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Elsevier and The Cancer Moonshot Recap

By: , Posted on: December 21, 2016

In case you missed it, Elsevier hosted an event titled “the Next Giant Leap: Making The Cancer Moonshot a Reality” in Boston, MA on November 16th. The event featured a panel of experts, each approaching cancer research and care from a different perspective, who discussed the challenges ahead and ways to foster support and collaboration for the greater good.

Here are some of the key points from the evening’s successful event:

There were 100+ attendees from Dana Farber, Merrimack University, eHealth, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, GlobalCures, Novartis, MIT, Rubius Therapeutics, MN Ventures, DNA Nexus, Mass General, Brigham and Women’s, UMass Medical School, Northeastern, Kochevar Research Associates, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Boston Scientific.

Panels identified the areas most needing our attention within the broader aims of the Cancer Moonshot. These areas include improving access to and participation in clinical trails, emphasizing early detection and primary prevention, and improving our existing eHealth infrastructure.

The panel also noted that although survivorship was not specifically identified as a key area of focus by the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel, creating better support that meets the unique needs of cancer survivors – both medically and for their overall wellbeing — will be instrumental going forward, as more and more people each year are able to either be cured or live with cancer as a manageable, chronic illness.

Attendees and panelists found the event engaging and informative with Dr. Bradford Hesse noting, “Personally, I felt that the panel was somehow greater than the sum of its parts. …I came away with some expanded spheres of thought and learned much from all of you.”

The featured keynote speaker of the night was:

Dr. William Kaelin, Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Director, Basic Science, for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center

The panelists who participated were:

David Ahern, Special Advisor, HCIRB, HDRP, National Cancer Institute, Director, Program in Behavioral Informatics and eHealth, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


Bradford Hesse, Chief of the NCI’s Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch; Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD, USA


Ellen Beckjord, Director, Population Health Program Design and Engagement Optimization, UPMC Health Plan, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Mark Kelley, Betty and Earl Herr Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research; Associate Director, Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research; Associate Director for Basic Science Research, Simon Cancer Center, Indiana University School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


Huiping Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA


Justin Lathia, Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (NC10), Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, OH, USA


Michael Birrer, Director of Medical Gynecologic Oncology, the Gynecologic Oncology Research Program, Gillette Center for Gynecologic Oncology, Medicine, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

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