​AACR Timeline– At the Forefront of Cancer Science in the 21st Century: 2000-Present



  • AACR Journals Online first offers the full text of all AACR journals.

  • Affiliate Membership, for health professionals working in support of cancer and biomedical research, and Student Membership, for high school students and undergraduates, are introduced.

  • The Association launches its fifth journal, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD (right), is the founding editor.

  • Membership categories are modified to allow international scientists to join as Active Members.

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  • The inaugural Dorothy P. Landon-AACR Prize for Translational Cancer Research is presented to Elwood V. Jensen, PhD (right), and V. Craig Jordan, PhD (far right). (Landon Prizes are changed to INNOVATOR awards in 2009.)

  • The inaugural AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research is held in October in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Cell Growth & Differentiation is relaunched as Molecular Cancer Research. Michael B. Kastan, MD (right), is the founding editor.

  • AACR headquarters moves to One Independence Mall (615 Chestnut Street), Philadelphia.

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  • Three days before the opening events in April, the AACR Annual Meeting is canceled because of the SARS outbreak in Toronto. The meeting is rescheduled for July in Washington, DC.

  • The inaugural AACR Distinguished Lecture is delivered by James E. Darnell, Jr., MD (right). (In 2013, the lectureship is renamed the AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lecture.)

  • AACR membership surpasses 20,000.



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  • The AACR celebrates its 100th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, with an exhibit displaying the history of the meeting.
    [View the display (PDF; 13 MB).]

  • AACR membership surpasses 30,000.



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  • The third Stand Up To Cancer telecast is held on September 7.



  • AACR opens an office in Shanghai, China—the organization’s first satellite office outside the United States.

  • Cancer Research Catalyst, the AACR blog, is launched.

  • The inaugural Young Champion in Cancer Research Award is given to Elena Simon.

  • A second international satellite office is opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • The fourth Stand Up To Cancer telecast is held on September 5.


  • AACR supports production of the PBS series CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES. More than 40 current and former AACR members—including 17 Fellows of the AACR Academy—are among the 60 eminent scientists interviewed.

  • Annual Meeting attendance sets a record of over 19,000.

  • The AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism (right) is announced.

  • The AACR is named the charity partner for the AACR Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.

  • The AACR announces Project GENIE (Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange). 

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