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December 2023 / January 2024

U.S. & Australia collaborate on cancer research

The US First Lady visits cancer researchers at the Clinical Center
(l-r) First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Ms. Jodie Haydon, partner of the Australian Prime Minister, then NCI Director and now NIH Director Dr. Monica Bertagnolli and NCI investigators Dr. Nirali Shah, Dr. Naomi Taylor and Dr. Victoria Giordani.

In late October, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Ms. Jodie Haydon, partner of the Australian Prime Minister, visited the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center to learn more about its role in cancer research and to receive briefings on pediatric cancer research and a U.S.-Australia collaboration on cancer studies.

After meeting with NIH leaders, including Clinical Center CEO Dr. James Gilman and National Cancer Institute (NCI) director Dr. Monica Bertagnolli (who was subsequently appointed Director of the NIH on November 7, 2023), the visiting dignitaries met with researchers in one of the NCI labs focused on pediatric oncology.

In 2016, the United States and Australia enhanced and formalized cancer collaboration by linking NCI and the NIH with Australian state governments and cancer research organizations. Australian researchers are the United States' second largest international recipients of NCI research grants.

View more information on this initiative.

- Donovan Kuehn

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