publication date: Mar. 24, 2017

Conversation with the Cancer Letter

Fran Visco: We should be partners on every level, not just when the NIH budget is threatened

Fran ViscoScientists and patient advocates have largely overlapping agendas, but, ultimately, their agendas diverge, said Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the organization that ushered in a new era in the politics of cancer research and delivery of care. 

“We want to make certain that scientists have money to do research that’s actually going to impact people’s lives and that advocates are trained and educated, and that they are seated at all the tables where the decisions are made on how these funds should be spent, and that it’s a true partnership and collaboration,” Visco said. “Our message is not just don’t cut the NIH budget. It’s more complex than that.” 

Visco spoke with Paul Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter.


Paul Goldberg:

I’ve been talking with people in recent days and I am hearing more and more people say that this is the right time for something more grassroots than what the biomedical enterprise has been doing, something akin to what you’ve done. What are your thoughts on that?

Fran Visco:

Do you mean they are saying that there should be a grassroots movement to oppose the budget cuts?





Grassroots movement of scientists?





It’s up to them. I honestly … Continue reading Fran Visco: We should be partners on every level, not just when the NIH budget is threatened

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