Dr. Augusto Ochoa, director of the LSU Health New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, is one of 28 scientific experts, cancer leaders and patient advocates who will help guide the scientific direction of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

Ochoa, who also holds the Al Copeland/Cancer Crusaders chair in neuroendocrine cancer, is the only member of the National Cancer Institute’s Blue Ribbon Panel from Louisiana. The panel will serve as a working group of the presidentially appointed National Cancer Advisory Board and will provide scientific guidance from leaders in the cancer community.

“This blue ribbon panel will ensure that, as NIH allocates new resources through the Moonshot, decisions will be grounded in the best science,” Biden said. “I look forward to working with this panel and many others involved with the Moonshot to make unprecedented improvements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”