Media Advisory

Friday, October 13, 2006

John E. Niederhuber to Be Officially Sworn In as 13th Director of the National Cancer Institute


John E. Niederhuber, M.D., will be sworn in as the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Wednesday, October 18, 2006, at 11 a.m. EDT. Niederhuber will be the 13th Director of the NCI in its nearly 70 year history.

To view a Webcast of the swearing-in, either live or via archive, go to


The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt: Secretary, Dept. of Health and Human Services. Remarks and administration of the oath
Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.: Director, National Institutes of Health. Welcome
John E. Niederhuber, M.D.: NCI’s 13th Director. Remarks
Phillip Sharp, M.D.: MIT Center for Cancer Research. An extramural perspective on cancer research


11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Please arrive at 10:45 a.m. for registration. A reception will take place
immediately following the ceremony in the Visitor's Information Center (Lower Level) of Building 10.


Building 10, Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health campus
For directions, maps and security information, please go to:


Due to security, reporters must register by October 17, 2006 for the swearing-in and bring a picture I.D. to the event. Please contact the NCI Media Relations Branch at (301) 496-6641 or at

For more information about cancer, please visit the NCI Web site at or call NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

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