Monica Bertagnolli Delivers First NCI Director’s Report, Outlines Principles to Evolve Cancer Research

November 17, 2022 by Alec Stone MA, MPA, Former ONS Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy

In her first report as National Cancer Institute (NCI) director, Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, laid out her eight core principles ( to guide the agency’s work in reformulating clinical trials and strengthening cancer research during the Clinical Trials Advisory Committee meeting in November 2022.

Bertagnolli specifically identified ( the need to:

“I see NCI as supporting the best people in research and making it possible for them to do this research through the resources that can be provided,” Bertagnolli said ( “And it’s absolutely essential that we engage the brightest minds with the biggest hearts. Because basically, as you all know, ending cancer ( is a human endeavor as well as a scientific endeavor.”

Bertagnolli became the first woman NCI director after her appointment by President Joe Biden ( in August 2022. She formally began work as the agency’s 16th director ( in October 2022.

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