Nixon National Cancer Conference

December 1 and 2, 2021

Richard Nixon Presidential Library Museum

Yorba Linda, CA


About the
Nixon National Cancer Conference

December 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of President Nixon signing the National Cancer Act of 1971.

To celebrate that visionary and transformative bipartisan legislation, the Richard Nixon Foundation will host the first Nixon National Cancer Conference, a two-day gathering of distinguished Nobel laureates, cancer center directors, clinicians, researchers, and political and public health officials to assess the past, analyze the present, and envision the future of cancer treatment and research.

All Cancer Conference events are free of charge. Guests must register for each day separately. To register multiple guests from a cancer center, please call Anne Brown at (714) 364-1161.




Wednesday, December 1



5:00 PM – Welcoming Reception


6:00 PM – Welcoming Dinner

Thursday, December 2


9:30 AM – Panel One

The National Cancer Act – Discovering Cancer’s Secrets

Nobel laureate James D. Allison, Ph.D.

Nobel laureate David Baltimore, Ph.D.

Nobel laureate Phillip Sharp, Ph.D.

Moderated by:

Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D., Former National Cancer Institute Director, Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

10:45 AM – Panel Two

The National Cancer Act – Saving Lives, from Hopelessness to Hope

Stephan A. Grupp, M.D., Ph.D., Section Chief of the Cellular Therapy and Transplant Section at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Lori Pierce, M.D.

Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, Chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors, Professor and Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, University of Michigan 

Peter Pisters, M.D., President of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Moderated by:

Steven T. Rosen, M.D., Medical Oncologist and Hematologist; Provost and Chief Scientific Officer; Irell and Manella Cancer Center Director’s Distinguished Chair; Morgan & Helen Chu Director’s Chair of the Beckman Research Institute

 12:00 PM – Luncheon Keynote

Ned Sharpless, M.D., – Director of the National Cancer Institute

1:15 PM – Panel Three

The National Cancer Act – Changing the Future of Cancer

William W. Li, M.D., New York Times Bestselling author of “Eat to Beat Disease”

Stephen Hahn, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Preemptive Medicine & Health Security, Flagship Pioneering, Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., Former Special Expert on nanotechnology for the National Cancer Institute, Professor of Pharmaceutics, University of Washington

Larry Norton, M.D., Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Moderated by:

Anna Barker, Ph.D., Former National Cancer Institute Deputy Director

Conference Leadership


Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D.

 Vice Chairs

Paul Begala

James H. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Melanie Eisenhower, MS, CCLS

Hugh Hewitt

Marlene Malek, RN

Ellen Sigal, Ph.D.

Honorary Host Committee

Robert A. Bradway

Otis W. Brawley, M.D.

Samuel Broder, M.D.

Vincent DeVita, Jr.. M.D.

Robert A. Ingram

Honorary Congressional Committee

Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

Hon. Don Bacon

Hon. Stephanie Bice

Hon. Rov Blunt

Hon. Diana DeGette

Hon. Rosa DeLauro

Hon. Brian Fitzpatrick

Hon. Virginia Foxx

Hon. Richard Hudson

Hon. Rob Portman

Hon. Brad Schneider

Hon. Terri A. Sewell

Hon. Pete Stauber

Hon. Glenn Thompson

Hon. Norma Torres

Hon. Juan Vargas

Hon. Joe Wilson

Claire Pomeroy, M.D.

Register for the Nixon National Cancer Conference

Watch the National Cancer Conference Live Stream

New Special Exhibit!

A Commitment to Hope:

Richard Nixon and the National Cancer Act

Opening on November 12, a new special exhibit at the Nixon Library will take visitors on a personal journey through the history of cancer care in America. 

Everyone knows someone who has heard the dreaded words “You have cancer.”

But what is cancer? How did it become a national epidemic? Who is doing something about it? And why don’t we have a cure?

Explore answers to these questions and more in a new special exhibit at the Nixon Library that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the transformative National Cancer Act of 1971. Experience that decisive moment 50 years ago when the U.S. government took action to develop a “cancure” and its amazing —indeed, miraculous— results. 

With artifacts never before exhibited on loan from cancer centers across the country, visitors will experience up close how the fight to conquer cancer has transformed and evolved, including life saving advances in prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. 

Answer your questions about cancer by visiting A COMMITMENT TO HOPE at the Nixon Library. 

Purchase tickets to see the exhibit here.

“I hope that in the years ahead that we may look back on this day and this action as being the most significant action taken during this Administration.”

-President Richard Nixon, December 23, 1971