​​​​​​AACR Congressional Briefings

Throughout the year, the AACR hosts several congressional briefings designed to educate members of Congress and their staff about many of the issues facing cancer researchers, clinicians, and advocates.

Upcoming Events

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Past Briefings

AACR Unveils the Cancer Progress Report 2017

The annual AACR Cancer Progress Report to Congress and the American public, now in its seventh edition, is a cornerstone of the efforts of the AACR to educate the public about cancer and the importance of biomedical research, as well as to advocate for increased federal funding for the NIH, NCI, and FDA. This year’s report chronicles how federally funded research continues to improve lives, and it shows that our ability to fully capitalize on our ever-growing knowledge of cancer is dependent on robust, sustained, and predictable federal funding. The report highlights how recent advances across the clinical cancer care continuum, in particular immunotherapy and molecularly-targeted therapies, are helping cancer patients and their families. This year’s report also focuses on the continued challenges we face in addressing cancer health disparities.

Sept. 13, 2017. Learn More and watch the briefing video.

AACR-SITC Joint Congressional Briefing

Progress in Immuno-oncology: Delivering Hope and Clinical Benefit to Cancer Patients

One of the most promising areas of cancer research is the field of immuno-oncology. Scientists are discovering new ways to arm a patient’s immune system so that it can attack cancer cells, and the result has been one of the most transformative approaches to cancer treatment that has ever entered the clinic. For many patients, cancer immunotherapies are already providing lifesaving results where other treatments had failed or were not viable. But realizing more breakthroughs in this area and broadening the scope of cancers that can be treated with immuno-oncology requires a sustained, federal investment in cancer research through the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
July 19, 2017. Learn More and watch the briefing video

AACR Congressional Briefing at the AACR Annual Meeting 2017

During the AACR Annual Meeting 2017, the AACR held a special congressional briefing at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The briefing aimed to bring the science and expertise from the AACR Annual Meeting to Capitol Hill by sharing the latest cancer research and developments with Congressional staff. Congresswoman Diana DeGette provided opening remarks. Leading this event was Science Policy and Government Affairs Committee Chair Dr. George Demetri, and joining him on the panel was Dr. Anna Barker, former deputy director of the National Cancer Institute; Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, AT&T distinguished endowed chair in cancer equity at the Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina; patient advocate Jack Whelan; and AACR Associate Member Andreana N. Holowatyj.
April 4, 2017

AACR Unveils the Cancer Progress Report 2016
This sixth report on research-powered advances against cancer highlights that progress is continuing at a spectacular pace. These advances are transforming millions of lives, like those of the 15 individuals featured within the report.
Sept. 21, 2016

Seizing Today's Opportunities to Accelerate Cancer Research​
An update on the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative and a dialogue with early-career investigators
June 28, 2016