Cancer Moonshot Summit to be held June 29 at CTRC

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Free and open to public – register by June 21

Center to host researchers, oncologists, philanthropists, patients, advocates

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio will host one of hundreds of summits held around the country on June 29 in conjunction with the Cancer Moonshot Summit held in Washington, D.C. The goal of the Cancer Moonshot is to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care over the next five years and to ultimately end cancer as we know it.

The deadline for the public to register for the summit at CTRC is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 21. The Cancer Moonshot Summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29.

Vice President Joe Biden last month called for the summits to take place. A video of his remarks from Washington, D.C., will be shown at 10 a.m. during the summit.

“The Moonshot cannot be achieved by one person, one organization, one discipline or even one collective approach,” Vice President Biden said. “Solving the complexities of cancer will require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation and accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and — ultimately — a cure. It’s going to require millions of Americans speaking up and contributing what they’re able. That’s what the Cancer Moonshot Summit is all about.”

The event is free to the public, including complimentary parking at the CTRC. Individuals and organizations may register by June 21 at the CTRC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1129085653801978/. Alternatively, the public may RSVP at (210) 450-1018 or durhamk@uthscsa.edu.

The CTRC is located at 7979 Wurzbach Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229 and is in the South Texas Medical Center.

The Cancer Moonshot Summit is aimed at creating action and fostering collaborations around the goals of the Cancer Moonshot. The Cancer Moonshot Summit will be the first time that stakeholders representing all types of cancers will convene under one national charge.

Attendees at summits across the nation include leaders representing the entire cancer community – including researchers, doctors, scientists, philanthropists, community oncologists, advocates, patients and survivors.

In January, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum <https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/28/memorandum-white-house-cancer-moonshot-task-force> establishing a first-of-its-kind federal task force to end cancer as we know it. The task force, chaired by Vice President Biden, is comprised of leaders from every federal agency that has a part to play in addressing cancer. The administration also announced a new $1 billion initiative <https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/01/fact-sheet-investing-national-cancer-moonshot> to jumpstart the Cancer Moonshot.

The CTRC and its director, Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., professor of urology in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center, are the facilitating hosts in San Antonio.

The CTRC, a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, is part of UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas.  A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.  For more information, visit www.ctrc.net.



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