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A special panel discussion was held on how new research is changing the landscape of cancer. The discussion featured leading oncologists and scientists, as well as the producers of the upcoming documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Columbia oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee.


Speakers and panelists discussed new diagnostic tools, innovative clinical trials, and collaborations across multiple institutions that are changing the way cancer is being treated.


Ken Burns, executive producer
Barak Goodman, director and producer
Katie Couric, global news anchor for Yahoo! News and a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer
Kenneth Forde, endoscopy pioneer, Columbia Trustee
Thomas Maniatis, director of Columbia’s university-wide Precision Medicine Initiative and co-founder of the New York Genome Center


Stephen Emerson, director, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian, and former president of Haverford College (moderator)
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Columbia oncology researcher, author
Cory Abate-Shen, cancer diagnostics innovator, professor of pathology and cell biology, Columbia
Andrew Kung, chief of pediatric oncology, NY-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
William Nelson, vice chair, SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee and Director, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Dennis Slamon, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team Leader
Gary Schwartz, leader of multicenter clinical research, Columbia