2010, Varmus returned to NIH, but this time as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Varmus has authored over 300 scientific papers and five books, includi ...
Collection Scope and Content Note
• ...cuments Harold Varmus's administrative career as director of NIH (NIH) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). His scientific career is documented by his archives at UCSF. The collec ...
• ...3: UCSF). Most of this material revolves around the numerous awards Varmus and Bishop won for their cancer research. Other than being the topic of some speeches, there is very little material relating ...
Subject Terms
• ...ia, San Francisco Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Series Descriptio ...
Contents List
Series 1: Personal and Biographical, 1904-2010 (bulk 1982-1989)   series
Other Awards, Prizes, and Artifacts, 1966-2005   subseries
• ...: 23 Simon M. Shubitz Cancer Prize and Lectureship (University of Chicago Medical Center) [medal], ...
• ...: 24 Simon M. Shubitz Cancer Prize and Lectureship (University of Chicago Medical Center) [framed certificate], ...
• ... 9 Alfred P. Sloan Jr. Prize, General Motors Cancer Research Foundation [programs], 1984 Jun 12 ...
• ... 25 5 Cancer Research cover issue [presentation cover], 1 ...
• ... 25 5 UT System Cancer Center Center Cancer Research Distinguished Faculty Lecture [certificate], ...
• ... 25 5 UT System Cancer Center Center Cancer Research Distinguished Faculty Lecture [certificate], ...
Series 2: Correspondence, 1981-2009 (bulk 1982-1989)   series
• ... 2 24 American Cancer Society, 1983: : ...
• ... 2 34 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 1985: : ...
Series 3: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 1974-1994 (bulk 1984-1990)   series
Symposia, Lectures and Talks, 1974-1993, undated   subseries
• ... 2 59 Simon M. Shubitz Cancer Lecture, 1984 May 3: : ...
• ... 2 65 University of Texas System Cancer Center (Distinguished Faculty Lecture), 1987 Feb 19 ...
• ... 88 Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series in Cancer Biology, 1991 May 10: : ...
• ... 2 89 Cancer Biology Laboratory (University of Helsinki) [notes, photos], ...
• ... 2 93 American Cancer Society Research Professors' Meeting, 1992 Apr ...
Series 4: Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1991-1999   series
Alphabetical Files, 1991-1999   subseries
• ... 3 36 Cancer, 1994-1999: : ...
• ... 3 37 Cancer Discussion Group, 1994: : ...
• ... 3 38 Cancer Epidemiology, 1994: : ...
• ... 3 42 Colon Cancer, 1993-1994: : ...
NIH Components, 1993-1999, undated   subseries
• ... 6 7-8 NCI (National Cancer Institute), 1993-1997: : ...
Professional Activities (Symposia, Events, Talks), 1993-1999   subseries
• ... 8 23 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Academic Convocation, 1996 May: ...
• ... 1997 Jun 15: : ...
Series 5: President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), 2000-2010   series
• ... Series 5: President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), 2000-2010: : ...
Alphabetical Files, 2000-2010   subseries
• ... 41 Advanced Biomedical Science Course (Cancer Genomics & Genomics), 2006-2008: ...
• ... 9 12 Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Cancer Biology Course, 2006: : ...
Speeches and Lectures, 2000-2010   subseries
• ... 10 13 Mouse Models of Human Cancer (Annual Soma Weiss Medical & Dental Student Research Day, Harvard Medical School, Boston, ...
• ... 2000 May 19: : ...
• ... 2000 May 28: : ...
• ... 10 26 Molecular Basis of Cancer Lecture (Rockefeller University course), 2001 Apr 9 ...
• ... 36 Keynote Address, Symposium on Basic and Translational Cancer Research (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas, Madrid, Spain), ...
• ... 2002 Apr 30: : ...
• ... 3 Defining Tumor Maintenance Functions (Rockefeller University Cancer Biology Lecture), 2002 May 3: : ...
• ... 2003 May 15: : ...
• ... 2003 Jun 13: : ...
• ... 11 27 The Battle Against Cancer (The Anatomy Lesson Lecture, Amsterdam Medical Center, Netherlands), ...
• ... 22 Mouse models of human cancer, ASCO (MSKCC) [CD-ROM], 2003: ...
• ... 11 39 The Genetics Basis of Cancer (Keynote Address, Fifth Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress, Bangkok, Thailand ...
• ... 11 49 Cancer Genes Come of Age (Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Annual Breakfast, NY), ...
• ... 49 Cancer Genes Come of Age (Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Annual Breakfast, NY), 2005 Jun ...
• ...), 2005 Nov 16: : http://www.cancer.gov/aboutnci/director/speeches/is-science-under-siege-2005 ...
• ... 12 2 How Research on Cancer Genes is Changing Cancer Care (University Club Luncheon Lecture), ...
• ... 2 How Research on Cancer Genes is Changing Cancer Care (University Club Luncheon Lecture), 2006 Jun 14 ...
• ... 12 3 Oncogene Dependence (MIT Cancer Center Symposium), 2006 Jun 23: ...
• ... 5 Developments in the Genetic Basis of Cancer: Implications for Juriprudence (Keynote Speech, NY State Judicial Institute Symposium Dinner, ...
• ... 12 6 The New Era in Cancer Research: Changing Vistas, Changing Cultures (University College London Prize Lecture in Clin ...
• ... 12 12 The New Era in Cancer Research: Changing Vistas, Changing Cultures (Biotechnology Graduate Student Association Rese ...
• ... 12 13 How New Developments in Cancer Research Are Affected by Laws and Regulations (Yale Law School Luncheon Talk, Arthur Alan Lef ...
• ... 12 14 Charlie Rose Show filming of cancer panel (NY), 2007 Apr 10: : ...
• ... 12 20 The Legacy of Cancer Research (100 Years of Mouse Genetics Symposium, Harvard Medical School), ...
• ... 22 The Evolution of Models for Studying Cancer (Robin Weiss Symposium, Royal College of Physicians, London, England), ...
• ... 12 32 Why Cancer Biology and Cancer Medicine Are Finally Merging (Alexander Tseng Memorial Lecture, Stanford U ...
• ... 12 32 Why Cancer Biology and Cancer Medicine Are Finally Merging (Alexander Tseng Memorial Lecture, Stanford University, Palo Alt ...
• ... 12 33 Mice, Genes, and Cancer (Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics Distinguished Lecture Series (Durham, NC), ...
• ...43 The Evolution of Model Systems for the Study of Cancer (McArdle Symposium on Cancer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI), ...
• ... The Evolution of Model Systems for the Study of Cancer (McArdle Symposium on Cancer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI), 2009 Jun 1-3 ...
• ... 12 61 Cancer: How Do We Prevent Metastasis? (Symposium in Honor of J. Mike Bishop, UCSF), ...
Boards, Commissions, and Working Groups, 2000-2010   subseries
• ...13 8-10 Cancer Research UK, 2003-2010: : ...
• ... 14 25 General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, 2003-2007: ...
• ... 14 28 Imperial Cancer Research Fund (Scientific Advisory Committee), 2000- ...
Series 6: Photographs and Slides, 1910s, 1940s, 1960s, 1980-2010, undated (bulk 1989-2010)   series
Professional Photographs, 1981-2010   subseries
• ... 16 35 Awarding of Armand Hammer Cancer Prize, 1984 Feb: : ...
• ... 16 36 Awarding of General Motor Cancer Research Foundation Alfred P. Sloan Jr. Prize, [1984 ...
• ... 16 38 Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund Symposium, 1986 Nov: ...
• ...16 45 Laureates of the Simon M. Shubitz Cancer Research Prize and Lectureship, ca. 1989: ...
• ... 16 50 Varmus at Hope for Survival cancer research event (UCSF), ca. 1990: ...
• ... 17 30 New Jersey Medical School Cancer Research Seminar Series, 2000 Oct: ...
• ... 17 49 Trent Lecture in Cancer Research, 2005 Sep 13: : ...
• ... 17 56 MIT Center for Cancer Research, 2007: : ...
Slides, 1993-2010   subseries
• ... 18 1-2 Cancer (General), [1994-2000s]: : ...
• ... 18 3 Cancer (STI571 & CML), 2000s: : ...
• ... 18 4-5 Cancer Genes, [1980-1993]: : ...
• ... 18 6 Cancer Genetics, [1993-1999]: : ...
• ... 18 7 CGAP (Cancer Genome Anatomy Project), [1993-1999]: ...
• ... 18 17 Genes, Mice, & Cancer, [1993-1999]: : ...
• ... 18 35 Mouse Models of Cancer (General), [1993-2010]: : ...
• ... 19 19 Prostrate Cancer, [1993-1999]: : ...
Series 7: Audiovisual Materials, 1985-2009 (bulk 1994-2005)   series
Audio Recordings, 1985-2003   subseries
• ... 21 Morning Edition: Breast Cancer Gene (NPR) [audiocassette], 1994: ...
Video Recordings, 1994-2009   subseries
Media Appearances, 1993-1994, 1999-2009   subseries
• ... 22 Titans with Marie Bartiromo (special on cancer research and treatment) [VHS tape], 2004: ...