MD Anderson in September 2012 challenged its scientists and clinicians to rapidly and significantly reduce mortality in several major cancers. Called the “Moon Shots Program,” the ambitious effort was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 challenge to the United States to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
While we’ve made tremendous advancements in cancer treatment and research, millions of people worldwide continue to die of the disease each year. The time is now to end cancer.
We’re in a period of revolutionary change with new technology and advanced scientific knowledge, most notably the mapping of the human genome, coming together and bringing new hope for cures.
Supported by MD Anderson’s robust research and clinical infrastructure, large patient volumes, unique drug discovery capabilities and global academic network, the Moon Shots Program focuses teams that will demonstrate short-term improvement and major, long-range impact for their specific cancers across the spectrum – cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survival.
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Launches Unprecedented Moon Shots Program (news conference)
A year of progress for our Moon Shots Program – Oct. 18, 2013
UT MD Anderson cancer moon shots take flight during year 1 – Oct. 18, 2013
MD Anderson taps IBM Watson to power “moon shots” mission – Oct. 18, 2013
Lyda Hill commits $50 million to Moon Shots Program – May 21, 2013
MD Anderson’s media specialists can arrange interviews with moon shot leaders or other cancer experts at MD Anderson. Contact our External Communications department with requests at 713-792-0655.