UA pharmacy professor to chair national cancer board

Laurence Hurley, PhD, professor and holder of the Howard J. Schaeffer Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, has been appointed chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Counselors for Basic Sciences.

The board consists of 30 authorities knowledgeable in the fields of cancer research, prevention, treatment and control. It advises the NCI on a wide variety of matters concerning scientific program policy and progress and future direction of research programs in the areas of basic sciences.

Hurley, who is a member of the Arizona Cancer Center and the BIO5 Institute, was appointed chair by Harold Varmus, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute.

As chair, Hurley is responsible for calling and conducting meetings of the board in Washington, D.C., approximately three times per year. He will serve as chair until July 31, 2011.