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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

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:

For additional information about the Cancer Moonshot initiative visit: