American Association for Cancer Research

Press Releases: 2008

American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting Makes Significant Local Economic Impact

June 26, 2008

SAN DIEGO - Cutting-edge breakthroughs in molecular targeting, translational cancer research and cancer prevention took center stage when 17,437 people from around the world gathered at the San Diego Convention Center April 12-16 for the attendance record-breaking 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Early measurements estimate the economic impact at $33.25 million for San Diego and the surrounding area. The AACR estimates that attendees spent $21.25 million on hotels and other lodging and $8.5 million on food and beverage services. Another $3.5 million was spent directly by AACR for the convention center and related expenses.

The AACR is scheduled to hold its 100th annual meeting in 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The yearly gathering is a premier destination for cancer researchers and is widely recognized as one of the most important meetings in the medical research community.

"The AACR is the leading association of cancer researchers in the world. San Diego provided a unique venue for our membership, and we look forward to bringing the men and women who strive to cure cancer to other major cities," said Linda M. Still, CMP, director of meetings and exhibits at the AACR.

The continued growth of the AACR Annual Meeting has a major impact on its host city. This year in San Diego:

• More than 7,500 hotel rooms were reserved in about 35 hotels on peak nights.
• Over 800 commercial and non-profit organizations brought their messages and products to the exhibit hall floor.
• Approximately 42 shuttle buses transported attendees to and from their hotels and the surrounding area.
• Hotels in the area hosted 15 social events connected with the Annual Meeting that were attended by approximately 2,000 attendees.
• The San Diego Padres hosted an AACR night that brought nearly 2,600 AACR Annual Meeting attendees to a local venue.

AACR's Annual Meeting attracts attendees including leading academic, industry and government scientists, as well as clinical oncologists, students, cancer survivors, advocates and other health care professionals. Such a diverse group facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of new ideas and collaborations. This year, more than 6,000 scientific abstracts were selected for presentation, complementing an outstanding program of scientific and educational events.

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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 more than 28,000 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 more than 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 and its sixth major journal, Cancer Prevention Research, is the only journal worldwide dedicated exclusively to cancer prevention from preclinical research to clinical trials. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors, patient advocates, their families, physicians and scientists. CR provides a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship and advocacy.

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Jeremy Moore