President Joe Biden has selected Danielle Carnival, PhD, to work “on patient engagement and outreach,” for the administration’s Cancer Moonshot, according to a White House statement.
Dr. Carnival, who also helped oversee the Obama administration’s Cancer Moonshot as chief of staff and senior policy director, is a neuroscientist and CEO of the nonprofit I AM ALS. She was also vice president of the Biden Cancer Initiative from 2017 until the organization’s suspension in July 2019. In her new role with the Biden administration, Dr. Carnival will serve as a senior adviser to Eric Lander, PhD, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
In 2016, President Barack Obama charged then-vice president Biden with leading the administration’s efforts to accelerate progress against cancer. Biden, who lost his son Beau to glioblastoma in 2015, has said his experience dealing with his son’s disease helped drive his work on anti-cancer initiatives.