Sometimes it is hard to keep up with all of the information out there on cancer, so when a friend of mine was at MD Anderson talking about Moon Shots on Twitter, I was excited to see it. From the website:
The Moon Shots Program initially targets eight cancers, selected based on rigorous criteria: the current state of scientific knowledge across the continuum from cancer prevention to survivorship; the strength and breadth of the assembled teams; and the potential for measurable success in reducing cancer deaths.
The selected cancers are:
- Triple-negative breast and ovarian, which are linked at the molecular level
- Leukemia (AML/MDS)
- Leukemia (CLL)
Each moon shot team will receive funding and other resources needed for ambitious and innovative research ideas, prioritized for patient impact, ranging from basic research and biomarker-driven clinical trials to behavioral interventions and public policy initiatives.
Full implementation of the Moon Shots Program begins in February 2013.