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	October 19, 2016


To the University Community:


Vice President Joe Biden will lead a roundtable discussion at The 
University of Vermont on Friday, Oct. 21 to promote the $1 billion 
national “Cancer Moonshot” initiative, which is aiming to rapidly 
accelerate the pace of development of effective cancer prevention, 
diagnosis and treatment strategies.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will welcome Biden to Vermont, and UVM 
President Tom Sullivan will welcome Biden and Leahy to UVM. Roundtable 
discussion participants will be announced at a later time.

The event will be held in the Davis Center’s Grand Maple Ballroom at UVM 
at 10:15 a.m.

Limited tickets will be issued by invitation to UVM students, faculty, 
staff and special guests, as well as medical community members 
affiliated with The University of Vermont Health Network, as well as 
leaders from the UVM Cancer Center. Due to limited seating, tickets will 
not be available to the general public. The event can be viewed via 
webcast beginning at 10 a.m. from the following link: Cancer Moonshot 
Event <http://ustre.am/1vcjZ>

During his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama 
called on Biden to lead the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative to “eliminate 
cancer as we know it.” The initiative is working to accelerate research; 
enhance data access; and facilitate collaborations among researchers, 
physicians, patients, patient advocates philanthropies, and 
biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. The initiative’s goal is to 
achieve a decade’s worth of advances in five years. On Monday the White 
House published a Cancer Moonshot report, which draws on months of task 
force deliberations and outlines a series of strategic goals. The report 
is available at: 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/final-whcmtf-report-1012161.pdf

For additional information about the Cancer Moonshot initiative visit: 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/CancerMoonshot