Clinton Vows to Support Cancer Moonshot

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Clinton Vows to Support Cancer Moonshot

Janice Lloyd

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has reemphasized her strong support for biomedical research by promising to back the Cancer Moonshot initiative.

One of President Barack Obama’s three biomedical research initiatives, Cancer Moonshot is the one which he entrusted to Vice President Joe Biden. Biden lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer in 2015. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide.

“To start, Congress should fulfill the administration’s request for Moonshot funding next year,” Clinton said in a statement.

Cancer was ranked the most important health issue facing people in America today in a recent national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama established Cancer Moonshot to accelerate research for new therapies and preventions. He asked Congress for $1 billion in funding.

“Cancer does not discriminate, and I believe leaders of both parties can come together to tackle this disease as part of a comprehensive effort to improve medical research across diseases, both by restoring robust funding to the National Institutes of Health, including the National Cancer Institute, and by harnessing the power of the private sector,” Clinton added.

During a campaign event with Vice President Biden Monday in Scranton, PA, Clinton praised him and said, if elected, she’d ask him to keep working on the initiative.

“Together, we will seize this moment,’’ she said. “Together, we will make cancer as we know it a disease of the past.” Earlier in her campaign, she made commitments to fund research for Alzheimer’s disease and autism.

During 2016, funding to the National Institutes of Health increased for the first time in 12 years, amounting to about a 6% raise.

“By combining new funding with creative approaches, we will not only catalyze progress against cancer: We will strengthen the nation’s entire scientific enterprise,’’ Clinton said.

Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, both Republicans and chairmen of the congressional subcommittees in charge of NIH funding, were supportive of pleas for more funding.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has not commented on his plans for the future of biomedical research.


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