LSU HEALTH NEW ORLEANS TO HOST CANCER MOONSHOT SUMMIT

LSU HEALTH NEW ORLEANS TO HOST CANCER MOONSHOT SUMMIT

06/20/2016

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LSU HEALTH NEW ORLEANS TO HOST CANCER MOONSHOT SUMMIT

New Orleans, LA – Dr. Augusto Ochoa, Director of the LSU Health New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, is hosting the Cancer Moonshot Summit for New Orleans on Wednesday, June 29, from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m., at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, 1700 Tulane Avenue. Vice President Joe Biden is convening a National Cancer Moonshot Summit to bring individuals and organizations representing the entire cancer community (researchers, doctors, scientists, philanthropists, community oncologists, advocates, patients and survivors) together for the first time under the national charge to double the rate of progress toward a cure. Dr. Ochoa is the only person from Louisiana and one of only 28 experts nationally named to the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel, which is helping guide the scientific direction of  Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

The Summit includes special engagement from the Vice President, whose remarks will be livestreamed, as well as an update on the Blue Ribbon Panel’s activities and research progress. Inclusive discussions will cover clinical trials, treatment and survivorship, philanthropy, and advocacy and will brainstorm ideas to double the rate of progress toward a cure. The Summit is free and open to the public, and all who have an interest and ideas are encouraged to participate. Registration is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L87SPTV.

According to the National Cancer Institute, community input is critical to the success of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Indeed, the success of the initiative will depend on breaking down silos and encouraging everyone with an interest in fighting cancer to work together, share information, and collaborate on solutions.

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