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

Dear MICR Members,

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 Strut 

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.

Conference Co-chairs:
  • 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.

MICR-Sponsored Travel Awards at AACR Special Conferences 

Minorities 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 

The 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 nominees.

New members 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. Learn more about being a part of the MICR Council.

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