The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research was established as the NCI-Frederick Cancer Research Center in 1972. The government transferred 67 buildings and about 71 acres on the U.S. Army’s Fort Detrick
campus to the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (now Health and Human Services), which included the National Cancer Institute.
Since then, we have become an internationally recognized center of scientific excellence in cancer, AIDS, and infectious disease research. Our achievements include advances in biomedical science, work on the first test used to screen blood for HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, leading roles in several major initiatives, contributions to biodefense and clinical trials, and manufacture of experimental treatments and vaccines for studies worldwide.
As a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, we respond rapidly and keep pace with new discoveries, development opportunities, and health care priorities. We use private-sector resources to advance the National Cancer Institute’s mission and improve public health.
We are proud to have served the public for nearly five decades, and we remain dedicated to meaningful science for a better, healthier world.