UCSF’s Frank McCormick now leads world’s largest cancer research association

Elected president of the American Association of Cancer Research.

Frank McCormick, UC San Francisco

Frank McCormick, Ph.D., FRS, director of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC San Francisco, was elected president of the 35,000-member American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s largest organization of its kind dedicated to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication and collaboration.

His term began at the group’s annual meeting, which takes place — fittingly enough — at Chicago’s McCormick Place and runs through April 4. It’s the world’s biggest meeting for cancer researchers.

McCormick was vice president of research for Cetus Corp. in the 1980s — still the early days of biotech — and in 1992 he founded Onyx Pharmaceuticals, where his pioneering research led to the development of a treatment for kidney and liver cancer. In 1996, McCormick was made a fellow of the Royal Society. He joined the faculty at UCSF in 1997.

In an interview, McCormick discusses his views on progress to date in the battle against cancer, and shares his vision for what’s ahead.

Read the interview and sidebar about UCSF’s top discoveries in the war on cancer


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