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THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                         (Baltimore, Maryland)
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For Immediate Release                                  February 19, 1998
              PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DR. J. MICHAEL BISHOP 
              AS CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL CANCER ADVISORY BOARD

The President today announced his intent to appoint Dr. J. Michael Bishop as Chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board.

Dr. J. Michael Bishop, of Belvedere, California, is a Nobel Laureate, having received the Nobel prize in Physiology and Medicine for his work on tumor viruses and oncogenes. He is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco, and Director of the GW Hooper Research Foundation. He was recently designated as the next Chancellor for the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Bishop's expertise is in the area of microbiology, molecular biology and biology of tumors. He has served on numerous committees and boards including various editorial boards for scientific publications. Dr. Bishop has been a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board since 1994. He received a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College and an M.D. degree from Harvard University.

The National Cancer Advisory Board is composed of eighteen members appointed by the President for terms of six years. Twelve members are selected from among leading representatives of the health and scientific disciplines that are relevant to the activities of the National Cancer Institute. Not more than six members are representatives from the general public, including leaders in the fields of public policy, law, health policy, economics and management. In addition, at least five of the appointed members must be knowledgeable in environmental carcinogenesis.