​​Upcoming MICR Activities at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018

MICR Forum: "The sandwich generation: Advice on how to succeed as a cancer researcher while maintaining life-work blend"
Monday, April 16, 2018
9:30 am – 11:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, IL

A career in cancer research is full of challenges and rewards. Burnout is common among cancer specialists, particularly early in their careers. Multiple job related stressors, including limited funding and demands for increasing productivity from institutions, may contribute to a sense of hopelessness and burnout. Personal stressors common to our sandwich generation, including caring for aging parents and children at a time when one salary is not enough to provide enough support, magnify the problems and our ability to cope.  In this MICR- Forum we will review the available data regarding the prevalence and causes of burnout among cancer professionals and explore potential interventions to prevent and mitigate this problem. Panelists will present their personal stories with ample time for open discussions and brainstorming with content experts. This session will review the causes and prevalence of cancer research career burnout and potential effective preventive interventions.

Session Co-Chairs:
Gerardo Colon-Otero, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL
Sanya A. Springfield, PhD, National Cancer Institute Cancer Health Disparities, Bethesda, MD

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, PhD, UC Davis Campus, Davis, CA
Lotte Dyrbye, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Dineo Khabele, MD, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Kansas City, KS
Alex Wolanskyij-Spinner, MD , Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Minorities in Cancer Research Scientific Symposium: "Population Specific Research on Cancer Targeted Treatments and Drug Response: Contributing to the Elimination of Cancer Health Disparities"
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
10:30 am  – 12:30 pm
McCormick Place Chicago, Chicago, IL

For many years researchers have talked about racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes. For example, African American and Hispanic/Latina women tend to develop more aggressive subtypes of breast cancer than Non-Hispanic White women, and African American men with prostate cancer have a twofold mortality rate compared to Non-Hispanic White men.  Recent studies suggest that the development of racial/ethnic-specific cancer targeted treatments, diagnostic assays, and response profiles, might contribute to the elimination of racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes.

Laura Fejerman, PhD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Rick A. Kittles, PhD, City of Hope, Duarte, CA

Ritu Aneja, PhD, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer A. Freedman, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Albert J. Steppi, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

​MICR Professio​​nal Development Programs at the AACR Annual Meeting and Special Conferences

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.
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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.

MICR Council Meet and Greet

Attendees of the AACR Annual Meeting and select special conferences are invited to meet informally with member of the MICR Council to network, chat, and discuss upcoming MICR initiatives.

MICR Networking and Resource Center

All MICR members and conference registrants interested in learning about MICR membership and activities are encouraged to visit the MICR Networking and Resource Center. The center will provide meeting attendees with a comfortable environment in which to network one-on-one and in small groups. Please visit the Networking and Resource Center for a quiet space, a snack, or to converse and exchange ideas with peers.

MICR in the Community

Philadelphia Sista Strut

The AACR-MICR had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural Philadelphia Sista Strut which took place Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Xfinity LIVE! in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This event featured a 3K walk with the goal of increasing public awareness about the impact of breast cancer in women of color.

AACR members, survivors, advocates, health professionals and the community-at-large united in support during this half-day of health advocacy, cancer education, and community engagement. We were very proud to have AACR-MICR member, Dr. Charnita M. Zeigler-Johnson, address attendees with information on cancer and preventative measures. Ms. Carolette Holmes gave inspirational remarks on her journey as a cancer survivor. Numerous attendees visited the AACR booth to learn more about the AACR and MICR. As a global leader in the fight against cancer, the AACR understands the importance of heightening cancer awareness in the community, and we are so pleased to be part of this event and delighted that the proceeds will benefit the AACR-MICR programs that support breast cancer research for minorities and other diversity initiatives.