Lymphoma Research Foundation Hosts New York City Biden Cancer Community Summit

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Summit to Explore National Efforts to Support the Next Generation of Lymphoma Scientists

“The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Summit will explore the ways in which early career investigator programs both foster collaboration and advance scientific discovery,” said Foundation Chief Executive Officer Meghan Gutierrez.

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the eradication of lymphoma – will today host a Biden Cancer Summit in New York City to explore the challenges faced by scientists seeking to pursue a career in cancer research and patient care.

The Summit, which will be moderated by Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Quality Informatics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Chair-Elect of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board, will feature a panel of scientific experts in the field of cancer research. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will host a national summit in Washington and are encouraging organizations to host their own events to join the discussion.

“The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Summit will explore the ways in which early career investigator programs both foster collaboration and advance scientific discovery,” said Foundation Chief Executive Officer Meghan Gutierrez. “Noting the pace with which research, new cancer treatments and patient care continues to evolve, innovative programming is required to adequately train the next generation of scientists.”

After the conclusion of the Summit, the Foundation will publish an action plan, highlighting the ways in which the cancer community can support early career scientists and establish national priorities to ensure sustainable support for the next generation of cancer investigators.

“The goal of the Biden Cancer Summit is to show progress from partners and to engage communities to tell us what issues most plague them, and to bring all resources possible to the fight to identify issues and solutions that matter locally and nationally,” shared Vice President Joe Biden. “We are at an inflection point in the understanding and treatment of cancer and are starting to break down barriers and change the culture in ways that are needed to deliver what patients deserve – a cancer research and care system that puts saving lives above all else. The commitments we have received, including that of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, bring us closer to developing the right systems, the right culture to get us there.”

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded nearly $60 million in lymphoma-specific research. For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

About the Biden Cancer Initiative
The Biden Cancer Initiative is an independent nonprofit organization committed to developing and driving the implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.

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