Minorities in Cancer Research presented the following programs during the AACR Annual Meeting 2008, April 12-16, 2008 in San Diego, CA. All Annual Meeting registrants were invited to participate in these events (unless otherwise noted). Click on event titles to learn more about programs.
MICR Networking and Resource Center
Room 27B, Convention Center
Sunday, April 13, 2008 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 14, 2008 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
All Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) members and Annual Meeting registrants interested in MICR membership and activities were encouraged to visit the MICR Networking and Resource Center. The Center provided 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 Council Meet and Greet
Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
MICR Networking and Resource Center
Room 27B, Convention Center
3rd Annual AACR-MICR-Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship
Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room 6E, San Diego Convention Center
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. The winner of the 3rd Annual Wright Lectureship is Dr. Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, Professor in the Dept. of Medicine, at the Univ. of Colorado Denver and Health Sci. Prog., Aurora, CO.
Please click on the above link to view slides and hear audio from Dr. Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann's lecture entitled, "ETS Transcription Factors in Breast Cancer." Read more about the Wright Lectureship.
Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Columbia 2, San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina
AORTIC (African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer), formed by expatriate African cancer care workers, scientists and their friends, is dedicated to the promotion of cancer control in Africa.
AORTIC's key objectives are to further research relating to cancers prevalent in Africa; support the management of training programs in oncology for health care workers, and to deal with the challenges of creating cancer control and prevention programs, as well as raising public awareness of cancer in Africa.
MICR Forum: Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership (MICCP) Program
Monday, April 14, 2008 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room 23 A-C, San Diego Convention Center
Sanya Springfield, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
This year's MICR forum focused on one of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities' premier programs, the Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership program. Through complex multidisciplinary partnership grants, the MI/CCP(s) utilize the respective strengths of Minority-Serving Institutions and NCI-designated Cancer Centers to address the difficult issue of disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in underserved racial and ethnic minorities and the socio-economically disadvantaged. The MI/CCP program targets four key areas: research, training and career development, outreach, and education. The MICR Forum highlighted the research and career development components of this program.
MICR Town Meeting
Monday, April 14, 2008 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Marriott Hall Salon 3, San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina
Duane T. Smoot, M.D., Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC
The MICR Town Meeting provided an opportunity for the MICR Council to present its members, agenda, and programs to AACR members and annual meeting participants. This meeting gave participants a chance to share ideas, voice concerns, and express views on a variety of related topics.
The MICR Council solicited discussion topics from MICR members that were addressed in open floor discussion at the MICR Town Meeting.
MICR Professional Advancement Reception and Roundtable: Navigating the Road to a Successful Career in Cancer Research
Monday, April 14, 2008 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Marriott Hall Salon 4, San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina
Eddie Reed, Ph.D., Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Jessie A. Satia, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
This interactive session provided a forum in which students, postdocs, and junior faculty could discuss important career development issues and survival skills with established senior scientists. As with past years, this session was extremely successful and included a keynote talk followed by mentored roundtable discussions facilitated by senior researchers from a variety of sectors in the cancer community including academia, government, and industry.
MICR Scientific Symposium: Health Disparities from a Biopyschosocial Approach: Contributing Factors
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room 33 A-C, San Diego Convention Center
George J. Hammons, Ph.D., Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR
Electra Paskett, Ph.D., Ohio State Univ. Comp. Cancer Ctr., Columbus, OH
Current efforts to determine biological differences in cancer and other diseases among racial classified social groups (RCSGs) have primarily focused on genetic variations. An alternative framework of analysis to the genetic approach is a biopyschosocial one that examines the potential biological mechanisms through which life experiences and behavior might affect health outcomes in these population groups. The biological activities of several factors, including those of lifestyle (e.g., diet/nutrition, obesity, physical exercise, alcohol consumption), psychological (e.g., stress and coping), occupational/environmental exposures, and the presence of other diseases/illnesses, suggest their potential to affect the biological pathways involved in disease etiology (e.g., oxidative stress, genetic damage to DNA, receptor binding, or DNA methylation) and, thereby, modulate health outcome.
AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Awards in Cancer Research
AACR Minority-Serving Faculty Scholar Awards in Cancer Research are offered 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. Recipients of 2008 awards for participation in the AACR Annual Meeting were announced and honored.
View the full listing of the 2008 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award recipients.
AACR Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research
AACR Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research are offered to eligible minority scientists wishing to participate in Annual Meetings and Special Conferences of the American Association for Cancer Research. Recipients of 2008 awards for participation in the AACR Annual meeting were announced and honored.
Activities were scheduled throughout the Annual Meeting for 2008 MSI Faculty Scholars and Minority Scholars. Information regarding these activities will be sent to awardees prior to the meeting. View the full listing of the 2008 Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award recipients.
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