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.
"I owe a great deal to the Cancer Research Foundation for giving me a head start. This financial help made the difference between my getting a fast and successful start, and my other wise struggling to obtain the necessary funds to get my research program started."Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and Human Genetics University of Chicago
April 30, 2010