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Vanderbilt: NCI ‘Moonshot’ Grant to Boost Hereditary Cancer Identification

Dr. Georgia Wiesner, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and director of the Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program, will lead an initiative to establish a streamlined process for collection of family health histories that could set the stage for a standardized system to make the information easily accessible. The project is supported by a $5.3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Cancer Moonshot program.

“The NCI Cancer Moonshot program provides unique opportunities to focus on the most compelling scientific questions and to develop strategies that accelerate the development of new cancer prevention and treatment. We are excited that our investigators are taking part in this initiative to expedite a new era in personalized cancer care,” said Dr. Jennifer Pietenpol, executive vice president for research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), Benjamin F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology and holder of the Brock Family Directorship in Career Development.

The hereditary cancers initiative will use MeTree software, a web-based program developed by Duke Center for Applied Genomic and Precision Medicine to collect and analyze the family history.

After a patient answers questions on an electronic device, MeTree alerts the patient and the clinician whether genetic counseling is warranted.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for VUMC and our affiliated institutions to work together,” said Dr. Kevin Johnson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor and chair of biomedical informatics, professor of pediatrics and informatician-in-chief.

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