American Association for Cancer Research

Scientist↔Survivor Program


The AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program is designed to build enduring partnerships among the leaders of the scientific and cancer survivor and patient advocacy communities worldwide. The program exposes advocates to special lay-language lectures, small group discussions and other interactions that provide a solid background in cancer research. SSP at the Annual Meeting 2012

The application deadline for the Scientist↔Survivor Program has passed. Check out advocate opportunities for the annual meeting. Learn more about the Scientist↔Survivor Program at the annual meeting.  

If you have any questions, please email

If you are a past participant of the Scientist↔Survivor Program, join SSP Connect! SSP Connect is an online community dedicated to sustaining partnerships and collaborations among the mentors and patient advocates who participate in SSP. Please email for a username and password.   


The AACR's Scientist↔Survivor Program takes place at various AACR scientific meetings. The program provides an opportunity for patient advocates to learn about cancer research and to interact with scientists, doctors and other advocates. Advocates join together with scientists, health professionals and other health care leaders to discuss the latest findings in cancer research, foster collaborative interdisciplinary partnerships, and promote progress in new research in cancer health disparities.

Below is a video podcast of patient advocate Timothy Buckland, a past participant in the Scientist↔Survivor Program, who discusses his cancer diagnosis as a young man. Watch more podcasts on the AACR YouTube channel.

November 21, 2013