Advances in medical technologies along with the sequencing of the human genome have made it possible for cutting-edge scientists to make more rapid progress in many critical areas than ever before. The AACR is strategically poised to magnify its impact on the progress against the disease in the coming years.
Even in this changing world, scientific advancement is gained only through extensive, continuing investment in laboratory research. Given the complex, multi-faceted nature of cancer, true progress requires a great deal of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially in the translation of findings from laboratory to clinic. To accelerate progress against human cancer and conquer this disease, researchers require increased funding to expand basic and translational research on the most promising frontiers.
A fund for education and training of early career scientists is also needed to allow them to focus their efforts in areas that have the greatest potential. Basic scientists need training in clinical investigations in order to increase the capability to translate basic research results into clinical use.
Scientists, physicians and all members of the cancer community want to keep abreast of new developments in the field, so they need increased funding for scientific communication. Also, to assist people in personal health care and to engage the general public in cancer science issues, it is important that we enhance public education and communications.
Finally, given the dynamic nature of the cancer research field, new challenges frequently arise at the cutting edge of science, warranting immediate attention. As a private, non-profit agency, the AACR differentiates itself from other agencies with its objectivity and independence. Uniquely positioned at the nexus of basic and translational cancer research, the AACR is adept at addressing what scientists need to achieve rapid, breakthrough answers to emerging concerns.
With the help of contributors from among the AACR membership, and friends in the national and international community, the AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer will help to achieve important victories in this critical role.