State of Cancer Research Panel

Tuesday, October 17th 6:30pm

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, Kramerbooks will be hosting a panel on the state of cancer research. Come listen as panelists Greg Simon of the Biden Cancer Initiative and Elizabeth Franklin of the Cancer Support Community talk with Sabrina Siddiqui about advancements in the field of cancer treatment, including a discussion of what breakthroughs might be on the horizon. There is a suggested donation of $5, the proceeds of which will be donated directly to St. Jude’s.

Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW, is Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy at the headquarters of the Cancer Support Community where she is responsible for the development and implementation of CSC’s regulatory and legislative agenda, securing and growing relationships with policymakers and stakeholders across multiple sectors, and engaging national partners to identify areas of common work and consensus to collectively advocate for positive change for people affected by cancer. Elizabeth was formerly Director of Policy and Engagement at the George Washington University Cancer Institute where she worked at both the macro level, developing and implementing the Institute’s policy agenda, and at the micro level, working with the patient-centered care team to ensure that all patients had access to high-quality, timely cancer care. Previously, Elizabeth was Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Prevent Cancer Foundation as well as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at the headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Elizabeth is focusing on the ways in which patient define cancer care value and finding innovative, policy-oriented solutions to healthcare challenges. Elizabeth obtained her Masters degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelors degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the District of Columbia and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is also President-Elect of the NASW DC Metro Chapter. 

Greg Simon is the President of the Biden Cancer Initiative. He previously served as the Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a position created by President Barack Obama and for which he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden in March 2016. Over nine months, Greg and his team helped launch over seventy innovative collaborations. Greg returned to the White House after serving as Vice President Al Gore’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor between 1993 and 1997. He was the CEO of Poliwogg, a financial services company creating unique capital market opportunities in healthcare and life sciences. Previously, Greg was Senior Vice President for Worldwide Policy and Patient Engagement at Pfizer, co-founded with Michael Milken, FasterCures/ The Center for Accelerating Medical solutions, and with Leon and Debra Black co-founded the Melanoma Research Alliance. Greg is a cancer survivor, having been recently successfully treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.


Sabrina Siddiqui is a political reporter at The Guardian, where she covers the Trump administration and national politics. While at The Guardian, Ms. Siddiqui covered the 2016 presidential race as a member of the traveling press for the campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. Previously, she was a congressional reporter at The Huffington Post, where she also covered the White House and 2012 presidential race. Ms. Siddiqui got her start in the industry working on the White House desk at Bloomberg News after graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is a CBSN contributor, frequent analyst on MSNBC and CNN, and a contributing host on The Bill Press Show.