PCWG Programs and Initiatives

Second AACR Special Conference on Pediatric Oncology

November 9-12, 2015
Westin Beach Resort and Spa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Conference Co-Chairpersons:

Scott A. Armstrong, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Charles G. Mullighan, MD
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Kevin M. Shannon, MD
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Kimberly Stegmaier, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA



AACR Think Tank on the Future of Pediatric Cancer Research and Care

October 28-30, 2014
AACR Headquarters
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

AACR Pediatric Cancer Think Tank Group Photo.JPG 

Participants (left to right): Olena Morozova, PhD, Kimberly Stegmaier, MD, Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, MD, Charles Keller, MD, Lisa R. Diller, MD, Joshua D. Schiffman, MD, Stella Margaret Davies, MBBS, PhD, Maryam Fouladi, MD, Samuel C. Blackman, MD, PhD, Becky C. Weaver, Lisa W. Tichenor, Paul S. Meltzer MD, PhD, Greg T. Armstrong, MD, Elizabeth R. Lawlor MD, PhD, Michael A. Dyer, PhD, Garrett M. Brodeur, MD (PCWG Chairperson-Elect), Leonard S. Sender, MD, Heinrich Kovar, PhD, Lee J. Helman, MD (PCWG Chairperson), Robert J. Wechsler-Reya, PhD, David M. Langenau, PhD, Patrick J. Sullivan, Javed Khan, MD, Carol J. Thiele, PhD, John M. Maris, MD, David Malkin, MD, Sharon E. Plon, MD, PhD, Leslie L. Robison, PhD, Hubert N. Caron, MD, PhD, Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc) (AACR CEO), Michael P. Link, MD, Raphaël F. Rousseau, MD, PhD, Susan B. Shurin, MD, Susan L. Weiner, PhD, Nancy Goodman

Participants not pictured: Peter C. Adamson, MD, Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH, Angelika Eggert, MD, Katherine A. Janeway, MD, Charles G. Mullighan, MD, Donald W. Parsons, MD, PhD, Poul H. B. Sorensen, MD

To convene all pediatric cancer stakeholders to define the challenges and opportunities that exist in pediatric oncology across all specialties, while simultaneously identifying actionable items by which AACR may pursue to enhance the organization's existing support of the field.

Lee J. Helman, MD
National Cancer Institute
Chairperson, AACR Pediatric Cancer Working Group (PCWG)

Garrett M. Brodeur, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Chairperson-Elect, AACR Pediatric Cancer Working Group (PCWG)

Peter C. Adamson, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Gregory T. Armstrong, MD
St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Smita Bhatia, MD
City of Hope

Samuel C. Blackman, MD, PhD
Juno Therapeutics

Hubert N. Caron, MD, PhD
Roche Applied Science

Stella M. Davies, MBBS, PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Lisa R. Diller, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Michael A. Dyer, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Angelika Eggert, MD
University Children's Hospital of Essen

Maryam Fouladi, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Nancy Goodman
Kids v Cancer

Katherine A. Janeway, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital

Charles Keller, MD
Oregon Health & Science University

Javed Khan, MD
National Cancer Institute

Heinrich Kovar, PhD
Children’s Cancer Research Institute, Vienna

David M. Langenau, PhD
Harvard University

Elizabeth R. Lawlor, MD, PhD
University of Michigan

Michael P. Link, MD
Stanford University

David Malkin, MD
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

John M. Maris, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Paul S. Meltzer, MD, PhD
National Cancer Institute

Olena Morozova, PhD
University of California, Santa Cruz

Charles G. Mullighan, MD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

D. William Parsons, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine Cancer Center

Sharon E. Plon, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine

Leslie L. Robison, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Raphaël F. Rousseau, MD, PhD

Joshua D. Schiffman, MD
University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute

Leonard S. Sender, MD 
Children's Hospital of Orange County Cancer Institute

Susan B. Shurin, MD
National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health

Poul H.B. Sorensen, MD, PhD
British Columbia Cancer Research Center

Kimberly Stegmaier, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Patrick J. Sullivan
Team Finn Foundation

Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, MD
Stanford University

Carol J. Thiele, PhD
National Cancer Institute

Lisa W. Tichenor
WWWW Foundation, Inc.

Becky C. Weaver
St. Baldrick's Foundation

Robert J. Wechsler-Reya, PhD
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Susan L. Weiner, PhD
Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy

Access to care
Clinical trials
Data sharing
Developmental biology
Genetics and genomics
Preclinical modeling
Precision medicine
Prevention strategies
Relapse issues

Inaugural AACR Pediatric Cancer Special Conference

Pediatric Cancer at the Crossroads: Translating Discovery Into Improved Outcomes
November 3-6, 2013
Westin Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, CA

John M. Maris, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Stella M. Davies, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
James R. Downing, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Lee J. Helman, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Michael B. Kastan, Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC

This AACR Special Conference addressed the unique issues and challenges to investigating and effectively treating childhood cancers. The conference theme was the translation of recent discoveries in the basic mechanisms of pediatric cancer into improved outcomes for patients. Sessions included the most up-to-date findings on the developmental biology of pediatric malignancies, genetic predisposition to pediatric cancers, and pivotal clinical trials. Strategies for translating basic science findings into treatments with a clinical impact were highlighted throughout the conference. This conference brings together basic, clinical, and translational researchers in the field of pediatric cancer with expertise ranging from the most recent advances in the basic mechanisms of childhood cancers to the application of these findings in the clinical setting. This new conference provides a unique forum for discussions that will further the scientific and translational goals of the field.

Click here to access all conference abstracts

SU2C-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Dream Team

                 SU2C-St. Baldrick's dream team

Stand Up To Cancer and St. Baldrick’s Foundation will provide $14.5 million over a four-year period to fund translational pediatric cancer research projects poised to deliver near-term patient benefit through investigation by a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, synergistic Dream Team of expert investigators.

Visit the SU2C website to learn more about the Pediatric Cancer Dream Team.

PCWG at the AACR Annual Meeting

View the PCWG program information for past and upcoming AACR Annual Meetings.