Programs and Activities: WICR at Special Conferences 2014

“Navigating Your Career with Confidence”
Professional Advancement Session

EORTC-NCI-AACR International Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics
Supported by the Foremost Foundation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Room 117, Centre de Convencions Internacional Barcelona

Feel and project more confidence in seeking new career opportunities. This session will include an inspirational keynote lecture as well as a panel of professionals discussing the ways that women scientists in particular can bolster their confidence and overcome insecurities in order to embrace new opportunities. The panel will cover everything from assessing which career opportunities are a good fit, to improving a resume or portfolio in order to secure an interview, to blending personal life and career once on the job. Advance registration is suggested for participation; please visit A complimentary lunch will be available.

Session Chairperson: Patricia LoRusso, DO


Navigating a Career in Cancer Research: Who am I? How did I get here? Where am I going?
Susan M. Galbraith, MBBCh,PhD, Head of Oncology Innovative Medicines, AstraZeneca, Macclesfield, England

Panel Discussion:

  • Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (h.c.), CEO, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Philadelphia, Pa.  
  • Susan M. Galbraith, MBBCh,PhD
  • Francoise Meunier, MD, PhD, Director General, EORTC, Brussels, Belgium


Career Mentoring Session

13th Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research
Supported by the Foremost Foundation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom DE, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

This session has been designed for students, fellows, and junior faculty. Following a keynote address, attendees will meet, network, and learn from many of the leading senior scientists in cancer research. Advance registration is suggested for participation; please visit A complimentary lunch will be available.

Session Chairperson: Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD

Keynote Address:

Make the choice to trust your instinct and follow your own path
Abenaa M. Brewster, PhD, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
WICR Keynote Brewster Sept 30 2014.pdf

Mentors and Topics:

Time Management
Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD
Professor of Oncology, Associate Dean for Community Health & Outreach
Georgetown Lombardi Comp. Cancer Ctr.
Washington, D.C.

Fellowship and Training Opportunities in Government
Tanya D. Agurs-Collins, PhD
Program Director, Health Promotion Research
National Cancer Institute
Rockville, Md.

Making the Transition to Independence
Abenaa M. Brewster MD, MHS
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Mentoring and Supervising
KiTani P. Lemieux, PhD
Assistant Professor
Director, Center of Excellence (COE) Scholars Program
Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, La.

Effective Mentor/Mentee Relationships
Susan T. Mayne, PhD
C.-E.A. Winslow Professor and Chair, Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Yale School of Public Health and Yale Cancer Center
New Haven, Conn.

Careers in Government
Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD
Chief, Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group
National Cancer Institute
Rockville, Md.

Writing a CV
Elizabeth A. Platz, ScD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Md.

Translational Cancer Research for Basic Scientists
Eva Szabo, MD
Chief, Lung & Upper Aerodigestive Cancer Research Group
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, Md.

Transitioning to Careers in Industry
Jaye Viner, MD
Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer
Curis, Inc.
Lexington, Mass.


WICR at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014

WICR Professional Advancement Session:
The Art of Engaging in a Successful Interview

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Marina Ballroom F-G, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

An exciting session which allows all participants the chance to learn about the art of engaging in a successful interview. A panel of professionals with experience in academia and the pharmaceutical industry will provide helpful advice for interviewing in today’s competitive market, including sample interview questions, interview strategies, and the ways that interviews are changing.

WICR Career Mentoring Session

Monday, April 7, 2014, 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Marina Ballroom G, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

The WICR Career Mentoring Session has become one of the most popular Professional Advancement Sessions at the Annual Meeting. This session is designed for graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows.

Following a keynote address from Dr. Nancy E. Davidson, attendees will meet, network and learn from many of the leading senior scientists in cancer research. Attendees participate in roundtable discussions and change tables halfway through the session if they choose. This allows for additional networking opportunities with more than one mentor. Topics will include grant writing, work/life integration, careers in industry, choosing a postdoctoral position, oral presentations, and many more.

AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Room 20 D, San Diego Convention Center
The AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship was established in 1998 in honor of renowned virologist and discoverer of the Friend virus, Dr. Charlotte Friend, for her pioneering research on viruses, cell differentiation and cancer. The lecture is intended to give recognition to an outstanding female or male scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of women in science.We are pleased to announce that this year’s lecturer is Charis Eng, M.D., Ph.D., presenting “PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome Previvorship: What now?”

WICR Resource Center

AACRcentral (booth 1717), Exhibit Hall, San Diego Convention Center
In its fifth year, the WICR Resource Center will be a central location for all Annual Meeting attendees to learn about how WICR membership can be beneficial, as well as obtain materials from various organizations focused on showcasing women in science.

WICR Council Meet and Greet

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WICR Resource Center, AACRcentral (booth 1717), Exhibit Hall, San Diego Convention Center
The WICR Meet and Greet provides an opportunity for the WICR Council to meet informally to answer questions from WICR members, as well as the general Annual Meeting attendance on issues related to award opportunities, programs sponsored by the WICR Council, and other topics of interest to attendees. All members are encouraged to attend.

Nursing Mothers' Suite

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday - Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9, 6: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Room 24 C, San Diego Convention Center

AACR-WICR is pleased to sponsor this important service, which was introduced for the first time at the AACR Annual Meeting 2008. Registrants who are nursing mothers find the privacy of the Nursing Mother's Suite a comfortable and secure environment in which to nourish and nurture their babies.