American Association for Cancer Research

MICR at the 2014 AACR Annual Meeting

Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) will present the following programs during the AACR Annual Meeting 2014, April 5 - 9, in San Diego, CA. All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to participate in these events. Click on event titles to learn more about the programs in development.

MICR Networking and Resource Center
Sunday, April 6 - Wednesday, April 9
AACRcentral (booth 1717), Exhibit Hall, San Diego Convention Center

All Minorities in Cancer Research members and Annual Meeting registrants interested in MICR membership and activities are encouraged to visit the MICR Networking and Resource Center in AACRcentral during exhibit hours. The center will provide meeting attendees with a comfortable environment to network one-on-one and in small groups while learning about AACR and MICR programs as well MICR membership and committee service opportunities. 

MICR members are invited to provide relevant information/brochures/fliers for distribution in the Networking and Resource Center. Please contact us in advance of the Annual Meeting.

MICR Council Meet and Greet
Sunday, April 6, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
MICR Networking and Resource Center, AACRcentral (booth 1717), Exhibit Hall, San Diego Convention Center

The MICR Meet and Greet is an opportunity for the MICR Council to meet and answer questions from MICR members, as well as the general Annual Meeting attendance, on issues related to award opportunities, programs sponsored by the MICR Council, as well as other topics of interest to attendees.

Members are invited to submit any questions and concerns they have to the council.

Ninth Annual AACR-MICR-Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship 
Sunday, April 6, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 20 D, San Diego Convention Center

Lecturer: Levi A. Garraway, M.D., Ph.D.
“The Cancer Genome in Biology, Therapy, and Drug Resistance”

The AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research-Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship was first presented in 2006. The lectureship is intended to give recognition to an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research.

Meet the Expert Session:
Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer in Minority Populations

Monday, April 7 - 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.
Room 1, San Diego Convention Center

Speaker: Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, M.D., Ph.D.

During this session we will discuss diagnosis and management of hereditary gastrointestinal cancer, the role of germline genetic testing and chemoprevention.  In addition, we will discuss how familial registries provide a clinical and research insfrastructure.

MICR Forum:
The Role of Training and Mentoring in Navigating a Successful Cancer Research Career

Monday, April 7 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Room 7, San Diego Convention Center

Chair: Sanya Springfield, Ph.D.

This session will present training opportunities available to students and early stage investigators across the academic continuum. The speakers will address the intricacies of developing strong scientific research proposals, including review of literature, significance of the research problem, definition of a hypothesis-driven proposal, and grantsmanship. Common errors and pitfalls to avoid will be discussed. The speakers will also examine the importance of networking, academic partnerships, mentoring relationships, and strategies for successfully navigating obstacles on the journey to a successful cancer research career. Panel members will include NCI Program Officers as well as a successful former Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) trainee.

Meet the 2014 Jane Cooke Wright Lecturer
Monday, April 7 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MICR Networking and Resource Center, AACRcentral (booth 1717)

Please join us for discussion with AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship Ninth Annual Recipient Levi A. Garraway, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Garraway's award lecture," The Cancer Genome in Biology, Therapy, and Drug Resistance," will be presented on Sunday, April 6, 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

MICR Town Meeting
Monday, April 7 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Marina Ballroom G, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

Chair: Christopher I. Li, M.D., Ph.D.

This session is a can’t-miss for MICR Members and Annual Meeting attendees. The MICR Town Meeting provides an opportunity for the MICR Council to present its agenda and programs to AACR members and annual meeting participants, and share the progress we have made on your past recommendations. The MICR Council is soliciting discussion topics for MICR members to address in open floor discussion. Please contact us to submit topics or questions.

MICR Professional Advancement Roundtable:
Navigating the Road to a Successful Career in Cancer Research
Monday, April 7 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Marina Ballroom DE, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

Co-Chairs:  A. William Blackstock, M.D., and Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D.

This exciting session is a must for all individuals pursuing careers in cancer research or other biomedical sciences. It provides a forum in which students, postdoctoral candidates and junior faculty can discuss important career development issues and survival skills with senior established scientists. This event includes a networking reception and mentored roundtable discussions facilitated by senior researchers from a variety of sectors in the cancer community, including academia, government and industry.

For AACR members, Professional Advancement Sessions are free with your Annual Meeting registration and are an added benefit of your membership. For non-members, there is an additional fee of $50 for attendance at each session to be paid on site. Participation for sessions is on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited.

MICR Scientific Symposium: Will Prognostic and Predictive Biomarkers Be Useful Tools in Cancer Disparities?
Tuesday, April 8 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Room 1, San Diego Convention Center

Co-Chairs: Rick A. Kittles, Ph.D., and Edith A. Perez, M.D.

Our current focus on the molecular characterization of cancer genomic signatures continues to provide important insight for personalized treatments. These emerging biomarkers provide prognostic and predictive information on overall outcome and/or best targeted therapy based on tumor signatures. Will understanding genomic variation of a tumor improve outcomes and provide insight on high risk individuals within specific ethnic groups? The purpose of this session is to address recent advances in the identification of prognostic and predictive biomarkers, their utility in Personalized Oncology, and potential impact on cancer disparities.

Meet the Director and Staff of the NCI-Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
Tuesday, April 8, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
MICR Networking and Resource Center, AACRcentral (booth 1717)

The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) is central to the NCI's efforts to reduce the unequal burden of cancer in our society and train the next generation of competitive researchers in cancer and cancer health disparities research. All MICR members and Annual Meeting attendees are invited to this informal meet with the director and branch staff.

AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Awards in Cancer Research
The AACR is proud to administer the Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Awards in Cancer Research program. These awards are offered to full-time faculty members of Minority-Serving Institutions (Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, and other post-secondary institutions as defined by the US Department of Education). The purposes of this award program are to increase the scientific knowledge base of faculty members at Minority-Serving Institutions, and to encourage them and their students to pursue careers in cancer research.

AACR Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research
The AACR Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research program first began in 1985. Each year since then, these awards have been offered to eligible minority scientists wishing to participate in the Annual Meetings of the American Association for Cancer Research. The awards are intended to enhance the education and training of minority researchers and to increase the visibility and recognition of minorities involved in cancer research.