American Association for Cancer Research

AACR CANCER POLICY MONITOR

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                                                                                                                JULY 2009

COLLINS NOMINATED TO LEAD NIH

President Obama has selected distinguished geneticist, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., as nominee to fill Agency's top post

Ending months of speculation, President Obama has named distinguished physician-geneticist Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read more

FDA GRANTED HISTORIC AUTHORITY TO REGULATE TOBACCO

Agency seeking public input on the implementation of new authority 

During a White House ceremony on June 22, President Obama signed The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law, officially granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the production and marketing of tobacco products. Read more

SENATE HEARING INVESTIGATES CANCER RESEARCH GRANT PROCESSS

Senator Specter convenes field hearing to examine NCI's process for awarding breakthrough research

Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) heard testimony from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a panel of cancer researchers in the Philadelphia region on July 6 about the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) process for awarding innovative ideas and projects. Read more

OPINION EDITORIAL: AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION

We need to stop cancers and other diseases before they start

By Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D.

It's a sad truth: Half of the men in this country and a third of the women will likely be diagnosed with cancer sometime during their lifetimes. Read more

DEMOCRATS ACHIEVE FILIBUSTER-PROOF MAJORITY U.S. SENATE

Franken of Minnesota claims 60th Democratic Senate seat

Nearly eight months after Minnesota's disputed Senate race in November 2008, Al Franken, a former comedian and author, was sworn-in to the Senate on July 7 as the state's junior Senator. Read more

RECOMMENDATIONS ON COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH RELEASED

The Institute of Medicine and the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research provide advisory reports to the President and Congress

Two advisory committee reports were released late last month that provide guidance for advancing the use of comparative effectiveness research aimed at better understanding and comparing the clinical merits of different treatments, devices and procedures. Read more

NEW GUIDELINES FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH IN EFFECT

NIH has issued final rules for federally sponsored embryonic stem cell research

The National Institutes of Health has released final rules for federally funded stem cell research. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

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