Event: “The Next Giant Leap: Making the Cancer Moonshot a Reality”

Oncology researchers will gather in Boston to discuss the future of cancer treatment

“The Next Giant Leap” panel is on Wednesday, November 16, from 2 to 5:30 pm in Boston. Admission is free, but space is limited. Register here.

How can we accelerate cancer care? How do we remove roadblocks and work across the aisle? What role do data-sharing and informatics play? How can we increase survivorship for more patients?

Oncology experts will address these questions on November 16 in Boston as part of a national conversation about cancer research and the goals of the White House Cancer Moonshot initiative. Organized by Elsevier, “The Next Giant Leap” will feature a panel of experts, each approaching cancer research and care from a different perspective.

The aim of the Cancer Moonshot is "to make a decade worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in five years." The panelists will discuss the challenges ahead and ways to foster support and collaboration to advance treatment and care. Topics include the role of data and technology in the future of cancer care, and how to increase survivorship for more patients.

The keynote speaker will be 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.

His talk will be followed by a panel of leading researchers, who will discuss improving access to clinical trials, the impact of data sharing and e-health on patients and care providers, and how collaboration across all sectors can be improved. They include:

  • 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 and coauthor of Oncology Informatics;
  • 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 and coauthor of Oncology Informatics;
  • Ellen Beckjord, Director, Population Health Program Design and Engagement Optimization, UPMC Health Plan, Pittsburgh and coauthor of Oncology Informatics;
  • 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
  • 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
  • Justin Lathia, Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (NC10), Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland
  • Michael Birrer, Director of Medical Gynecologic Oncology, the Gynecologic Oncology Research Program, Gillette Center for Gynecologic Oncology, Medicine, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

This is the first in a series of initiatives Elsevier is leading regarding the Cancer Moonshot. Future articles will feature the data on cancer research globally.

To attend

The Next Great Leap: Making the Cancer Moonshot a Reality is on Wednesday, November 16, from 2 to 5:30 pm at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. It will be followed by a reception. Admission is free, but space is limited. Register here.



Written by

Lisa Eppich

Written by

Lisa Eppich

Lisa Eppich has been an Editorial Project Manager for Elsevier’s Research and Reference Content group for the past two years. In addition to developing many of Elsevier’s cancer research, genetics and regenerative medicine books, she enjoys working with authors to help tell their personal stories and share their exciting and important research through blog posts, interviews and other media. Prior to working at Elsevier, Lisa earned her BA at Middlebury College in Vermont and has worked as a writer and production assistant for several prominent pop culture websites. She is based in Boston.


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