American Association for Cancer Research

Press Releases: 2006

Major Gift Doubles Grantmaking for Pancreatic Cancer Research

October 27, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - The American Association for Cancer Research today announces a $635,000 gift from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) which significantly increases its grantmaking potential for young cancer scientists.

The major gift establishes the AACR-PanCAN Fellowship for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and increases the number of AACR-PanCAN Career Development Awards for Pancreatic Cancer Research from three to six. It is the largest annual gift in PanCAN's five-year philanthropic partnership with the AACR.

"PanCAN is proud to partner with AACR to provide six Career Development Awards and one Fellowship Award this year for young investigators in the field of pancreatic cancer research," said Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of PanCAN. "AACR's superb peer-review system and rigorous approach to science ensures that our investments are supporting science that is innovative and progressive. These scientists are providing hope to the pancreatic cancer community and we strongly believe that their efforts will help move the science toward better diagnosis and treatment of this devastating disease."

With the PanCAN awards, the AACR has available to early career investigators eight Career Development Awards and nine Research Fellowships totaling $1,240,000 in 2007. Awards such as these provide important transitional support for direct research expenses as researchers move from the ranks of early-career scientists to faculty status.

AACR Career Development Awards are open to junior faculty who, at the start of the grant term, are in the first, second, or third year of their first full-time appointment after completing post-doctoral studies, at an academic or medical institution. Eligible positions include instructor, acting assistant professor, research assistant professor, assistant professor, or an equivalent full-time appointment. The awards provide two-year grants of $50,000 per year for direct research expenses. This year one of the awards, the Seena Magowitz Career Development Award, is specifically targeted to translational research.

AACR Research Fellowships are open to postdoctoral fellows and clinical research fellows at an academic facility, teaching hospital, or research institution who will be in the first, second, or third year of their postdoctoral training at the start of the fellowship term. The Samuel Stroum Fellowship will provide a one-year grant of $35,000 to support the salary and benefits of the Fellow.

Applications must be submitted online through proposalCENTRAL by December 1, 2006. The grant terms begin on July 1, 2007. Winners must attend the 2007 AACR Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, Calif. to accept the award.

For further information on the awards or a complete list of supporters, please visit the AACR's website at


The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, AACR is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes more than 24,000 basic, translational, and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 80 other countries. AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts over 17,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special Conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, diagnosis and treatment. AACR publishes five major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Its most recent publication, CR, is a magazine for cancer survivors, patient advocates, their families, physicians, and scientists. It provides a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship and advocacy.

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