Fw: VPOTUS Pool Report Memorial

From: Winslow, Ron
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 16:56
To: Goodman, Meghan K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS Pool Report Memorial

VPOTUS on visit to Rockefeller Research Laboratories, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Thursday May 26.

VPOTUS arrived at lab of leukemia researcher Ross Levine at 3:17 pm.  Several researchers in his lab are also present   A focus of the lab is on the epigenetics of the disease, that is, factors involved in whether genes are turned off or on and in other functions that regulate genes rather than mutations in the genes themselves.

Alan Shih, physician-scientist, told the Vice President that the lab is working with one drug that has resulted in "remarkable responses" for some patients. But many patients don't respond, Dr Shih said, and the lab is especially interested in understanding why.

"That's kind of the story with all cancers," VPOTUS said.

VPOTUS indicated he is concerned by lack of data sharing among different research labs working on similar problems.

"Why is there not a greater sharing of information that is available in real time?" he asked.

When one of the scientists mentioned privacy,  VPOTUS said he can solve the privacy issue. "That's not a problem, that's an excuse," he said.

VPOTUS spent several minutes talking to other researchers in Dr Levine's lab.  Most of the conversations couldn't be fully heard. VPOTUS  took time to thank all of them for the work they do.

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Please note:  VPOTUS didn't make any remarks to the pool after the lab tour ended (around 3:40 pm - I didn't get exact time). So there won't be an additional report on his tour of the lab).
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