Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) is established to meet the professional needs and advance the careers of minority scientists.
More than 5,000 abstracts are submitted to the Annual Meeting; attendance exceeds 12,000.
The AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer is formally launched.
AACR Journals Online first offers the full text of all AACR journals.
Affiliate Membership, for health professionals working in support of cancer and biomedical research, and Student Membership, for high school students and undergraduates, are introduced.
The Association launches its fifth journal, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD (right), is the founding editor.
Membership categories are modified to allow international scientists to join as Active Members.
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The inaugural AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research is presented to Michael B. Sporn, MD (right). (In 2013, the award is renamed as the AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Prevention Research.)
The inaugural Kirk A. Landon-AACR Prize for Basic Cancer Research is presented to Robert N. Eisenman, PhD (right). (Landon Prizes are changed to INNOVATOR awards in 2009.)
The first MICR Symposium is held: Is Race/Ethnicity a Meaningful Construct in Studies of Cancer Etiology and Treatment?
The inaugural Dorothy P. Landon-AACR Prize for Translational Cancer Research is presented to Elwood V. Jensen, PhD (right), and V. Craig Jordan, PhD (far right). (Landon Prizes are changed to INNOVATOR awards in 2009.)
The inaugural AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research is held in October in Boston, Massachusetts.
Cell Growth & Differentiation is relaunched as Molecular Cancer Research. Michael B. Kastan, MD (right), is the founding editor.
AACR headquarters moves to One Independence Mall (615 Chestnut Street), Philadelphia.
Three days before the opening events in April, the AACR Annual Meeting is canceled because of the SARS outbreak in Toronto. The meeting is rescheduled for July in Washington, DC.
The inaugural AACR Distinguished Lecture is delivered by James E. Darnell, Jr., MD (right). (In 2013, the lectureship is renamed the AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lecture.)
AACR membership surpasses 20,000.
The inaugural AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research is presented to Emil Frei III, MD (right).
CR Magazine, the AACR's first consumer magazine, is launched. (In 2011, the magazine is relaunched as Cancer Today.)
The inaugural AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Memorial Lecture is delivered by Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD (right).
Landmarks in Cancer Research, a display and publication, is issued in honor of the AACR Centennial.
The inaugural AACR Team Science Award is presented to the University of Michigan-Brigham and Women's Hospital Team.
The inaugural AACR Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research is presented to AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc) (right). (In 2008, the award is renamed the Margaret Foti Award.)
The inaugural AACR-Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lecture is delivered by Webster K. Cavenee, PhD (right).
The first AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved is held in Atlanta, Georgia.
The inaugural AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research is presented to Samuel J. Danishefsky, PhD (right).
The AACR opens its Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs in Washington, DC.
The AACR launches its sixth journal, Cancer Prevention Research. Scott Lippman, MD (right), is the founding editor.
Stand Up To Cancer, a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, holds its first fundraising telecast. The AACR is the scientific partner to SU2C.
Stand Up To Cancer Innovative Research Teams (Dream Teams) are established.
The AACR first collaborates with the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Baylor College of Medicine to support the CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
The inaugural AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research is presented to Douglas Easton, PhD (right), at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
The inaugural AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research is given by Joan Massagué, PhD (right), at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
The AACR celebrates its 100th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, with an exhibit displaying the history of the meeting.[View the display (PDF; 13 MB).]
A video titled "It's Our Time" reflects the accomplishments and possibilities of cancer research. The video receives four Telly awards; videos in subsequent years garner more awards.
The second Stand Up To Cancer telecast is held on September 10.
The inaugural AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Health Care Disparities is given by Charles M. Perou, PhD (right), at the Cancer Health Disparities meeting.
The AACR is certified as a provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME).
The Association launches its seventh journal, Cancer Discovery. Lewis C. Cantley, PhD (right), and Jose Baselga, MD, PhD (far right), are the founding editors.
The first AACR Cancer Progress Report is published.
The third Stand Up To Cancer telecast is held on September 7.
The inaugural class of Fellows of the AACR Academy is inducted.
Cancer Policy Monitor is launched by the AACR Washington office.
The AACR partners with over 200 organizations and institutions to conduct the first Rally for Medical Research, April 8, Washington, DC.[Watch a video of the Rally for Medical Research.]
The Association launches its eighth journal, Cancer Immunology Research. Glenn Dranoff, MD (right), is the founding editor.
The inaugural AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology is presented to James P. Allison, MD (right).
The AACR International Office—the organization’s first satellite office outside the United States—opens in Shanghai, China. The International Office supports the launch of the inaugural New Horizons in Cancer Research Conference, held in Shanghai in October.
Cancer Research Catalyst, the AACR blog, is launched.
The inaugural Young Champion in Cancer Research Award is given to Elena Simon.
A second international satellite office is opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The fourth Stand Up To Cancer telecast is held on September 5.
The AACR supports production of the PBS series CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES. More than 40 current and former AACR members—including 17 Fellows of the AACR Academy—are among the 60 eminent scientists interviewed.
Annual Meeting attendance sets a record of over 19,000.
The AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism (right) is announced.
The AACR is named the charity partner for the AACR Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.
The AACR announces Project GENIE (Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange).
[For a summary of AACR programs and initiatives in 2015, read the AACR Annual Report.]
On January 8, AACR President Jose Baselga leads a delegation of 15 AACR members to meet with Vice President Joe Biden’s senior staff to discuss the state of cancer research. Four days later, during his State of the Union Address, President Obama announced the launch of a National Cancer Moonshot Initiative led by Vice President Biden.
Vice President Biden (right) addresses nearly 4,000 attendees during the AACR Annual Meeting 2016 to thank the cancer research community for devoting their lives to cancer research and to encourage them to share their ideas to more quickly accelerate progress against cancer.
AACR journals commemorate 100 years of scientific publishing and the 75th anniversary of Cancer Research with a special walk-through display and publication at the Annual Meeting.
AACR International launches the inaugural African Cancer Researchers Travel Awards to offset the travel expenses for five cancer scientists to attend the AACR Annual Meeting 2016.
The fifth Stand Up To Cancer telecast is held on September 9.
[For a summary of AACR programs and initiatives in 2016, read the AACR Annual Report.]
Thirteen months after its launch, AACR Project GENIE makes public its first data release. The dataset contains nearly 19,000 de-identified genomic records and the associated limited clinical data and covers 59 major cancer types.
Joe Biden (right) returns to the AACR Annual Meeting to outline the Cancer Moonshot progress made to date and to thank the attendees for their efforts to accelerate that progress.
The AACR hosts its first-ever conferences on the African and South American continents. New Frontiers in Cancer Research was held in Cape Town, South Africa, in January, and the AACR International Conference on Translational Cancer Medicine was held in São Paulo, Brazil, in May.
The AACR is named the title partner for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon.