Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference

November 13 - 16, 2015
Atlanta, GA

The eighth AACR conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved will address all levels of basic, population, clinical and transdisciplinary research related to cancer.

The goals of this conference are:

  • To bring together physicians, scientists, health professionals and health care leaders working in a variety of disciplines to discuss the latest findings in their fields;
  • To foster collaborative interdisciplinary interactions and partnerships; and
  • To stimulate the development of new research in cancer health disparities.

Patient advocates who participate in the Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference will:

  • Discuss relevant and timely cancer topics with scientific mentors during small group meetings and roundtable discussions;
  • Attend scientific talks at the Cancer Health Disparities Conference on their own or with their scientific mentors and other advocates;
  • Create and participate in the poster session;
  • Communicate to scientists the key issues, questions, and concerns of the survivor and patient advocacy communities; and
  • Network with scientists and fellow advocates from local, national, and international cancer organizations.



The AACR will cover the cost of approved travel, lodging for accepted participants of the Scientist↔Survivor Program during the conference. Some meals will be provided as part of the program.

Participants are responsible for any incidental expenses, including tips, meals, phone charges, poster fees, laundry fees, and baggage fees. Participants are also responsible for any rental car charges if they choose to rent a car. Car rentals will not be reimbursed.


Scientist↔Survivor Program participants are accepted by competitive application. Patient advocates are encouraged to apply to the Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference if they:

  • Actively support cancer research through policy advocacy, research advocacy and/or community outreach;
  • Have a constituency with which to share the knowledge they gain through the program;
  • Are in a position to communicate the knowledge gained from the program to colleagues and/or constituents and have access to avenues for disseminating this information;
  • Are able to participate in all components of the four-day program in Atlanta.



We are no longer applications for the Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Cancer Health Disparities Conference. The next Scientist↔Survivor Program is scheduled during the AACR Annual Meeting 2016 in April. Applications will be posted in November. Please visit our webpage periodically for additional details.


The AACR is thankful to its supporters of the ​Scientist↔Survivor Program.

If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor of the AACR's Scientist↔Survivor Program, please contact Anizia Karmazyn, AACR Foundation, at 1-215-446-9882 or


If you have any questions about the Scientist↔Survivor Program, please contact Karen Russell Mills, Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program, at 1-215-446-7104 or