Feb 18, 2016 10:00 AM

panel announcing the cancer moonshot pediatrics consortium

In a press conference today, Cancer MoonShot 2020 announced the formation of the Pediatrics Consortium. This group of researchers will share information and focus on bringing the promise of combined immunotherapy as the next-generation standard of cancer care to children diagnosed with the disease. Joshua Schiffman, MD, HCI investigator and professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah, serves as a member of the consortium.

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents) and an estimated 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016.

Senator John McCain

From left: U.S. Senator John McCain, Cancer MoonShot leader Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, and HCI investigator Joshua Schiffman, MD

“This effort offers a unique and timely opportunity to harness the power of genomic translation to eventually help the thousands of children diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States,” said Schiffman. “We are very pleased to contribute to this initiative.”

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