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The War on Cancer: 41 Years after Nixon’s Declaration

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Location:
Student Activity Center (SAC) Auditorium (map)

Schedule:
Pre-lecture activities start at 5:45 p.m. Lecture followed by questions & answers from 7-8:15 p.m.

Web Broadcast:
The Live Webcast will start at 7pm. Please log on at least 15 minutes before start time to download the necessary plug-ins to ensure proper viewing.

Directions:
The event will take place on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin in the Student Activity Center (SAC) Hall Auditorium. Click here for a map to SAC.

by Dr. Mark Clanton
Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society - High Plains Division
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 7 PM CT

What is the Lecture About?

Lecture title: The War on Cancer: 41 Years after President Nixon's Declaration

Watch KVUE's Jim Bergamo Interview with Mark Clanton on his Hot Science - Cool Talks Lecture

The Daily Texan: Mark Clanton urges faster cancer research approval process - December 3, 2012 

In 1971, U.S. President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer by signing the National Cancer Act.  How has our understanding, awareness, and treatment of cancer progressed over the years?  What are the key victories and advances in our nation's fight against this disease?  Have we identified new causes as well? Dr. Clanton's Hot Science - Cool Talks lecture will provide perspectives and insights on this war that most people never hear about despite seeing cancer's causes, effects, and prevalence across all segments of society.      

Presenter's Biosketch

Dr. Mark Clanton is the chief medical officer of the High Plains Division of the American Cancer Society and was the deputy director of the United States National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to Federal service, he served as the chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and the vice president of a 1 million member drug card program.


In both 2005 and 2006, Dr. Clanton was honored with the Secretary of Health and Human Service Distinguished Service Award as well as the National Institute of Health directors Award of Merit. An accomplished scientific researcher, Dr. Clanton is currently a voting member of the Food and Drug Administration's Tobacco Products Scientific Committee; and a member of the Washington University in St. Louis National Council for the Institute of Public Health, where he advises the Institute on the development of a full time school of public health.

In 2011 Dr. Clanton was named to the Washington University Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Center (TREC) external advisory board. The TREC grants represent a 45 million dollar, multi-site consortium whose purpose is to understand the causes of obesity and its relationship to cancer.
  

Websites of Interest:

American Cancer Society: Known as "the official sponsor of birthdays", the American Cancer Society provides comprehensive information about what cancer is, treatment options, research, and staying healthy through this website.

National Cancer Institute: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.  It has detailed information on clinical trials for cancer research, statistics, and common topics.

The American Lung Association: Lung cancer is the leading cause of death among cancer victims, and the second most common form of the disease.  This website provides comprehensive information about lung diseases including cancer, and ways to stop smoking.

The T-Cell Army: This online article from The New Yorker magazine discusses our collective battle with cancer over the years, and a fascinating story about different research and treatment approaches we've taken, including using the human immune system and radiation therapy. 

Teacher Workshop Information:

A K-12 teacher workshop will be held at the event beginning at 5:45 p.m. Teachers who attend the workshop and/or the evening's lecture can receive professional development credit. To RSVP and join the workshop please visit our Teacher Opportunities Page.

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