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Cancer Experts Available to Discuss Vice President Biden’s Moonshot Initiative and Summit - 06/23/2016

Cancer Experts Available to Discuss Vice President Biden’s Moonshot Initiative and Summit

Release Date: June 23, 2016
Elizabeth Jaffee
Elizabeth Jaffee
Johns Hopkins Medicine

What will it take to move cancer research forward? That’s the focus of a summit convened by Vice President Joe Biden at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on June 29. The gathering will include patients, cancer clinicians, scientists, industry leaders and others to discuss topics including how to accelerate the pace of cancer research discoveries and data sharing, improve access to care, remove regulatory barriers, and foster collaboration among scientists and industry partners.

The following experts are available to speak with reporters about the vice president’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative:

  • Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer, associate director of the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel for Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Jaffee is an expert on immunotherapy.
     
  • William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Nelson’s research expertise is in prostate cancer, precision medicine, genomic sequencing and cancer disparities.  

Background:

Blog post by Greg Simon, executive director for Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force: http://medium.com/cancer-moonshot/the-cancer-moonshot-achieving-lift-off-aa22a1b37c43#.lxzi4ynct

Vice President Joe Biden helped Johns Hopkins launch its Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Watch the vice president’s remarks during the launch (at 35 min) at http://youtu.be/-jYIMvmEvoU.

For the Media

Contacts:

Vanessa Wasta
410-614-2916
wasta@jhmi.edu

Amy Mone
410-614-2915
amone@jhmi.edu