A crowd of more than 260 people packed a room at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Texas Medical Center yesterday (Wednesday, June 29) in support of the inaugural national Cancer Moonshot Summit convened at the request of Vice President Joe Biden. The summit was the first time physicians, patients, survivors, advocates, tech experts, philanthropists and researchers gathered to brainstorm new ways to double the rate of progress against cancer over the next five years. Ideas generated from 260 events held in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam will be forwarded to the national Cancer Moonshot for consideration.
MD Anderson’s event featured a panel discussion led by President Ronald A. DePinho, M.D. (far right). Participating on the panel (from right to left) were State Rep. Sarah Davis; Devon Still, Houston Texan and founder, Still Strong Foundation; Dr. Lois Ramondetta, professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, MD Anderson; Dr. J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer, American Cancer Society; Dr. Patrick Hwu, head, Division of Medicine, MD Anderson; Bree Sandlin, breast cancer survivor and advocate; Chris Belmont, vice president and chief information officer.