MICR Newsletter Fall 2017
Message from the MICR Chairperson
John M. Carethers, MD, John G. Searle Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
I am thrilled to serve as 2017-2018 chair of
the AACR-Minorities in Research Council (MICR).
MICR is one of three permanent councils of AACR, has
a vibrant constituency and a bold agenda to make more public the disparities in
cancer, advocate for funding research to address disparities, and to engage
those interested in cancer disparities. Our council has members that span the
nation who advise AACR in cancer disparities, including members from clinical
and basic research, industry, and federal agencies. We were ecstatic to provide
input under the immediate past Chair, Rick Kittles, to the federal government’s
Cancer Moonshot initiative, keeping the importance of understanding cancer
disparities at the forefront of that initiative. Read more.
Interview with a Leader: Charnita Zeigler-Johnson and MICR Participation at the 2017 Philadelphia Sista
AACR-MICR was extremely proud to be the charity partner for the inaugural Philadelphia "Sista Strut," an annual event in several cities around the U.S. that features a 3k walk with the goal of increasing public awareness about the impact of breast cancer in women of color. An inspirational day shared by many, we could not have been more proud to be a part of this special event. We were very proud to have AACR-MICR member, Dr. Charnita M. Zeigler-Johnson, address attendees with information on cancer and preventative measures. After the event, Dr. Zeigler-Johnson answered a few questions for this edition of Interview with a Leader
. Read more.
Member Spotlight: Lee Gibbs, PhD
MICR congratulates the 2017 winners of the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award and the Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award. These prestigious and highly-competitive awards recognize excellence in cancer research and support participation in the AACR Annual Meeting. Read more about Dr. Gibbs.
Member Spotlight: Leeann Bailey, MD, PhD
LeeAnn Bailey, MD, PhD, is branch chief of the Integrated Networks Branch of the NCI's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD). In this role, she manages, develops, and assesses strategies for enhancing the integration and dissemination of diversity training, women's health, and sexual and gender minority efforts within and across NCI, as well as within the scientific community and underserved communities through NCI-supported networks. Read more about Dr. Bailey.
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10th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved
MICR is proud to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities
in Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved sponsored in partnership
with the Minorities in Cancer Research. For ten years, this conference has
brought together the leaders of the disparities research to help expand medical
access, diagnosis, and treatment options for members of underserved
populations. Honoring a decade of lifesaving advances in the field, this
conference will feature world-class symposia, groundbreaking science, and
MICR-sponsored events focused on career advancement and professional networking
for both MICR members and conference attendees.
- John M. Carethers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Rick A. Kittles, University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona
- Christopher I. Li, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington
- Electra D. Paskett, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio
With a record number of proferred abstracts and scheduled talks from leading disparities research investigators, this meeting is sure to be one the most exciting and thought-provoking of this conference's decade long tenure. Join MICR for a number of events taking place in Atlanta:
Monday, September 25
MICR Council Meet and Greet
7 – 8 p.m.
MICR Networking and Resource Center and Foyer
Atlanta Room 3
Tuesday, September 26
MICR Professional Advancement Session:
Presented by the MICR Council
Co-chairs: Brian M. Rivers, PhD, MPH; Kimlin T. Ashing, PhD.
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Captial Ballroom South
Thursday, September 28
AACR-MICR Distinguished Lectureship Series: "Urban and Rural Disparities Among African-Americans"
3 – 6 p.m.
National Center for Primary Care
Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Monday, September, 25 - Thursday, September, 28
MICR Networking and Resource Center
*Open during conference hours
In the News: Increased Risk for Breast Cancer in
African-American Men and the Importance of Clinical Trials
A recently updated article published by the FDA highlights
the need for greater awareness and treatment for men diagnosed with breast
cancer. Each year approximately 2,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in
men in the U.S. Even though these cases account for only 1 percent of all breast
cancer diagnoses, studies found that African-American men are more likely to
have advanced stage tumors, resulting in fewer treatment options. The FDA has
recently asked more drug companies to include men in clinical trials. Read more about this important topic.
Awards at AACR Special Conferences
in Cancer Research is proud to host travel awards for outstanding minority
investigators and faculty at Minority-serving Institutions who are presenting
meritorious posters at AACR special conferences. These awards are offered to
eligible candidates for select AACR special conferences. Travel awards grant awardees the ability to
expand their knowledge, present their research, and make invaluable
introductions to peers and mentors in the field, all while participating in unrivaled
top-rate professional meetings. Learn
more about these awards and apply today!
MICR Council Call for Nominations
Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council is now accepting nominations for
three leadership positions on the MICR Council. All AACR-MICR Active, Emeritus,
and Honorary members in good standing who support the goals of the MICR and are
interested in serving on the council are eligible for consideration as
will be elected to the council for a three-year term (2018-2021). Don’t miss
out on this chance to be a part of this important leadership council at AACR.
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 9, 2017.
more about being a part of the MICR Council.
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