By Tony Kerlavage, Ph.D., Chief of the CBIIT Cancer Informatics Branch and lead for the CGC Pilots

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We’re certainly in the midst of the era of big data, and it’s not a stretch to say that big data is changing many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, and how we learn.

Given the immense complexity of cancer — from the molecular circuitry of a cancer cell to the systems of care needed to meet the needs of those diagnosed with cancer — big data also has the potential to transform what we know about, and how we approach cancer. …


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The Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) report outlines 10 bold science initiatives that, if realized, will make major contributions toward achieving a decade’s worth of progress against cancer in five years. By bringing together experts across disciplines and sectors across the cancer community, the BRP built upon decades of scientific knowledge to identify areas of research that are poised for rapid acceleration. Ultimately, the blueprint put forth by the BRP sets the stage for rapid progress in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship — all while promoting health equity — to improve the lives of patients and their loved ones.


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By Dinah Singer, PhD, Co-chair, Vice President’s Cancer Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel, Acting Deputy Director, National Cancer Institute, and Director, Division of Cancer Biology, NCI

When the Cancer Moonshot’s Blue Ribbon Panel asked the American public and cancer experts for their ideas on priority research areas to fund under this initiative, it was anybody’s guess as to what we would receive. Would people send in personal stories? Or would responses be technical or research related?

Two months later, we were gratified by the breadth and quality of the responses. Through an online portal called CancerResearchIdeas.cancer.gov, and a public email box and phone line, we received more than 1,600 ideas and comments for accelerating progress against cancer — some truly novel, most substantive, sensible, and patient-centric. …

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