This year has been eventful and exciting as we take our place at the forefront of cancer breakthroughs and policy while continuing to bring state-of-the-art cancer care to all New Mexicans.
In late January, President Obama announced his cancer initiative in his State of the Union Address. Vice President Biden is leading this initiative and I was invited to brief the scientific staffs of President Obama and Vice President Biden in February. I was invited to play a larger role in these efforts nationwide and attended the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, DC, on June 29.
We were recently awarded a subcontract as a Center of Excellence in the National Cancer Institute’s Chemical Biology Consortium. The University of New
Mexico received $375,000 for infrastructure and project costs. Dr. Larry Sklar will lead this new center that will enhance drug discovery and development.
Thanks to a $250,000 state appropriation, we have helped eligible women receive “Free 3D” mammograms. Studies have shown that women are called back 15 percent fewer times because the 3D picture helps radiologists make a diagnosis more confidently. We’re thrilled to be able to help so many women in New Mexico.
We hope you enjoy this update from the UNM Cancer Center, which includes many more stories. Please visit us online to stay up-to-date. And, as always, we welcome your feedback.