Cincinnati—Harold Varmus, MD, director of the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), will speak at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical
Center on Monday, June 21.
Sponsored by UC's Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP), Varmus'
lecture entitled "Designing Mouse Models for Human Cancer" will begin
at 4:00 p.m. in room 7051 of the Medical Sciences Building and is open
to the public.
Varmus has been the director of the NIH since
November 1993. Previously he was professor of microbiology,
biochemistry, and biophysics at the University of California, San
Francisco. Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Michael
Bishop, MD, for demonstrating that cancer genes can arise from normal
The NIH is one of eight health agencies of the
Public Health Service, which is part of the US Department of Health and
Human Services. The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to
help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability from
the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH works toward
that goal by conducting research in its own laboratories and supporting
the research of non-federal scientists in universities, medical
schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country.
PSTP is a collaboration between UC's College of Medicine and Children's
Hospital Medical Center and is aimed at students interested in
obtaining both the MD and PhD degrees. The eight-year program is a mix
of medical and basic science courses, biomedical science research, and
hands-on clinical education. Upon completion, these
physician-scientists conduct translational research that they can take
from their labs to their patients. "Our goal is to train physicians who
are both excellent scientists and compassionate physicians," says Judy
Harmony, PhD, director of PSTP.
Currently the program is raising
funds for its endowment. The program hopes to bring its endowment from
$3 million to $10 million. The funds will help supplement students'
education expenses, which are about $186,000. The support will enable
students to focus on their clinical and research future.