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In his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016, President Barack Obama echoed Vice President Joe Biden’s plea for a unified endeavor to cure cancer and announced the creation of a national cancer moonshot. And he declared Biden to be “in charge of Mission Control.” MD Anderson applauds President Obama’s commitment to support this collective fight to end cancer.
The urgency to make a final assault on cancer was brought to the nation’s attention when Biden announced in Oct. 2015 his intention to dedicate his time and effort to the fight against cancer. Soon after, MD Anderson’s leaders met with Biden to share with him what we have learned since the 2012 launch of MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program — a singular, goal-oriented effort to dramatically reduce cancer mortality.
“This is the golden era of cancer research. Our team of world-leading cancer experts, along with many others in the field, continue to confer with Vice President Biden about the scope and potential of a national cancer moon shot,” said MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho, M.D.
As we continue working toward our mission of erasing cancer from our lives, President Obama’s words ring loud and true: “For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.”
MD Anderson and the Moon Shots Program
MD Anderson has launched a comprehensive and ambitious effort called the Moon Shots Program. The goal is to dramatically reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer, so that the disease in all its forms is preventable, detectable, treatable and forgettable.
To reach our goal of ending cancer, we ask for your support. Your gift will enable us to move quickly in the fight against cancer, to pursue new ideas, develop new tests and treatments, and offer new hope to patients and their families. Please join us in Making Cancer History®.Learn more
Supporting the moon shots are 10 platforms designed to act on established knowledge and new disruptive technologies to dramatically reduce cancer deaths. The platforms, or research engines, provide an empowering infrastructure of expertise and technology to support the Moon Shots Program. From customized cellular therapies to the collection and analysis of massive data sets, these platforms are primed to deliver on the cutting edge of science and medicine.
Our research draws on the collective knowledge of hundreds of experts across MD Anderson, the nation and the world. Through our MD Anderson Cancer Network and the largest global network of centers united against cancer, we share what we learn to help patients everywhere.Learn more
A 28-member Blue Ribbon Panel of cancer experts, leaders and patient advocates has been formed to guide the scientific direction and goals of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Two MD Anderson experts have been nominated to join the efforts to provide scientific guidance through recommendations to the presidentially appointed National Cancer Advisory Board. Jim Allison, Ph.D., professor and chair of Immunology and executive director of MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program Immunotherapy platform, and W.K. Alfred Yung, M.D., professor of Neuro-Oncology and member of the Glioblastoma Moon Shot team, are honored to serve as members of this Blue Ribbon Panel. Learn more.
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