NCI’s New Cancer Moonshot℠ Biobank Website

January 27, 2021 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

NCI's Cancer Moonshot℠ Biobank will engage diverse participants with advanced cancers to create a longitudinal collection of biospecimens and clinical data supporting research on treatment resistance and sensitivity. The Biobank has created a patient-and-provider engagement website with public-facing content as well as secure sign-in for participants and providers to access their biomarker reports, signed consent forms, and other resources. The website has integration points with the Oncology Patient Enrollment Network (OPEN) and clinical laboratories.

This webinar will introduce the website and highlight approaches, functionalities, IT challenges, and lessons learned. The Moonshot Biobank participant-and-provider website may serve as an archetype within NCI for new participant engagement efforts. Visit the website at

Esmeralda Casas-Silva, Ph.D.

Dr. Casas-Silva is a scientific program manager in NCI’s Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch where she has been integrally involved in planning the Cancer Moonshot Biobank, including leading participant-and-provider engagement.  

Veena Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan brings significant research experience in cancer therapeutics to the project. Her recent studies have centered on telomere maintenance in cancer treatment.

Helen Moore, Ph.D.

Dr. Moore leads NCI’s Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch. As chief, she sets the direction and strategic vision for the branch and oversees a broad set of projects related to biobanking. 

Claire Blaustein

As a consultant to NCI, Ms. Blaustein specializes in web content and systems design across industries and platforms. Claire is also currently the president of the board of directors for the American Institute of Graphic Arts, D.C. chapter.

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