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Cancer Moonshot: The Search for a Cure

May 6, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Established in 2016 with strong bipartisan support, the Cancer Moonshot is marshalling resources across the federal government to speed progress in cancer research and to improve cancer prevention. Five years later, is science on the road to prevention and cure? A panel of expert researchers will discuss the current state and future of cancer research.

The moderator

Margot Sanger-Katz is a domestic correspondent at The New York Times, where she covers health care for The Upshot, the Times site about politics, economics, and everyday life. She is also a regular panelist on Kaiser Health News’s What The Health? podcast. She was previously a reporter at National Journal and the Concord Monitor, and an editor at Legal Affairs Magazine and the Yale Alumni Magazine. In 2014, she completed a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. She can be found on Twitter at @sangerkatz.


The panel

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction, and The Laws of Medicine. Dr. Mukherjee’s The Gene: An Intimate History is his latest work—the story of the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans, that governs our form, function, and fate, and determines the future of our children. Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in NatureThe New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and Cell.


Roy Jensen, MD, has been Director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center since 2004. With his guidance, the center achieved National Cancer Institute designation in July 2012 and is currently one of 71 NCI-designated centers across the country. Dr. Jensen graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1984 and remained there to complete a residency in anatomic pathology and a surgical pathology fellowship.


Dr. Dinah Singer is Deputy Director for Scientific Strategy and Development at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She has also served as the Director of the Division of Cancer Biology (DCB), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), since 1999, while simultaneously serving as Senior Investigator and Chief of the Molecular Regulation Section of the Experimental Immunology Branch. She came to NCI as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry after receiving her BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Singer’s research interests are in the areas of regulation of transcription, gene expression and molecular immunology. She serves in leadership positions on a variety of trans-NIH scientific and administrative committees, including NIH Common Fund initiatives.


Accessing the Program

This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. Your link to join the program will be included in the confirmation email and on the confirmation screen after you complete your registration.


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The program will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page.


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This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.


May 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Linda Hall Library



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