The in­au­gu­ral moon shots

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The pro­gram, ini­tially tar­get­ing eight can­cers, will bring to­gether siz­able mul­tidis­ci­plinary groups of MD An­der­son re­searchers and clin­i­cians to mount com­pre­hen­sive at­tacks on:

• acute myeloid leukemia/

myelodys­plas­tic syn­drome; • chronic lym­pho­cytic leukemia; • melanoma; • lung can­cer; • prostate can­cer, and • triple-neg­a­tive breast and ovar­ian can­cers -

two can­cers linked at the molec­u­lar level.

Six moon shot teams, rep­re­sent­ing th­ese eight can­cers, were se­lected based on rig­or­ous cri­te­ria that as­sess not only the cur­rent state of sci­en­tific knowl­edge of the disease across the en­tire can­cer care con­tin­uum from preven­tion to sur­vivor­ship, but also the strength and breadth of the as­sem­bled teams and the po­ten­tial for near-term mea­sur­able success in terms of can­cer mor­tal­ity. Each moon shot will re­ceive an in­fu­sion of funds and other re­sources needed to work on am­bi­tious and in­no­va­tive projects pri­or­i­tized for pa­tient im­pact, rang­ing from ba­sic and trans­la­tional re­search to biomarker-driven novel clin­i­cal tri­als, to be­hav­ioral in­ter­ven­tions and pub­lic pol­icy ini­tia­tives.

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