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UC ramps up role for White House’s Cancer Moonshot

At the White House’s Cancer Moonshot Summit on Wednesday, June 29, Vice President Joe Biden announced new actions to speed progress toward ending cancer as we know it, with several efforts involving UC.

The Cancer Moonshot aims to double the rate of progress – to make a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care in five years. The activities announced on June 29 include:

  • UC committed to a new transformative model for health care delivery for breast cancer patients.
  • A strategic computing partnership between the National Cancer Institute and several national laboratories, including Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos, to apply advanced supercomputing to analyze preclinical and molecular interaction data.
  • The creation of an open access resource for sharing cancer data through the NCI’s Genomic Data Commons, which involves UC scientists.

Hundreds of researchers, medical professionals and industry leaders gathered together at the summit in Washington, D.C., including Laura Esserman, who is director of the UC San Francisco Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. Esserman led the UC breast cancer proposal, titled “OneSource,” a joint commitment from the UC Office of the President, UC Health, the Athena Breast Health Network, Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative and Salesforce.

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