Programs and Activities

With contributions from MICR members who volunteer for committee service, the MICR Council organizes programs and activities to increase the number, participation, visibility, and recognition of minority scientists in cancer research; address the professional needs of minority scientists; and provide diversity within the AACR's programs.

Programs at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015

  • MICR Forum: Provides useful tools and information to support the professional development of minority cancer researchers. Specific topics may include funding, training, mentoring, etc.

  • MICR Professional Advancement Roundtable: Designed for investigators at all levels, but particularly early-career investigators, to explore career options and issues affecting professional advancement and development through small informal discussions with senior researchers.

  • MICR Scientific Symposium: Informs the cancer research community about cancer issues related to race/ethnicity and provides a platform for minority scientists to present their work with discussion and debate.

  • MICR Town Meeting: Provides an opportunity for the MICR Council to present its members, agenda, and programs to AACR members and Annual Meeting participants. This meeting gives participants a chance to share ideas, voice concerns, and express views on a variety of related topics.

Professional Development

  • Professional Advancement Sessions: Minorities in Cancer Research-organized Professional Advancement Sessions take place at AACR meetings and conferences and provide a forum in which students, postdocs, and junior faculty can discuss important career development issues and survival skills with senior established scientists.

  • AACR-MICR Distinguished Lectureship Series: This series brings together leading researchers who present the latest developments in cancer research to students and faculty at minority-serving institutions. These lectures are intended to inspire these young minority students and educators to pursue cancer research.

  • AACR-MICR MSI Faculty - Cancer Center Collaboratives: This program matches AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Awardees with excellent cancer scientist mentors who are based at National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers or Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved

This conference was organized in collaboration with the AACR Minorities in Cancer Research Council and was held Nov. 9-12, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas.

We congratulate the winners of MICR scholar awards for this conference:

Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards:

    • Claudia M. Davis, California State University-San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California. "Comorbid conditions among African-American breast cancer survivors"

    • Olorunseun O. Ogunwobi, City University of New York Hunter College, New York, New York. "PVT1 exon 9 overexpression as a potential biomarker of prostate cancer in black men"

    • Danyell S. Wilson, Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland. "What's in the cancer biology part of Community Health Worker Curricula: A systematic review"

Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards:

    • Rebecca Johnson, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas. "SR-B1 directed nanoparticles in targeted therapy for the treatment of metastatic triple-negative breast cancer"

    • Stacy M. Lloyd, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas