Nobel Laureate to Deliver Lecture in Los Alamos

Dr. Harold Varmus. Courtesy/


  • The upcoming lecture by Dr. Harold Varmus, co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee

Nobel laureate Dr. Harold Varmus will deliver the 44th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

The lecture, titled “The History and Future of Cancer Research,” is free and open to the public.


Dr. Varmus, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, became director of the National Cancer Institute July 12, 2010. Prior to his appointment to his current post by President Barack Obama, Dr. Varmus served for 10 years as president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and six years as director of the National Institutes of Health.  


Dr. Varmus is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine,  and is involved in several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries.  


The author of over 350 scientific papers and five books, including a recent memoir titled The Art and Politics of Science, Dr. Varmus was a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, was a co-founder and chairman of the board of the Public Library of Science, and chaired the Scientific Board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health. 


Varmus’s lecture is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, a philanthropic, non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the memory and legacy of Oppenheimer, one of the most notable scientists of the 20th Century.


For more information, contact Dr. Steven Buelow at 505.695.4618 or

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