Cancer Prevention Institute of California Researcher Named to National Cancer Moonshot Working Group

Population sciences and health disparities perspective will be essential for working group as it considers the major opportunities to accelerate cancer research.


FREMONT, CA (May 5, 2016) Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., M.P.H., an epidemiologist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California(CPIC) and the Stanford University School of Medicine, joins the Implementation Science Working Group of the National Cancer Institute’s Blue Ribbon Panel

The panel is charged with providing advice on the vision, proposed scientific goals, and implementation of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative led by Vice President Joe Biden. 
Introduced by President Obama in January, the National Cancer Moonshot aims to prevent cancer, to detect it at an early stage and to make more therapies available to more patients. 

Gomez was invited by Douglas Lowy, M.D., acting director of the NCI, to join Implementation Science, one of seven Blue Ribbon Panel focus areas. Each working group, comprised of 10 to 12 members, will evaluate the obstacles and opportunities in cancer research.

”It is an honor to be a part of this distinguished group, and to have the opportunity to help inform the scientific direction for one of the most important national initiatives for reducing the burden of cancer in the U.S. CPIC brings a population sciences and health disparities perspective that will be essential for the Implementation Sciences Working Group as it considers the major opportunities to accelerate cancer research in fulfilling the goals of the Moonshot.”

The panel will report the Working Group's recommendations to the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) in late summer. The NCAB will review the panel's recommendations and send its report to the NCI director, who will, in turn, submit a final set of recommendations to the Cancer Moonshot Task Force by September 2016. 

About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California


The Cancer Prevention Institute of California is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the work of the Stanford Cancer Institute, can make our vision of a world without cancer a reality. For more information, visit CPIC’s official website at www.cpic.org

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