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Cancer Moonshot Panel Webinar will Discuss AI and Cancer on December 5

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Since December 2016 when the groundbreaking bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cancer Moonshot bill”), proposed by then Vice President Joe Biden, was passed, the Library of Congress has hosted Cancer Moonshot panel discussions (Check the end of the post for links to recordings of past discussions). In February 2022, President Biden reignited the annual Cancer Moonshot with new goals to decrease the number of cancer deaths by 50% over the next 25 years.

The Library’s Health Services Division (HSD) and Science Section are happy to announce its 2023 Cancer Moonshot panel theme and speakers.  This year the focus will be on artificial intelligence (AI) in cancer diagnostics and treatment. In consultation with Library alumnus, Dr. Tomoko Y. Steen, the Library has invited leading scientists who work on artificial intelligence for cancer screening, immunotherapy, imaging and the ethics involved in using AI to provide their valuable insight on this important topic.


  • Catharine Young, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director for Cancer Moonshot Policy and International Engagement and works in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to advance the Cancer Moonshot goals. Assistant Director Young will give us a look into the Moonshot initiative and the progress being made. Young is an advocate for women in STEM and has been a contributor to major social and media networks, including TED-Ed, the Guardian and the UK Science and Innovation Network.
  • Dr. Brian Betts, Vice Chair, Strategic Initiatives in the Department of Medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, University at Buffalo. Dr. Betts’ work focuses on improving outcomes for cancer patients. He is a co-inventor of the first human CD83-targeted CAR T cell for GVHD prevention and treatment, as well as a cell therapy against CD83+ acute myeloid leukemia.
  • Alan B. McMillan, Ph.D., Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Professor McMillian’s current lab team is focused on integrating advanced modeling, data science, and physics-based approaches to improve medical imaging, particularly for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET).
  • Dr. Laura Rozek, Professor of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center and Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Rozek’s focus is in integrating molecular and epidemiology data from studies of head, neck, and colorectal cancer to determine strategies for prevention and/or survival. She is also involved in global initiatives focused on cervical cancer screening and treatment.

The program is open to everyone. Registration is required. For media interested in this program, please email the Library’s Office of Communications [email protected]

Cancer Moonshot 2023 AI and Cancer: Cancer Diagnostics and Treatment with AI Technology

December 5th from 11am-1pm E.S.T.

Register using the following link:

Illustration is being used to represent artificial intelligence. It consists of a side profile of a robot head with the back of the head transforming into bytes and letters.
Image sourced from the National Human Genome Research Institute.

For more information or to submit questions to the panel please use our Science Ask-a-Librarian Service and refer to “Cancer Moonshot.” 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].

For those unable to attend this program, a recording will be posted on the Library of Congress Event Videos collection page and on the Library’s YouTube channel “Topics in Science” playlist in the coming months. In the meantime, check out some of our past Cancer Moonshot programs:

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  1. Considering cigarette smoking is the greatest contributor to cancer, I would hope you will have Dr. Califf (FDA) and Dr. King (CTP) who are focused in prevention. Reducing the amount of nicotine in combustible cigarettes to low or non-addictive levels would help prevent a new generation of Americans from becoming the next cancer death statistics. I am losing another relative to cancer. He was given two months. 480,000 Americans/year suffer a premature death from combustible cigarettes smoking. Please focus on prevention and don’t allow Big Tobacco to continue killing our loved ones.

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