Peter Adamson, MD, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and chair of the Children’s Oncology Group, joined the Blue Ribbon Panel for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), as a part of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s national Cancer Moonshot initiative.
The panel served as a working group of the presidentially appointed National Cancer Advisory Board, which Dr. Adamson was named to in June 2015 by President Obama. Panel members considered how to advance new approaches in cancer research, and in September, they issued issue 13 recommendations for the Cancer Moonshot, three of which focused on childhood cancer.
“For the Panel’s pediatric working group, we assembled leaders from around the country in a very short timeframe to identify innovative areas of science today that could accelerate progress in pediatric cancer,” Dr. Adamson said. “And we’re fortunate that many of the leaders in childhood cancer research are right here at CHOP, including Stephen Hunger, MD, chief of the division of Oncology and director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at CHOP, and John Maris, MD, a pediatric oncologist at CHOP and co-head of the Pediatric Cancer Dream Team, who are pursuing new treatments for the most challenging childhood cancers. As part of the working group, they helped us focus the discussion and think about transformative research ideas.”