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Moon Shots Program

How team science aims to beat cancer


 Ronald DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson, gives an update on the Moon Shots Program at an Oct. 18 press conference. Photo by F. Carter Smith

In September 2012, MD Anderson launched the Moon Shots Program, an unprecedented, comprehensive assault to significantly reduce deaths from cancer and to transform cancer care. The program comprises six teams of MD Anderson researchers and clinicians initially focusing on these eight cancers:

Each moon shot team is pursuing innovative projects prioritized for greatest patient impact, ranging from basic and translational research to biomarker-driven novel clinical trials. Specialized platforms, such as Cancer Prevention and Control (see story here) provide infrastructure, systems and strategy in a variety of areas. The ultimate goal is to apply knowledge gained from this process to all cancers. Moon shot efforts will help support all other cancer research at MD Anderson, particularly with improved resources and infrastructure.

The program will receive funding from private philanthropy, institutional earnings, competitive research grants and commercialization of new discoveries.

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