Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida host Biomedical Research Roundtable

April 21, 2014

Who: Moffitt Cancer Center, the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida; University of South Florida; and U.S. Reps. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL) and David W. Jolly (R-FL).

What: Moffitt and USF will convene a roundtable discussion featuring U.S. Representatives Ross, Castor and Jolly, physicians and researchers, and local business and economic development organizations to highlight the importance of biomedical research to the Tampa Bay area. The event will focus on the great strides that Moffitt and USF have made through partnerships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the impact research discoveries at both institutions have made on patients with cancer and other diseases, and the current and future outlook for biomedical research funding. 

Panelists for the event include:

  •          Alan List, M.D., chief executive officer of Moffitt
  •          Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H., center director of Moffitt
  •          Judy Genshaft, Ph.D., president of the University of South Florida
  •          Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., senior vice president for research & innovation, USF
  •          John Schueler, chief operating officer, Tampa Bay Partnership

Topics to be discussed include:

  •          The economic impact of biomedical research to the Tampa Bay region;  including intellectual property and new companies generated by research discoveries;
  •          The effects of reduced federal funding on the overall pace of discovery and development to take those innovations from the lab bench to the patient;
  •          The effects of reduced federal funding on the recruitment and retention of scientists.

In addition to members of Florida's Congressional delegation, the event will be attended by members of Moffitt’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee, as well as researchers, post-doctoral fellows and others involved in scientific discoveries at the cancer center and USF.

When: Monday, May 12, 9:30-11 a.m.

Where: Ted Couch Auditorium, Moffitt Cancer Center’s Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33612

Media is invited to attend and will have the opportunity to interview panelists after the event. Reporters and photographers interested in attending are asked to contact Moffitt’s Public Relations department at 813-745-1355.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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