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Helene Hellmark Knutsson to Washington to sign bilateral agreement on cancer research cooperation and take part in White House Arctic Science Ministerial


On Tuesday 27 September, Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson will sign an agreement on bilateral cancer research cooperation between the United States and Sweden in Washington DC.

In connection with the agreement, discussions will be held with Professor Greg Simon, appointed by Vice President Joe Biden to lead US work on President Barack Obama's Cancer Moonshot initiative. After the signing, Ms Hellmark Knutsson will also visit the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to discuss how cancer research can be advanced in the United States and Sweden through the partnership now being initiated.

"Sweden and the US are world leaders in medical research. Sweden is world-leading in several cancer research areas and the US has therefore been eager to increase cooperation with us. This is an opportunity for Swedish cancer research to forge even closer links with the US. The new agreement is extremely valuable in further strengthening the close cooperation between our countries," says Ms Hellmark Knutsson.

On Wednesday, Ms Hellmark Knutsson will take part in the White House Arctic Science Ministerial, to be held in the White House under the leadership of President Obama's science adviser John Holdren. Research ministers from 24 countries will take part in the Arctic Science Ministerial, together with representatives of the Arctic indigenous peoples, to discuss how research on climate change impact on the Arctic can be augmented.

"Climate change is the defining issue of our time and is most evident in the polar regions. More research is crucial to tackle the threat of climate change. Sweden is therefore prepared to accept the US Government's call to increase focus on Arctic research cooperation."

Ms Hellmark Knutsson is in Washington on 26–28 September.

Press contact

Kristian Brangenfeldt
Press Secretary to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00