Neurosurgeon Introduces President Biden During Cancer Moonshot Announcement
On Feb. 2, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced a series of new steps to “reignite” the Cancer Moonshot initiative, with the goal of “ending cancer as we know it” by halving the number of cancer deaths in the United States in the next 25 years. The Cancer Moonshot was initially established in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama to support cancer research and enable progress in treatment and care. It was originally authorized through the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255) in December 2016, which included $1.8 billion for the Moonshot over seven years.
In introducing the president, Edjah Nduom, MD, FAANS, associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine, addressed the importance of the initiative in catalyzing cancer research. Referring to the president as the country’s “patient advocate-in-chief,” Dr. Nduom stated that “as a neurosurgeon scientist, constantly thinking of ways to treat cancer patients, to fight cancer, and seeing countless patients every year, I can confidently say this is the most exciting moment in the history of our field.”
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