American Association for Cancer Research

Press Releases: 2008

American Association for Cancer Research Welcomes New Publisher

June 30, 2008

Diane Scott-Lichter Tapped to Oversee AACR's Dynamic Publications Program 

PHILADELPHIA - The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announces the appointment of Diane Scott-Lichter as publisher and head of its scientific publishing division. Scott-Lichter succeeds former publisher Kathleen Case who recently retired following a distinguished seven-year tenure at AACR.

As publisher, Scott-Lichter will oversee all aspects of production, marketing and strategic planning for the AACR's publications program, including the following peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research, the most frequently cited cancer journal in the world; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and the association's most recent publication and its sixth major journal, Cancer Prevention Research, dedicated exclusively to the publication of the latest developments in the burgeoning field of cancer prevention, from preclinical research to clinical trials.

"After launching a national search, the AACR was very fortunate to have found Ms. Scott-Lichter, an accomplished leader in scholarly publishing with a unique blend of experience in both commercial and academic society settings," said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), AACR's chief executive officer. "Diane Scott-Lichter's extraordinary expertise and leadership in scholarly publishing will be extremely important to us as the AACR continues to meet the expanding information needs of laboratory and clinical cancer researchers around the world. We are very fortunate indeed to have her as a member of the senior management team of the AACR, and I look forward to working with her to raise the bar in AACR's achievements in print and electronic publishing of high-quality cancer research."

Prior to joining AACR, Scott-Lichter was senior director of publications for The Endocrine Society. Previously, she was the publisher of medical journals for Blackwell Publishing in Malden, Mass., where she was responsible for developing a global medical journal acquisition strategy. She has also held journal publishing positions with the American Cancer Society, Elsevier Science Inc., Carden Jennings Publishing Company, and the American Chemical Society.

Scott-Lichter is currently president of the Council of Science Editors, vice-chair of the scientific publishing committee of the American Heart Association, and on the board of directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in publishing communications from New York University.

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer at the earliest possible time through research, education, communications, and collaborations. Founded in 1907, AACR is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to saving lives through advancements in 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 six major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and Cancer Prevention Research. 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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