American Association for Cancer Research

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American Association for Cancer Research
MottoTo prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration.
Formation1907; 112 years ago (1907)
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
More than 34,000
Official language
More than 200

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world's oldest and largest professional association related to cancer research. Based in Philadelphia, the 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 34,000 members in over 90 countries.


The AACR was formed as a society on May 7, 1907 in Washington, DC as the "Association for Cancer Research" by a group of scientists. Those involved in the founding were Silas P. Beebe, George H. A. Clowes, William Coley, James Ewing, Harvey R. Gaylord, Robert B. Greenough, J. Collins Warren, George W. Crile, Leo Loeb, Frank B. Mallory, and Ernest E. Tyzzer. They organized annual meetings to coincide with the meetings for the much larger meetings of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists. At the first meeting in New York City in November 1907, 9 papers were presented. For the first 30 years, the group functioned as a select group of scientists, but with the expansion of cancer research in the 1930s, membership and interest grew. In 1939, the meeting was lengthened to 2 days. The society was officially incorporated in 1940.[1]

Meetings and workshops[edit]

Annual Meeting[edit]

The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants from around the world and has been described as the "main forum to present and discuss cancer-related research."[2] 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.


The AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Discovery, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer Immunology Research, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Molecular Cancer Research, Cancer Prevention Research and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 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 eight journals and two 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[edit]

Cancer Research is the most frequently cited cancer journal in the world.[3] 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[edit]

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.


The names of the presidents from 1907–1960 were reported by Triolo in 1961.[1]

Year Name Institution
2018 Elizabeth M. Jaffee Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
2017 Michael A. Caliguiri, MD City of Hope
2016 Nancy E. Davidson, MD University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
2015 Jose Baselga, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
2014 Carlos Arteaga, MD Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
2013 Charles L. Sawyers, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
2012 Frank McCormick, PhD Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
2011 Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2010 Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD Salk Institute for Biological Studies
2009 Tyler Jacks, PhD David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
2008 Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
2007 William N. Hait, MD, PhD UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
2006 Geoffrey M. Wahl, PhD Salk Institute for Biological Studies
2005 Peter A. Jones, PhD, DSc USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
2004 Lynn M. Matrisian, PhD Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
2003 Karen H. Antman, MD Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
2002 Susan Band Horwitz, PhD Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2001 Waun Ki Hong, MD University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2000 Tom Curran, PhD St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
1999 Daniel Von Hoff, MD University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
1998 Webster K. Cavenee, PhD University of California, San Diego
1997 Donald S. Coffey, PhD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1996 Louise C. Strong, MD University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1995 Joseph R. Bertino, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1994 Edward Bresnick, PhD
1960 Murray J. Shear
1959 Theodore S. Hauschka
1958 Harold L. Stewart
1957 Jacob Furth
1956 Albert Tannenbaum
1955 Howard B. Andervont
1954 Austin M. Brues
1953 Harold P. Rusch
1952 Stanley P. Reimann
1951 Paul E. Steiner
1950 Edmund V. Cowdry
1949 Joseph C. Aub
1948 Charles Huggins
1947 John J. Bittner
1946 William U. Gardner
1945 Shields Warren
1944 Shields Warren
1943 Shields Warren
1942 Shields Warren
1941 Carl Voegtlin
1940 Burton T. Simpson
1939 Clarence C. Little
1938 George H.A. Clowes
1937 James Ewing
1936 William H. Woglom
1935 Elexious T. Bell
1934 Millard C. Marsh
1933 Ward J. MacNeal
1932 Edward B. Krumbhaar
1931 Francis Carter Wood
1930 Clarence C. Little
1929 Frank B. Mallory
1928 J.F. Schamberg
1927 Aldred Scott Warthin
1926 Burton T. Simpson
1925 Channing Simmons
1924 Erwin F. Smith
1923 William Duane
1922 Willy Meyer
1921 James B. Murphy
1920 Robert B. Greenough
1919 H. Gideon Wells
1918 Edwin R. LeCount
1917 Francis Carter Wood
1916 Harvey R. Gaylord
1915 H. Gideon Wells
1914 S. Burt Wolbach
1913 Gary N. Calkins
1912 Ernest E. Tyzzer Harvard University School of Medicine
1911 Leo Loeb
1910 Frank B. Mallory
1909 Harvey R. Gaylord
1907 James Ewing
1908 James Ewing

Funding programs[edit]

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. Ninety cents of every dollar raised by the foundation is spent in support of this mission. 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.

Awards and fellows[edit]

The AACR also confers award recognitions for various research accomplishments (listing 17 annual such awards on its web site as of January 2015).[4] The awards typically include a commemorative plaque or certificate, an invitation to present a lecture at the association's annual meeting or an association-sponsored research conference, and coverage of travel costs to attend with a guest, and most of the awards include an additional honorarium (e.g., $5,000–$10,000 for most awards, $50,000 for a Team Science Award, and €75,000 for an international award co-sponsored by a separate foundation).[4]

In 1970 the AACR established a Cornelius P. Rhoads Memorial Award, named after a prominent cancer researcher and administrator who directed the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and had a long career in working to cure cancer. It is awarded annually to a promising young researcher. However, due to a 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, so the award has since been known as the AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Triolo, VA; Riegel, IL (February 1961). "The American Association for Cancer Research, 1907-1940. Historical review". Cancer Research. 21 (2): 137–67. PMID access
  2. ^ 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 discuss cancer-related research.
  3. ^ "About Cancer Research - Cancer Research".
  4. ^ a b Award listing, AACR web site.
  5. ^ "AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research".

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