American Association for Cancer Research

AACR Centennial

AACR Centennial
Marking 100 Years of Progress in
Saving Lives through Cancer Research

On May 7, 2007, the American Association for Cancer Research commemorated its 100th anniversary, marking a century of progress in saving lives through cancer research. In 2007, it is our honor to recognize the accomplishments of thousands of researchers and physicians – AACR members and nonmembers alike – who work every day to conquer cancer. All Centennial events and programs, whether scientific or educational in nature, are geared toward raising awareness about the progress researchers have made against cancer and what the future holds for cancer survivors and the public at large. Throughout the year, the AACR will also call attention to the vital importance of sustained research funding.

In honor of the AACR’s Centennial, a special concert featuring Grammy Award® winning artist, k.d. lang and Tony® and Emmy Award® winner, Mandy Patinkin, was held on Sunday evening, April 15 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk during the 2007 AACR Annual Meeting.

AACR is proud to recognize the spectacular accomplishments of cancer researchers around the world over the past 100 years and has created a visual exhibit of the most significant discoveries in cancer research since 1907, the year of our founding. Selected by a panel of AACR experts, the Landmarks in Cancer Research is also featured on the Centennial portion of the AACR website and in other visual materials.

Cancer Research – AACR’s oldest scientific journal – will publish a special series of themed reviews on key scientific advances across the broad spectrum of cancer research. Written by leading researchers and edited by a scientific advisory committee, the special series will be bound in a single volume for scholars and others seeking authoritative information and references on the history of cancer research.

To focus the nation on cancer research and the vital importance of sustained research funding, AACR has planned a series of legislative advocacy events and programs in Washington, DC.

The AACR kicked off its Centennial celebration at the 2007 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles with special ceremonies that preceded the Opening Plenary Session (view the webcast here). The Centennial theme carried through the meeting and will follow to our first Centennial Conference on Translational Cancer Medicine taking place November 4 - 8 in Singapore.