UCSF: Nobel Prize-Winning Doctor To Be Named Chancellor
"Nobel Prize-winning cancer researcher Dr. J. Michael Bishop is expected to be named today as the new chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bishop is a highly respected 30-year veteran of the UCSF staff, whose work with colleague Dr. Harold Varmus -- now director of the National Institutes of Health -- on aberrant cancer-causing oncogenes in chickens won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1989. Bishop's appointment "will mark the first time that a laboratory scientist rather than a practicing physician or dentist has been named to run UCSF." The Chronicle notes that the announcement "underscores the importance that laboratory science will have in the university's future" (Russell/Burdman, 2/6).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.