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

The 10th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, held Sept. 25-28, 2017, addressed all levels of basic, population, clinical, and transdisciplinary research related to cancer.

During the Science of Cancer Health Disparities conference, a few members of the program committee spoke with Dr. John Carpten about cancer disparities and shared a few conference highlights during a Facebook Live​ event.

The goals of this conference were:

  • 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 participated in the Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference:

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


The AACR covers the cost of approved travel and lodging for accepted participants of the Scientist↔Survivor Program during the conference. Some meals are 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 or gas 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.


Applications for the 2018 program will be posted in May 2018. Applicants will be notified of their status by July. Please check back periodically for status update.

Current cancer clinicians and researchers (including post-docs) cannot apply to participate for the program.


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 Peter VanPelt, AACR Foundation, at 1-215-446-7256 or

Contact Information 

Karen Russell
Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program
Phone: 1-215-446-7104