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The Patient’s Role in Advancing Cancer Research and Participation in Clinical Trials: Panel Discussion on Cancer Moonshot, December 15th, 2016

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This post was authored by Tomoko Steen, PhD, Science Research Specialist, in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress

The public is invited to a free panel discussion with representatives of the White House Moonshot Cancer Task Force and other organizations interested in cancer research on Thursday, December 15th regarding the patient’s role in advancing cancer research and participation in clinical trials. CancerMoonshot

Established in January 2016 by the White House and chaired by Vice President Joe Biden, the Cancer Moonshot Task Force issued its final 29 page report on October 17, 2016. In the Vice President’s accompanying 17 page executive report, Biden noted, “We sought to better understand and break down the silos and stovepipes that prevent sharing of information and impede advances in cancer research and treatment, while building a focused and coordinated effort at home and abroad.”

Thursday’s panel discussion represents an attempt to help break down these silos by offering a chance for dialog among the public, patients, clinicians, scientists, and policy makers. It is an example of using convergence to solve complex scientific problems.


Ellen V. Sigal, PhD, Founder and Chairperson, Friends of Cancer Research

Greg Simon, J.D., Executive Director, White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

Dinah S. Singer, PhD, Director, Division of Cancer Biology, National Cancer Institute; Co-chair Blue Ribbon Panel

Douglas Lowy, M.D., Director, National Cancer Institute

Louis Weiner, M.D., Director, Georgetown Lombard Cancer Center

Date: Thursday, December15, 2016

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Place: Dining Room A, 6th floor, Madison Building

Free, no reservations needed!

For inquiries about this program contact Dr. Tomoko Steen in the Science, Technology & Business Division at [email protected] or the division office at: 202-707-1212. Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

The panel discussion will be later broadcast on the library’s webcast page and YouTube channel “Topics in Science” playlist.


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