Duluth Cancer Moonshot Summit

Vice President Joe BidenEarlier this summer, over eighty people gathered at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus to accept the charge from Vice President, Joe Biden to make advances in cancer research. More than 260 sites around the United States convened for this one-day event. 

In his video address to participants, Biden challenged listeners to, “Imagine a day, perhaps when my grandchildren have children of their own, when the threat of cancer is a distant memory, when their children can be vaccinated for cancer as routinely as for measles or mumps.” The ultimate goal for Biden’s Moonshot Summit was to encourage researchers to accelerate their work in cancer research to make a decade’s worth of progress in five years.

Cancer Moonshot SummitThe Duluth event began with video remarks from Senator Al Franken and Representative Rick Nolan. After the keynote from the Vice President, participants were given the opportunity to visit with non-profits supporting cancer research including Charlene’s Light, Circle of Hope, and the Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research. Biotech companies assisting in cancer research also provided demonstrations. Lynne Bemis, chair of the biomedical sciences department, feels fortunate to partner with Biotech companies, “this partnership allows us to push our research into different areas.”