CR-PSOC Leader Advises on President’s Cancer Moonshot 2020

On March 25th, Thomas V. O’Halloran (Chemistry) addressed the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on the “cancer moonshot” initiative described by President Obama in his State of the Union address.  O’Halloran was asked to address the Council in his capacity as director of the Chicago Region Physical Science-Oncology Center.  His talk focused on the need to integrate large scale teams of oncologists and cancer biologists with researchers in the physical sciences, complex systems, data mining and materials sciences.  Current cancer research is concentrated upon molecular pathways involved in cancer and is driven by cancer researchers trained in the life sciences.  He proposed the creation of a large scale national network of centers that will collaborate on early diagnosis and treatment of cancer using the tools and perspectives of the physical sciences.

This proposal has its genesis in the successes of Northwestern’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute in large-scale team science built on collaboration among scientists and clinicians across a broad range of disciplines.  A remarkable aspect of this capability is the Institute’s ability to “plug and play” diverse teams across a broad range of important biomedical topics.

View video of Director O’Halloran’s address at the following web address. His talk starts at the 22 minute mark.