American Association for Cancer Research

Press Releases: 2007

Nominations Open for AACR’s Scientific Awards, Lectureships

August 23, 2007

Field(s) of Research: Carcinogenesis, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Research, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Experimental and Molecular Therapeutics, Immunology, Prevention Research, Tumor Biology

Nomination deadline: Monday, October 1, 2007

PHILADELPHIA - Continuing a nearly 50-year-old tradition of honoring outstanding achievement in cancer research, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) currently is accepting nominations for its series of annual awards and lectureships. Scientists advancing the understanding and eradication of cancer through basic research, clinical care, therapeutics and prevention are eligible. Winners will help the AACR fulfill its mission to promote professional education and communication by delivering a lecture during the AACR Annual Meeting, April 12-16, 2008, in San Diego, Calif.

The fields and corresponding awards are:

Innovative cancer research and collaborations:
AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship, to recognize an individual scientist whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the detection, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer, and who embodies the dedication of Her Imperial Highness Princess Kikuko Takamatsu of Japan to multinational collaborations.

Basic cancer research:
AACR-G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award, in honor of a founding member of the AACR, the award recognizes an individual with outstanding recent accomplishments in basic cancer research.

Translational cancer research:
AACR-Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, recognizes notable contributions on the part of medical practitioners aged 50 or younger who reside in the Americas. The award provides incentives to young investigators relatively early in their careers.

Clinical cancer research:
AACR-Joseph H. Burchenal Clinical Research Award, recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical cancer research. It is named for Dr. Joseph H. Burchenal, Past President of the AACR, and a major figure in clinical cancer research and chemotherapy.

AACR-CICR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research, for outstanding, novel, and significant achievements in chemistry which have led to important contributions to the fields of basic cancer research; translational cancer research; cancer diagnosis; the prevention of cancer; or the treatment of patients with cancer.

Young investigators:
AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research, recognizes a young investigator, 40 years of age or younger, on the basis of meritorious achievement in cancer research.

Epidemiology, biomarkers and prevention:
AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, established in 1992 to honor outstanding research accomplishments in the fields of cancer epidemiology, biomarkers, and prevention.

Advancement of women in science:
AACR-Women in Cancer Research-Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship, named for the renowned virologist and discoverer of the Friend virus, this lecture provides recognition for 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 women in science.

Advancement of minority investigators in cancer research:
AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research-Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship, first presented in 2006, the lectureship is intended to recognize 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.

Since 1961, when the first scientific award was presented, the AACR has honored hundreds of scientists and physicians, who collectively have made significant contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer.

For more information on the nomination process and other details about the awards and lectureships, please visit the Scientific Achievement Awards page. Inquiries regarding these awards should be directed to


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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 nearly 26,000 basic, translational, and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 70 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, treatment, and patient care. 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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