American Association for Cancer Research
|American Association for Cancer Research|
|Motto||Accelerates progress toward the prevention and cure of cancer by promoting research, education, communication and advocacy.|
|Membership||More than 32,000|
|Staff||More than 165|
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world's oldest and largest professional association related to cancer research. Based in Philadelphia, AACR focuses on all aspects of cancer research, including basic, clinical and translational research into the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Founded in 1907 by 11 physicians and scientists, the organization now has more than 33,000 members in 97 countries.
Meetings and workshops
The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants from 74 countries and has been described as the "main forum to present and discuss cancer-related research". Attendees gather to discuss over 6,000 abstracts and to hear more than 250 invited presentations on significant discoveries in basic, clinical, and translational cancer research. Scientific award lectures, grant writing workshops, networking events, and educational sessions round out this comprehensive program.
AACR publishes six peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Molecular Cancer Research, Cancer Prevention Research and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. In October 2010, the AACR announced the launch of a seventh journal, Cancer Discovery. It was published electronically in April 2011 and in print in the summer of 2011. In addition to its print publications, the AACR provides online access to the latest in cancer research, cancer prevention, and cancer reviews with online versions of each of its seven journals and two new virtual journals: Cancer Reviews Online and the Cancer Prevention Journals Portal. The AACR also publishes Cancer Today, a magazine for cancer patients, survivors, and their families and friends.
Cancer Research Journal
Cancer Research is the most frequently cited cancer journal in the world. Papers are peer-reviewed, and only those that meet high standards of scientific merit are accepted for publication. The journal publishes significant, original studies, reviews, and perspectives on all areas of basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, and prevention research in cancer and the cancer-related biomedical sciences. Some of the topics include biochemistry; chemical, physical, and viral carcinogenesis and mutagenesis; clinical research including clinical trials; endocrinology; epidemiology and prevention; experimental therapeutics, molecular targets, and chemical biology; immunology and immunotherapy including biological therapy; molecular biology, pathobiology, and genetics; radiobiology and radiation oncology; cell and tumor biology; tumor microenvironment; systems biology and other emerging technologies.
The AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer
The AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial support for scientific research, education and communication. The Foundation funds programs deemed by the American Association for Cancer Research to be of the highest priority and impact.
Support Programs & Services
The AACR manaages the Cancer Survivors Network, an online service for finding lodging, workshops, transportation, and other services and products for cancer patients and survivors. The site has discussion boards and chat rooms: excellent ways to meet CSN "neighbors" and develop friendships, exchange practical information, and support one another.
The AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer directly funds research that holds promise for a cure for cancer. The Foundation's mission to "accelerate progress in the conquest of cancer by providing financial support for scientific research, education and communication" is demonstrated by its support of scientists at all levels. The AACR offers support to cancer researchers at various stages in their careers, from fellowships to career development awards to major grants for independent investigators. Since establishing its grant program back in 1990, the AACR has awarded more than $23 million by the year 2009 to support 242 meritorious research projects.
In 1970 the AACR established the Cornelius P. Rhoads Memorial Award, in honor of the prominent cancer researcher and administrator who directed Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and had a long career in working to cure cancer. It is awarded annually to a promising young researcher. Due to revival in 2002 of a 1932 controversy, in which a racist letter by Rhoads was found and publicized, the AACR stripped his name from the award.
- John F. Wong (2008-06-15). "Turning Research into Viable Cancer Drugs". Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.). pp. 56, 58–59. Retrieved 2008-07-06. "The "Annual Meeting for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)" is widely viewed by scientists as the main forum to present and disucss cancer-related research."
- Westwell, Andrew D. (August 2005). "The war on cancer: an end in sight?". Drug Discovery Today. Conference report 10 (16) (AACR 2005 Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California). pp. 1082–1083. doi:10.1016/S1359-6446(05)03529-4.
- American Association for Cancer Research
- AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer
- Cancer Research
- Cancer Discovery
- Clinical Cancer Research
- Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
- Molecular Cancer Research
- Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
- Cancer Prevention Research
- Cancer Reviews Online
- Cancer Prevention Journals Portal
- Stand Up To Cancer
- Cancer Today
- Learning How Cancer Works (from Beaker Blog)