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

Sept. 25 - 28, 2016
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The ninth 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 and 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 Fort Lauderdale.


The application deadline is June 27, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-July.

If you have never attended a Scientist↔Survivor Program, please complete the new applicant application. If you have previously attended a  Scientist↔Survivor Program, please complete the past participant application.

New Applicant Application
      PDF of New Applicant Application

Past Participant Application
      PDF of Past Participant Application

Applications are completed and submitted online. You cannot save your application online, therefore, applications must be completed in one sitting. You may review the application questions in the PDF document prior to completing the application. Please note, submitting a application does not confirm that you or your organization will be selected to participate.


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