​American Association for Cancer Research: Fast Facts

President: Michael A. Caligiuri, MD (2017-2018)

President-Elect: Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD (2017-2018)

Past President: Nancy E. Davidson, MD (2017-2018)

Treasurer: William N. Hait, MD, PhD (2017-2018)

Chief Executive Officer: Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc)


The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

How Did the AACR Begin?

The AACR was founded in Washington, D.C., May 7, 1907, by a group of 11 physicians and scientists interested in research “to further the investigation and spread the knowledge of cancer.”


AACR Financial Information

AACR Fast Facts

  • The AACR has more than 37,000 members residing in 108 countries.


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(Updated 4/13/17)