National Institutes of Health
Hardly a day goes by without mention of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the media. The NIH was created with taxpayer dollars in 1930, one of eight health agencies that comprise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Today, the NIH is made up of 24 separate institutes and centers, located just outside Washington, D.C., in Bethesda, Maryland.
National Cancer Institute
Throughout the 1930s, grassroots organizations began to draw attention to the need for federal support of cancer research. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Cancer Institute Act into law on August 5, 1937. The Act established the National Cancer Institute. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the largest of the 17 biomedical research institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health. The NCI coordinates the government's cancer research program.
"Thanks to the hard work, commitment, and compassion of scientists, researchers, and organizations like the Cancer Research Foundation, there is renewed hope for discovering better treatments and eventually a cure for cancer.
I commend all of you for your outstanding contributions to the field of cancer research. For five decades, your commitment to the crusade against cancer has given hope and comfort to people across the nation."
Former President of the United States
May 05, 1997