From: Stancill, Jane
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 5:14 PM
To: Dubyak, Meghan M. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool 2
After the lab tours at Duke, VPOTUS was part of a roundtable discussion with cancer doctors, researchers and other health professionals from Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
VPOTUS said he'd been "absolutely dumbfounded" by the response he'd received since POTUS appointed him to lead the cancer moonshot. He said he'd heard from thousands of survivors and met with 220 cancer researchers.
"The science is ready. The science is ready, it seems to me. Much more has to be done, but I believe we can make much faster progress."
It will require more money, but also more sharing of information, more collaboration and more breaking down of silos, he said.
VPOTUS said he was not naive that every cancer can be cured. But he added, there is a consensus that "we really are at an inflection point."
"I was stunned to learn how much has changed just in the last five years," he said.
higher education reporter
The News & Observer