Dear WICR Members,
I hope you enjoyed the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 and the exciting Rally for Medical Research last month. It was a great pleasure for me to see so many familiar, smiling faces at both events.
I want you to know how privileged I feel to have the honor of serving as chair of the 2013-2014 AACR Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Council. In the last two decades, with the strong support of AACR leadership, the accomplishments of WICR have been remarkable. WICR membership has increased significantly, totaling nearly 13,000 members at present. Our next goal is to increase the representation and recognition of women in the AACR.
As you may know, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. Its membership has grown to 34,000 in 2013. With the ongoing support of AACR leadership, WICR Council will continue to work hard on its goal of achieving full participation of women in all areas of cancer research including academia, industry and government.
The WICR Council is planning to conduct another membership survey soon in order to obtain data and your input on WICR’s program strategy and impact. This survey will help us evaluate our progress on the 2010-2015 strategic plan. I strongly encourage you to respond to this survey to help us reach our goals. Further information on the survey will be provided later in the year.
I look forward to working with the WICR Council to make this an extremely productive year for women in cancer research. Thank you so much for working with me toward this end! Please feel free to contact email@example.com with any questions or suggestions.
Wen-Jen Hwu, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, 2013-2014 WICR Council
Professor, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology
UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center