UAMS to Host Cancer Moonshot Summit in Conjunction with Vice President Biden June 29

By Susan Van Dusen

The summit is set for 12:30-2:30 p.m. June 29 on the 10th floor of the UAMS Cancer Institute. Registration will begin at noon.

There is no cost to attend, and pre-registration is not required. Lunch will be provided to the first 100 attendees. Limited parking is available in parking deck 3 at the corner of Cedar and Capitol.

The UAMS event is being held in conjunction with the National Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Biden on June 29 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Cancer centers and other organizations across the country are offering simultaneous events to give the entire cancer community — researchers, doctors, nurses, philanthropists, advocates, survivors and others — an opportunity to discuss progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

During his 2016 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the establishment of a National Cancer Moonshot Initiative to accelerate cancer research. The initiative, led by Biden, aims to bring about a decade’s worth of advances in five years, making more therapies available to more patients, while also improving the ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.