About the AACR Academy​ Medal

Fellows of the AACR Academy Medal Front: Spheres illustrate the integrated and progressive relationships between cancer initiation, progression, and elimination through epidemiological, basic, translational, and clinical cancer research


Cancer Initiation:
The medal spiral begins with the presence of chromosomal abnormalities and other cancer-initiating factors such as Helicobacter pylori and Human Papillomavirus


Cancer Progression:
Illustrated cells represent neoplastic transformation in tumorigenesis  


Double Helices:
Symbolizes basic cancer research and the investigation of cancer etiology


Nitrogen Mustards:
Symbolizes advancements in chemotherapeutics and
anticancer drug development  


Electrophoretic Gel: Symbolizes translational cancer research and emerging innovations in cancer detection and diagnostic technologies leading to advances
in genomics and precision medicine



Rod of Asclepius: Symbolizes the incorporation of cancer research and drug development breakthroughs into clinical practice 


The medal spiral ends with a female and male silhouette symbolizing the limitless future made possible for cancer survivors due to cancer
research-driven treatment advances


Fellows of the AACR Academy Medal Back: Hendecagon and 11 inset stars represent the 11 founders of the American Association for Cancer Research. Encircling the medal are the four principle values of the AACR
mission: research, education, communication, and collaboration