Today, the Blue Ribbon Panel of advisers for Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative presented a set of 10 recommendations for research opportunities worthy of investment. While these recommendations do not cover every corner of cancer research, they provide a framework for building on the progress we’ve made to help more scientists collaborate, make new discoveries in how cancers form, better predict patients’ responses to therapies and begin to erase some of the disparities that occur in cancer care. The National Cancer Advisory Board has accepted the recommendations, and I applaud the work of the Board and Blue Ribbon Panel, both led by the Kimmel Cancer Center’s deputy director, Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D. We look forward to additional discussions on implementing these initiatives. This is an important opportunity to add resources and energy to the challenge of eradicating cancer, the world’s leading killer.
--William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Director
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins