Exclusive Interview: NCI Director Talks Big Data, Clinical Trials, the Cancer Research Workforce—and Why He Lives to Conquer Cancer
The Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Dr. Ned Sharpless joins ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford A. Hudis in the latest ASCO in Action Podcast to discuss modernizing clinical trials, maximizing big data, building the cancer research workforce, and NCI’s central role in leading cancer research. “The scale and scope of the NCI is truly both awe-inspiring and in some ways daunting,” says Dr. Sharpless of his first year at the NCI.
On a more personal note, Dr. Sharpless shares why he lives to conquer cancer. He says that he is driven by an intellectual curiosity to cure cancer, direct experience as a medical oncologist treating patients, and by family members who have had cancer. “I’ve had the experience of helping people survive their cancer, and once you do that once, you just want to do that over and over again,” said Dr. Sharpless.