Collaborating Globally to Advance Cancer Science
Two satellite offices. Twelve organizations. Five continents. The AACR continued to promote scientific excellence around the world in 2016 with an expanded slate of programs and partnerships.
New Horizons Conference
At the third annual conference on New Horizons in Cancer Research in November 2016, the AACR brought the excitement of the Annual Meeting to the cancer research community in Asia. AACR President (2015-2016) José Baselga, MD, PhD, FAACR, and Annual Meeting Program Chair Scott A. Armstrong, MD, PhD, worked with local experts on the Regional Advisory Committee to showcase the breadth and depth of advances in cancer science.
The program included two early-career scientists whose outstanding work has been fostered by AACR grants. Nikhil Wagle, MD, a recipient of a 2016 AACR NextGen Grant for Transformative Cancer Research, and Christine M. Lovly, a recipient of the 2015 AACR-Genentech BioOncology Career Development Award, presented their results in a session on “Genomics, Targeted Therapies, and Clinical Applications.”
Expanding Presence in Asia
The organization bolstered its presence in Asia in November 2016 with the launch of an AACR International website. Hosted on the aacr.asia domain, the site provides users with information on relevant AACR conferences and grants as well as cancer science news from AACR journals. In concert with the Shanghai office and the ongoing series of meetings in the region, the website supports the AACR’s efforts to foster the highest quality science in Asia.
Joint Conferences Fostering Joint Progress against Cancer
Expanding its international collaborations in 2016, the AACR worked with eight different international scientific organizations to develop seven joint conferences and workshops:
Other International Collaborations
The AACR worked with three additional organizations to sponsor sessions at or provide program support for the following conferences:
African Researcher Travel Awards
The AACR invested in the education and training of African cancer investigators in 2016 through the inaugural African Cancer Researchers Travel Awards. The awards offset the travel expenses for five cancer scientists to attend the AACR Annual Meeting 2016.