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Seminar offers a glimpse at the moon shot play book

Guests encouraged to be part of the game plan

Promise - Spring 2013

By Sarah Watson

They came for “A Morning of Moon Shots” and left confident that a new day has dawned in Making Cancer History®.

Attendees at A Morning of Moon Shots compare notes between breakout sessions at the November seminar. Photo by Adolfo Chavez, IIIMore than 200 participants attended a free MD Anderson seminar in November highlighting the Moon Shots Program, an unprecedented assault on cancer the institution launched in September 2012. The event was an opportunity to meet moon shot leaders and learn about the team science aimed at beating eight initial cancers — and that eventually will apply to all cancers. Guests also learned about platforms, which will provide moon shot teams with specialized infrastructure, technologies and/or processes.

Ronald DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson, greeted guests before they dispersed to breakout sessions featuring:

A lunch panel session generated questions and discussion among supporters eager to be a part of the ambitious endeavor. DePinho welcomed their support, stressing the importance of private philanthropy to the Moon Shots Program’s success.

“The time is now,” he said. “Together we can put these cancers in the history books.”

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