Session Chair Profile

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President of Communications, Charlotte Center City Partners

Moira Quinn is a Charlotte television personality, businesswoman, and cancer patient advocate. Moira is also very active in community affairs, earning the distinction as one of Mecklenburg’s 50 Most Influential Women, Media Professional of the Year, and a community service award winner. Moira was diagnosed with stage II with triple-negative breast cancer in 2012. Genetic testing indicated she was negative for the BRCA gene, and she underwent a lumpectomy plus chemo and radiation in 2012, being burned “to a total crisp” as she puts it. Moira found strength and solace in her work, missing only 15 days in the space of a year from her various commitments. As a survivor now, Moira focuses her energy as Committee Chair of the “Cure by Design” event for the ACS and is on the Survivor Advisory Committee for Susan G. Komen as well as the Advisory Board of Carolina Breast Friends. Further, she has helped found and organize the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Support Group, celebrating 100 members strong.

Session Abstract

Session Synopsis: Advancing precision medicine is ultimately about ensuring patients get state of the art care for their personal health situation, and too few patients receive that now. Obstacles are reimbursement issues and awareness; not just among physicians, but also patients and family members. Patients can be allies of industry and researchers to overcome these obstacles and patient-activists are already at work on this. Learn about the Precision medicine for Me initiative bringing together numerous patient groups and industry leaders to accelerate positive change and save and extend the lives of people living with complex illnesses.