The White House Cancer Moonshot: Collaborating to End Cancer

The Baker Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center were proud to host Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Sept. 16 at Rice University. James A. Baker, III, the Baker Institute's honorary chair, made the welcoming remarks, praising both the vice president and Dr. Biden for their decades of committed public service.

The vice president spoke about the White House Cancer Moonshot initiative, which he leads. This first-of-its kind federal task force aims to double the rate of progress toward cures in the next decade by advancing cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

During his remarks, Vice President Biden announced a new, user-friendly way to get information about clinical cancer trials across the nation. At, you can more easily find out about new cancer research, as well as where — and what kind of — clinical cancer trials are planned or are in progress. One might be right for you or a loved one.

Visit our Facebook page for a photo album of Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden's visit to Rice. 

A video of the event is below:


The lecture was part of the Medicine, Research and Society Policy Issues Series, a joint project of the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

This event was open to current members of the Baker Institute; current Rice University students, faculty and staff; and invited guests.

For information about membership in the Baker Institute Roundtable, please contact Emily Kinkaid at or 713-348-5191.


Vice President Joe Biden


The Honorable James A. Baker, III
Honorary Chair, Baker Institute


Dr. Jill Biden
Second Lady of the United States