The Arthur C. Upton Page

Arthur Canfield Upton's main focus was on radiation and cancer. He was Director of the National Cancer Institute from July 1977 to December 1979, and a Trustee of the American Health Foundation from July 1984 to March 1986. He was President and Chairman of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at New York University Medical Center from 1980 to 1992; and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine from 1993 to 1995. He is currently at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His bio boasts that he "stood up to the tobacco lobby," a deliberate mischaracterization of the corrupt, bullying activities of the anti-smoking conspiracy.

Arthur Canfield Upton bio / National Cancer Institute

Upton was one of forty scientists invited to the previously unscheduled Airlie House session on the National Cancer Plan, Nov. 19, 1971. This section was on "Modification of the individual; alteration of host functions, possibly by vaccines." Clustered in the section on "Identification of external agents, carcinogens; focusing on preventing the agents from reaching the body or blocking them after ingestion" were Ernst Wynder of the AHF; Joseph Melnick, a sponsor of John Banzhaf's anti-smoking group, ASH; and former TIRC/CTR Scientific Advisory Board member Paul Kotin; also two from the University of Wisconsin's McArdle Lab, Harold Rusch and James Miller, whose interest was in diet and cancer. Plus: "EDITORS' NOTE: Three of the nation's foremost politicians, the President, Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. Rogers (D-Fla.) have personal, vested interests in the outcome of current cancer research legislation. Top ranking NIH and Assn. of American Medical Colleges execs have opposed the powerul Mary Lasker biomedical research lobby in a struggle which could irreversibly alter the structure of NIH. See story on p. 11 for latest developments." (Drug Research Reports 1971 Nov. 10;14(45):18-20.)

Airlie House, Nov. 19, 1971 / UCSF-Legacy

In 1972, Upton was a member of the Carcinogenesis Advisory Panel of the NCI. Future AHF Trustee (1981-84) Peter Magee and CTR Scientific Advisory Board member (1954-65) Paul Kotin were also members.

NCI Carcinogenesis Advisory Panel, 1972 / UCSF-Legacy

Upton as National Cancer Institute Director

"The environmental carcinogenesis program at NCI will be the first area tackled by new NCI director Arthur Upton. He has convened a Director's Rask Force on Carcinogenesis to study the institute's research initiatives into the environmental causes of cancer." Alan Rabson, director of Division of Cancer Biology and Diagnosis, was its chairman, and he and Upton selected the members. These included John Bailar, editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute; George Khoury, acting head of the virus tumor biology section of the Division of Cancer Cause and Prevention; Joseph Rall, intramural research director of NIAMDD, and others. James Peters, the former head of the DCCP, was promoted to Assistant Director for Special Programs. "Upton is also exploring NCI's relationship with the four environmental regulatory agencies - the Environmental Protection Agency, FDA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Consumer Product Safety Commission. Taking a cue from the regulators, who are now breakfasting together weekly to coordinate cancer control efforts, Upton is planning a weekly breakfast meeting for the heads of the four institutions engaged in carcinogenesis research - NCI, NIH, Natl. Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and Natl. Insititute of Occupational Safety and Health." (Upton launches probe of NCI effort on environmental causes of cancer. The Blue Sheet 1977 Sep. 28.)

The Blue Sheet, 1977 / UCSF-Legacy

Upton participated in the NIH Workshop on Chemoprevention of Cancer, Feb. 2 and 3, 1978. AHF Trustee (1986-88) Jerome DeCosse of the Medical College of Wisconsin was chairman of the panel on Chemoprevention in High Risk Human Populations." Other participants included the AHF's longtime research director, John H. Weisburger; future AHF trustee Arthur C. Upton; Elizabeth Weisburger of the NCI; and Roswell K. Boutwell of the University of Wisconsin, later a member of the Council for Tobacco Research.

NIH Workshop on Chemoprevention of Cancer, 1978 / UCSF-Legacy

"On Monday, February 13, a meeting was held to consider the present and future role of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in cancer prevention. Eleven scientists, 6 from NCI and 5 from outside, were invited to this discussion by Dr. Arthur Upton, NCI Director. Both the Director and Associate Director as well as Dr. Domanski (in charge of extramural grants) were present during th meeting." It was cochaired by Dr. Bailar, Editor in Chief of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and Dr. Ernst Wynder of the American Health Foundation. Other participants included J. Michael McGinnis, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; and T.C. Tso. (NCI Director's Meeting on Cancer Prevention, report by TC Tso.)

NCI Director's Meeting, 1978 / UCSF-Legacy

Upton testified as NCI Director at the Feb. 15, 1978 hearing on "DHEW Anti-Smoking Initiatives" before the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, along with usual health fascist conspirators: HEW Secretary Joseph Califano, Surgeon General Julius Richmond, (future AHF Trustee) Robert I. Levy, plus the usual contingent from the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (a puppet of the American Public Health Association); and Horace Kornegay of the Tobacco Institute got to "oppose" them. The hearings were chaired by Rep. Paul G. Rogers.

DHEW Anti-Smoking Initiatives, 1978 / UCSF-Legacy

In 1978, John Moloney "was removed by [NCI Director Arthur] Upton as head of the Viral Oncology Program as a prelude to dismantling that program." (Schneiderman leaves field studies... The Cancer Letter 1978 Oct. 27;4(43).) This was part of a 'big push' to suppress all virus cancer work.

The Cancer Letter, 1978 / UCSF-Legacy
<= The Big Push to Suppress Virus Cancer Work

Sir Richard Doll's award from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation: "Some 'old friends' on the committee which picked Doll, by the way, include: Jonathan Rhoads, Benno Schmidt, Lauren Ackerman, LaSalle Leffall, Brian MacMahon, Lewis Thomas, and Arthur Upton." (Memo from Knopick to William Kloepfer Jr., Tobacco Institute SVP of Public Relations, May 2, 1979.)

Knopick to Kloepfer, 1979 / UCSF-Legacy

Memo from Fred Panzer of the Tobacco Instititute to The File, June 4, 1979: "Spoke to Gio Gori on 8:30 Saturday night, June 2. He met with Arthur Upton last Wednesday. Upton wants him to take orders and suggestions from John Pinney. Gori's suggested names for advisory group of smoking & health program are to be cleared with Pinney. Upton feels that he would not be averse to using NCI Smoking & Health funds for educational purposes [sic], approved by Pinney. In effect, Upton would be funding Office of Smoking & Health programs through the back door, if the Appropriations Committee has in fact cut them off the budget." John Mercer Pinney, Skull & Bones 1965, was the Bones supervisor of the Surgeon General Reports of 1977-81.

Panzer File, 1979 / UCSF-Legacy

Upton participated in the Conference on the Primary Prevention of Cancer: Assessment of Risk Factors and Future Directions, at the American Health Foundation, June 7-8, 1979. Besides the contingent from the AHF (Ernst L. Wynder, Dietrich Hoffmann, John H. Weisburger, Charles B. Arnold), participants included LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. (future AHF Trustee), E. Cuyler Hammond, and Lawrence Garfinkel of the ACS; Gio B. Gori and T.C. Tso of the Tobacco Program; Paul D. Stolley and D. Mark Hegsted, food fascists from Harvard University; Henry T. Lynch, a member of the CTR Scientific Advisory Board in 1996; and a contingent from Deutsche Krebshilfe in Germany, which co-sponsored the event.

Conference on Primary Prevention, 1979 / UCSF-Legacy

NYU Institute of Environmental Medicine

Upton was Director of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at New York University from 1980 to 1992. The NYU School of Medicine's Department of Environmental Medicine was begun in 1947, and its members have been instrumental in establishing both the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the US Evironmental Protection Agency.

Center History / NYU

Institute of Medicine, 1980

Upton was a member of the "Planning Study for an Ongoing Study of Costs of Environment-Related Health Effects." Other members included Theodore Cooper, Philip J. Landrigan, Joshua Lederberg, and Frederick Mosteller. "A meeting to discuss hazards and health effects that the planning study should address was held on February 27, 1980 in New York, NY. The following persons participated: Roy Albert, New York University, New York, NY; Paul Marks [president of MSKCC]; Frederick Robbins [incoming president of the Institute of Medicine]; Arthur Upton; and Richard Zeckhauser [Professor of Political Economy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University]." Upton also participated in Joshua Lederberg's workshop on risk assessment.

Work of the Committee / National Academy Press, 1981

"Preventive Oncology," 1980

"In April 1980, a group of scientists met with the American Health Foundation Staff and Dr. Vincent DeVita, the Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute, to define preventive oncology and how preventive oncology could best evolve with the National Cancer Program. An additional participant in the afternoon session of the conference was Dr. Joshua Lederberg, President of the Rockefeller University." Charles LeMaistre and Ernst L. Wynder were chairmen. Other participants included Lester Breslow, Arthur Upton, and John Weisburger. (Editorial: Preventive Oncology and the National Cancer Program. Prev Med 1980 Nov;9(6):823-825.)

Preventive Medicine, 1980 / UCSF-Legacy

1980 Symposium on Cancer

Upton participated in the Symposium on Cancer, presented by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, Sep. 14-18, 1980. The Advisory Committee included Laurance S. Rockefeller, Chairman of the Board of MSKCC; Benno C. Schmidt, Chairman of the Board of Memorial Hospital; James D. Robinson III, Vice Chairman of the Board of Memorial Hospital; Lane W. Adams, Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society; Frank J. Rauscher, the ACS's Senior Vice President for Research; and NCI Director Vincent DeVita. The Program Committee included future AHF trustee Jerome J. DeCosse; Mathilde Krim; LaSalle D. Leffall, then immediate past president of the American Cancer Society, who shortly became a trustee of the AHF; and Frank J. Rauscher. Other participants included Sir Richard Doll ("The Interphase Between Epidemiology and Cancer Control"); Alfred G. Knudson (CTR 1986-94); John Weisburger, longtime research director of the AHF; R. Lee Clark and his assistant, Joseph Painter; and former Rep. Paul G. Rogers.

International Symposium on Cancer, 1980 / UCSF-Legacy

OTA - Technology Transfer, 1982

Upton assisted in the Office of Technology Assessment project on "Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health" in 1982. Other participants included David Baltimore, Lester Breslow, Sir Richard Doll, Maureen Henderson, Joshua Lederberg, Benno Schmidt, and Ernst Wynder.

OTA - Technology Transfer / Princeton University

Ramazzini Institute

Upton is president of the Ramazzini Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health Research. It was founded by the late Irving Selikoff and Phillip J. Landrigan, who is a director. Upton was a member of its Executive Council in 1983.

Collegium Ramazzini, 1983 / UCSF-Legacy
Who Are We / Ramazzini Institute

Italian physician Bernardino Ramazzini, for whom the Institute is named, claimed in 1713 that headaches and stomach disorders were widely known to be side effects of inhaling tobacco dust, and was "obviously negative about the tobacco habit." (Elizabeth M. Whelan, The Smoking Gun: How the Tobacco Industry Gets Away With Murder. George F. Stickley & Co., 1984, pp. 53-54.)

Whelan, 1984 / UCSF-Legacy

Institute of Medicine, 1984

Upton was on the Panel on Alternatives of the 1984 Institute of Medicine Study on the Organizational Structure of the National Institutes of Health. Others involved included Lester Breslow; Edward Brandt; Joseph Califano; Theodore Cooper; Vincent de Vita; William Foege; Ruth Kirschstein, J. Michael McGinnis; Henry Pitot, Julius Richmond; Dorothy Rice; Benno Schmidt; Richard Schweiker; James Shannon; Theodor Sterling, David Satcher, Reuel Stallones, Daniel C. Tosteson, Arthur C. Upton, and James Wyngaarden.

IOM Study on NIH, 1984 / Universal Library

The Question of Thresholds for Radiation and Chemical Carcinogenesis. By Arthur C. Upton. Cancer Investigation 1989;7(3):267-276.

Upton, Cancer Investigation 1989 / UCSF-Legacy

Institute for the Study of Smoking Behavior and Policy, Harvard University

Upton was on the staff of the Institute for the Study of Smoking Behavior and Policy, Harvard University, John M. Pinney, Skull & Bones 1965, Executive Director, circa 1986.

EPA Environmental Health Committee

Upton was a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Health Committee of the EPA in 1990. This bio prepared by the tobacco industry went out of its way to portray him as a decent guy.

EPA SAB of Environmental Health Committee, 1990 / UCSF-Legacy

Jennings v. Baxter Healthcare

Upton participated in the Amicus Curiae in Jennings v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., et al., along with Bruce Ames, Michael Gough, and anti-smoker ETS study authors Patricia Buffler and Dimitrios Trichopoulos. This is nothing but reeking hypocrsy, of course, because these people are the scumbags who have systematically nurtured public ignorance and half-baked pseudo-science for decades, the better to achieve their anti-smoking agenda.

Jennings v. Baxter Healthcare Amicus Curiae / Atlantic Legal Foundation

McLean v. RJ Reynolds, et al.

Arthur Upton's perjuries: "To counter the Secretary's anti-smoking efforts, the Tobacco Institute sent a delegation to my office at NIH, to persuade me that the evidence implicating smoking in the causation of cancer and other diseases was inconclusive and that the Secretary's anti-smoking efforts were therefore unjustifed." [This is the standard way that anti-smokers dismiss any and every criticism of their claims.] "When I failed to accept their arguments, the members of the delegation informed me that they had 'powerful friends in Congress' who would take away NCI's budget if the Secretary and I did not cease and desist." [This is absolutely ludicrous as a "threat," coming from the mouth of a man who got his job only because he was the corrupt whore of the Lasker Syndicate, which only a few years before had thrown the whole country into an uproar while rearranging the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to suit themselves. Mary Lasker and her cabal of health fascist conspirators were incontrovertibly the dictators of the health establishment by virtue of their control of Congress and the President. And, this 1999 statement was intended to deceive today's victims of their media accomplices who ask, 'Who is Mary Lasker?'] "The meeting was also followed by intimidating telephone calls to my home at night from unidentified callers, which eventually became so distressing that we had our phone number change to an unlisted number." There's no reason to believe this cheap smear in the light of this despicable man's other lies. Furthermore, Upton blamed all of McLean's maladies on smoking, including heart disease, in which his anti-smoker fellow travelers suppressed research on infection for three deades and continue to systematically ignore the evidence implicating infection in the corrupt reports of the Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control; nor did he give any indication of how disease caused by smoking could be distinguished from disease due to other causes (which can't be done in the first place).

<= The Disease Lobbies and NIH Spending
Upton, McLean v. RJR Reynolds / UCSF-Legacy


The Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation was co-founded by Drs. Bernard D. Goldstein, John A. Moore, Gilbert Omenn, Charles W. Powers (former chief environmental officer and Vice President for Public Policy of Cummins Engine Co.), and Arthur C. Upton in 1995. Two former members of the Science Advisory Board of the EPA ETS report are there: Paul Lioy is a Principal Investigator, and Morton Lippmann is on the Peer Review Committee; Lioy and Lippmann were both members of the EPA ETS Science Advisory Board.

Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Evaluation / CRESP


Upton is member of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the US Environmental Protection Agency, CASAC Subcommittee on Particle Monitoring. Morton Lippmann is also a member.

Subcommittee on Particle Monitoring / US EPA (pdf)

GM Cancer Research Foundation

Upton is a member of the GM Cancer Research Foundation Advisory Committee.

Advisory Committee / GM Cancer Research Foundation

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cast 06-10-07