Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center to host 'Cancer Moonshot' event

Cancer Moonshot

Holden Cancer Center was pleased to participate in Vice President Joe Biden's "National Cancer Moonshot" summits. These summits were the first time that individuals and organizations representing the entire cancer community and beyond—researchers, oncologists, care providers, philanthropists, data and tech experts, advocates, patients, and survivors—came together under the national charge to double the rate of progress to end cancer as we know it.

You can watch the Iowa Cancer Moonshot Summit on the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Facebook page, but it is not over. Let's keep the momentum going.

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During his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama announced the establishment of a National Cancer Moonshot initiative, led by Vice President Biden, to focus on maximizing federal research funding, private sector support from industry and philanthropy, patient engagement efforts, and other mechanisms to support cancer research and enable progress in cancer treatment and care.

The Iowa event was hosted by Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services-Region VII.

The event, hosted on June 29, 2016, included:

  • Comments from Vice President Biden via live stream video
  • A brief video presentation
  • A roundtable discussion moderated by Ben Kieffer from Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River”
  • Questions, answers, and comments from the audience

Meet the Iowa Summit Panel Members

  • Gary Streit, JD – American Cancer Society volunteer and past chair for the National Board of Directors for American Cancer Society
  • Christopher Squier, PhD – American Cancer Society volunteer, professor of dentistry, and cancer researcher in tobacco causes of oral cancers
  • Mohammed Milhem, MBBS – Deputy Director for Clinical Cancer Services, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, and researcher in melanoma and sarcoma
  • Margaret McCaffery, JD – Cancer research supporter and philanthropist
  • Mary Charlton, PhD – Department of Epidemiology, UI College of Public Health, and co-investigator with the statewide Iowa Cancer Registry
  • Adam Dupuy, PhD – Co-leader of the Cancer Genes and Pathway Program, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Associate Professor in Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Aaron Bossler, MD, PhD – Director of the Molecular Pathology laboratory, member of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Clinical Associate Professor in Department of Pathology
  • Laura Rogers, PhD – Postdoctoral fellow in a cancer research laboratory and researcher on how the immune system can be used to fight cancer
  • Robert Alberts – Cancer survivor and clinical trial participant
  • Geri Quinn, RN – Nurse manager of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center clinic and infusion suite