May 15, 2016

UAMS to Host Cancer Moonshot Summit in Conjunction with Vice President Biden June 29

LITTLE ROCK — A local summit hosted by the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on June 29 will give Arkansans the opportunity to learn about and participate in the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative led by Vice President Joe Biden.

The summit is set for 12:30-2:30 p.m. June 29 on the 10th floor of the UAMS Cancer Institute. Registration will begin at noon.

There is no cost to attend, and pre-registration is not required. Lunch will be provided to the first 100 attendees. Limited parking is available in parking deck 3 at the corner of Cedar and Capitol.

The UAMS event is being held in conjunction with the National Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Biden on June 29 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Cancer centers and other organizations across the country are offering simultaneous events to give the entire cancer community — researchers, doctors, nurses, philanthropists, advocates, survivors and others — an opportunity to discuss progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

During his 2016 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the establishment of a National Cancer Moonshot Initiative to accelerate cancer research. The initiative, led by Biden, aims to bring about a decade’s worth of advances in five years, making more therapies available to more patients, while also improving the ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage.