American Association for Cancer Research

Press Releases: 2009

Senator Arlen Specter to Address AACR Annual Meeting

April 14, 2009

DENVER - The American Association for Cancer Research will honor Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania with a Centennial Award for Distinguished Public Service. At the AACR 100th Annual Meeting 2009, Specter will address the meeting with a live video transmission at the opening ceremony on Sunday, April 19, 2009, at 8:15 a.m. MST.

Dr. John Glick (left) and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (right).Specter has served in Congress for more than a quarter century and has worked tirelessly to strengthen America's leadership in biomedical research and secure sustained funding for cancer research. Most recently, Specter's courageous support of a bold amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resulted in the infusion of an additional $10.4 billion to support the work of the National Institutes of Health, including the National Cancer Institute.

"Senator Specter has brought a powerful voice to the fight against this terrible disease. His personal strength in battling cancer while carrying on his critical duties in the United States Senate is a tribute to his courage and dedication to biomedical research in this country," said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research. "His past and current support has truly made a difference in the lives of millions of cancer survivors, patients and their families across the nation."

Specter has been responsible for many other initiatives over the years that have emphasized the importance of providing long-term stable and sustained financial support for the cancer research enterprise. His leadership was a driving force for accomplishing the five-year doubling of the budget of the National Institutes of Health that was completed in 2003.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to address the AACR at the 100th Annual Meeting, and I applaud the organization for its long-standing and visionary advocacy for advancing cancer research. Health is one of our greatest national assets, and it is critical that we invest in research that has the potential to cure the maladies of the world," said Specter.

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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 nearly 90 other countries. The 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. The 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 and their families, patient advocates, 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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