Jun 28 2021

Life in the Time of Corona(virus) – Day 468

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Life is slowly ramping up to normal. I spent some time on campus on Wednesday, and it was wonderful to run into colleagues and chat informally; that is one thing that will never be replaced by Zoom. While wandering around the Research Building, I was still struck by the quiet and the sparse foot traffic. I can’t wait until we are back to the usual hustle and bustle.

The week was highlighted by a presentation to COMCA, the Georgetown Board of Directors’ Committee on Medical Center Affairs. The agenda was compressed, but I provided a 10-minute overview and Marc Lippman provided a wonderful example of the value of thinking “outside the box” to address critical issues in breast cancer.

My presentation included a “vision for the future” slide that was linked to our strategic plan, abridged to address the moment and to give COMCA an insight into the ways we can make future progress. I’ve included the slide at the end of this blog post. If you don’t see yourself in it, please don’t fret. It was not meant to be exhaustive, but rather illustrative of the ways we can move forward, particularly in collaboration with MedStar Health and Hackensack Meridian Health.

Have a great week, and a wonderful July 4 holiday. My blog will return in two weeks.

Stay safe and be well.


A PowerPoint slide with text, transcription follows image

Text of slide is as follows:

Vision for LCCC’s Future

Expand High Volume Clinical Care to Blood Cancers
– Make LCCC the “place to go” for people with blood cancers in the DC region

Cellular lmmunotherapy
– LCCC to be the dominant provider of cutting-edge cell therapies (e g., BMT, CAR-T cells) in DC and NJ
– LCCC research will inform the design and analysis of cell therapies

Expand Portfolio of Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials Connected to LCCC Science
– Offer tomorrow’s treatments today, further marking MH and HMH as “go-to” destinations for cancer care

Robust Technology Platforms to Support Cutting Edge Research
– Shared resources to promote biomedical research
– Computational biology/data science

Virtuoso Research with an Expanding Funding Base — Aim for $30M ADC Cancer-Focused Funding by 2025
– Research Programs

– Breast Cancer (BC)
– Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC)
– Molecular and Experimental Translational Research in Oncology (METRO)

– Research Themes

– Precision Medicine, Tobacco Control, Survivorship, Genomics, Tumor: Host and Tumor: Microbiome Interactions, lmmunotherapy, GI Cancers, Minority Health Disparities, Aging, Global Health

Community Outreach and Engagement
– Create a highly visible presence in DC and NJ with a focus on underserved minorities

Cancer Research Training and Education
– Cancer-focused training and mentoring from middle school through professorial appointments, with focus on underserved minorities

Everything Informed by a Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Georgetown’s Jesuit Principle of Cura Personalis


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