American Association for Cancer Research

Opening Ceremony

100th Annual Meeting 2009 Opening Ceremony

AACR President Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., hosted the Opening Ceremony of the AACR 100th Annual Meeting 2009, which began with a multimedia experience on "100 Years of Science, Synergy, and Success," and led to a celebrity-packed awards ceremony. This included a video appearance by CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric; a live, interactive question and answer session with United States Senator Arlen Specter; a presentation from the Stand Up To Cancer Executive Leadership Council; and a roster of luminaries from the scientific cancer community.

A highlight of the Opening Ceremony included a multimedia experience on "100 Years of Science, Synergy and Success," a video premier of the advancements in cancer research, and the historical developments of the AACR and its role as the nucleus of scientific exchange in the cancer arena. 


At the Opening Ceremony, the AACR honored the dedication of preeminent cancer researchers and advocates with prestigious awards:

  • Third Annual Team Science Award
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Team
  • Sixth Annual AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research
    Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., M.Sc.
  • 2009 Centennial Medals for Distinguished Public Service
    Kathy Giusti
    Nicholas P. (Nick) Valvano
    Stand Up to Cancer Executive Leadership Council: Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Laura Ziskin, Ellen Ziffren, Lisa Paulsen, Kathleen Lobb, Noreen Fraser, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz
  • Third Annual AACR Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research
    Anna D. Barker, Ph.D.
  • 2009 Award for Distinguished Public Service
    United States Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA)

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