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Douglas R. Lowy, M.D.The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is excited to announce that Douglas R. Lowy, MD, Acting Director of National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been added as a Plenary Speaker at AAPM’s 58th Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Dr. Lowy is a renowned cancer researcher who has earned many awards for his research throughout his distinguished career. In addition to serving as Acting Director of the NCI, Dr. Lowy serves on the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force.

Dr. Lowy will address the AAPM Annual Meeting during the Plenary Session on Wednesday, August 3rd at 12:15 p.m. His presentation, NCI-Supported Research Activities: The Moonshot and More, will highlight the work of NCI and the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

As the head of the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training, Dr. Lowy is responsible for the Center’s annual budget of over $5 billion.

The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. NCI is currently funding several research initiatives on imaging and radiation therapy including research to better understand how to use immunotherapies in combination with targeted therapies and treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Dr. Lowy will discuss the White House National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, and the role that the NCI is playing in these groundbreaking research efforts. The National Cancer Moonshot Initiative was announced in President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address with one ultimate goal: “To double the rate of progress toward a cure.” AAPM wholeheartedly believes in the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative and is honored to have this opportunity to hear from Dr. Lowy on such an important initiative to our members and the patients we treat.

To learn more about Dr. Lowy, the National Cancer Institute, or the White House’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, please visit the websites for the NCI and the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative below:

The National Cancer Institute:
www.cancer.gov/about-nci

The White House National Cancer Moonshot Initiative:
www.whitehouse.gov/CancerMoonshot

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