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Annual Cancer Moonshot Panel: Immunotherapy and Beyond Webinar, Dec. 6

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Poster by Vera Bock: Don’t fight cancer alone. WPA Federal Art Project, ca.1936

Shortly after the passage in December 2016 of the groundbreaking, bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, (aka “Cancer Moonshot” bill) proposed by then Vice President, Joe Biden, the Library of Congress hosted its inaugural panel discussion on the “Cancer Moonshot.”

Every year since then, the Library’s Health Services Division (HSD) and the Science, Technology & Business Division (ST&B) have hosted a panel discussion on the “Cancer Moonshot.” Due to continued concerns about Covid-19, this year’s panel will be held virtually.  As in the past, HSO and ST&B hope the event will further promote communications between patients, clinicians and scientists on topics ranging from cancer diagnostics to treatment choices.

The focus of this year’s event is “Cancer Immunotherapy,” the artificial stimulation of the immune system to treat cancer, improving on the immune system’s natural ability to fight the disease. This is a good example of translational medicine, an application of the basic research of cancer immunology and the establishment of a new branch of oncology.

The program is open to everyone. Registration is required and is limited to 1,000 participants.

Cancer Moonshot Panel: Immunotherapy and Beyond webinar on Dec. 6 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

To register go to

Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are asked to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

The Library is fortunate to have access to researchers and health experts who are willing to share their knowledge and cutting edge information with us in order to promote health literacy. For the 2021 Cancer Moonshot panel the Library has invited several leading scientists and clinicians in this field, including the 2018 Nobel Laureate, Dr. James Allison at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.


  • Dr. Danielle M. Carnival, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), White House, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Ellen Sigal, Ph.D., Chairperson and Founder of Friends of Cancer Research
  • Dr. James Allison, Ph.D., 2018 Nobel Laureate,  Chair, Department of Immunology, Division of Basic Science Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX as well as the Olga Keith Wiess Distinguished University Chair for Cancer Research; the Regental Professor, Department of Immunology, Division of Basic Science Research; Executive Director, Immunotherapy Platform; Deputy Director, David H. Koch Center for Applied Research of Genitourinary Cancers; and Director, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI) all at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Giorgio Trinchieri, MD, Chief, Laboratory of Integrative Cancer Immunology, National Cancer Institute, NIH Distinguished Investigator, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Professor Louis Weiner, MD, Professor and Director of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Francis L. and Charlotte G. Gragnani Chair, Department of Oncology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Fight Cancer poster. WPA Federal Art Project ca1938

Past Library of Congress Cancer Moonshot programs:

Patient Resources:

For more information or questions about this webinar, please use our Science Ask-a-Librarian Service and refer to “Cancer Moonshot Panel December 6”.

Announcement written by Tomoko Y. Steen, Ph.D. and Ashley Cuffia, MS, MLS, Science Reference Section, ST&B Division.

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