Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by MD Anderson
MD Anderson was among more than 270 organizations across the country participating in Vice President Joe Biden's June 29 National Cancer Moonshot Summit. Nearly 300 people - patients and survivors, researchers, physicians, health care workers, advocates, Board of Visitors and Advance Team members, and data and technology experts - attended the MD Anderson event.
"It's a bad day for cancer," said Ronald DePinho, M.D., president, in welcoming remarks as he expressed the institution's enthusiastic support for the national effort to double progress against cancer over the next five years. DePinho took the opportunity to highlight advances generated by MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program since it launched in 2012.
In live-streamed remarks from Washington, D.C., Vice President Biden called for increased collaboration, innovation and data sharing. He also shared his family's personal journey and referred to MD Anderson as "an incredible organization."
The event concluded with a panel discussion offering diverse perspectives and covering such topics as the need to share data and collaborate with community hospitals, industry and other organizations; the importance of voting to support the renewal of funding for the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas; and the recent work of the HPV-related Cancers Moon Shot to increase vaccination rates.