AACR Annual Meeting 2018

General Information 

AACR Celebrates 110 Years!
Founded on May 7, 1907, the AACR is the first and largest professional organization in the world dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure all cancers. A year-long celebration of AACR scientists and scientific achievements is coming to a close. Be sure to visit the AACR Landmarks Display!

The Greatest Minds in Cancer Science Come Together to Inspire and Educate the Public
As part of its commitment to increasing the public’s understanding of cancer and cancer research, the AACR will host a dynamic day of conversation and education for patients, survivors, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning about cancer science. On Saturday, April 14, the AACR will bring together some of the world’s most esteemed cancer physicians and scientists to share the latest in cancer research, treatment, early detection and prevention. AACR Survivor and Patient Advocates will also be featured in this program to incorporate the patient voice within these areas of discussion.

AACR Runners for Research Annual Meeting 5K Run/Walk
The AACR Runners for Research Annual Meeting 5k Run/Walk will be held once again. Join our team to enjoy a run through the streets of Chicago while raising funds and awareness for cancer research!

AACR Scientific Achievement Awards
Since 1961, when the first Scientific Award was presented, the AACR has presented hundreds of Awards and Lectureships to recognize the scientific achievements of scientists and physicians who collectively have made significant contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer. Learn more​ about these awards.

Assistance for Physically Challenged Registrants
The AACR Annual Meeting is accessible to all attendees. Registrants with special requirements for transportation, hotel accommodations, or other facilities connected with the meeting should notify the AACR in advance by checking the appropriate box when registering and providing the necessary details or by emailing Kelsey Kliwinski ( In addition, a list of organizations in Chicago, Illinois, that offer special equipment or services for the physically challenged will be posted in Jan. 2018.

Child Care
The AACR will provide professional child care services through KiddieCorp for infants and children ages 6 months to 12 years during the Annual Meeting. As a convenience for registrants, the AACR subsidizes the cost of this service, which is $12.00 per hour for each child (a two-hour minimum is required). Snacks and beverages are included in the fee, but meals must be provided by parents. Medication (including sunscreen) will NOT be administered by KiddieCorp. To ensure a safe and fun-filled environment, any child who is ill will not be admitted to the children’s program. Advance registration is essential because space is limited. Onsite registration will be permitted as space allows. The deadline for advance registration is March 16, 2018. Special arrangements may also be made for infants under 6 months old by contacting Leah Burton (

Child Care Hours
Saturday, April 14: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 15: 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, April 16: 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17: 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18: 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Nursing Mothers Suite
Annual Meeting attendees who are also nursing mothers will find the Nursing Mothers Suite to be a private, comfortable, and secure environment in which to nourish and nurture their babies. AACR-Women in Cancer Research is pleased to sponsor this important service.

Nursing Mothers Suite Hours
Saturday, April 14: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 15: 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, April 16: 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17: 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18: 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Code of Conduct, Policies, and Procedures
The AACR Annual Meeting 2018 will bring together 20,000 representatives from academia, industry, government, and advocacy organizations from across the globe. In order for all participants to have the opportunity to gain the most benefit from this conference, the AACR is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. Please review the following policies and procedures for conference participants. By registering for the AACR Annual Meeting 2018, you agree to the following terms:

  • AACR Policy Regarding Photography. Conference attendees may take photographs during oral or poster presentations provided that the photographs are strictly for personal, noncommercial use and are not to be published in any form. Attendees are prohibited from using flash photography or otherwise distracting the presenters or members of the audience.
  • AACR Policy Regarding Social Media. Conference attendees may share information from presentations on social media provided that they respect the wishes of presenters. Oral presenters may label any or all slides in their presentations with “DO NOT POST.” Similarly, poster presenters may label their posters with “DO NOT POST.” Attendees must respect the presenters’ requests in these instances; while attendees may take photographs of all slides and posters, they must refrain from posting on social media any images from slides or posters labeled “DO NOT POST.”
  • The AACR prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct of any kind during this program. This applies to all participants—attendees, presenters, exhibitors, staff, vendors, etc.
  • The AACR is committed to a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for all participants of this program, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • The AACR expects all participants to communicate professionally and constructively, handling dissent and disagreement with courtesy, dignity, and an open mind, being respectful when providing feedback, and being open to alternate points of view.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not permitted in any scientific session, poster session, the exhibit hall, or any official event taking place at this program at any time. Children cannot be left unattended or unsupervised in the convention center.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off or placed on “silent” mode before entering a session. Participants should step out of session rooms to make calls or send emails or texts, as the back lighting on electronic devices is distracting to other participants.
  • The AACR expects participants to share information about this program responsibly and clearly distinguish individual opinion from fact.
  • A professional photographer and videographer will be on site to document conference events and activities between April 14 and April 18, 2018. Photographs and video footage are the sole property of AACR. By registering for and attending these events, attendees understand that AACR may use their likenesses for future promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be photographed, please notify the photographer and/or videographer onsite.
  • Participants must obey all applicable laws and regulations of the relevant government authorities while attending this program. Participants must comply with all applicable safety guidelines related to the conference venue.
  • If a session room becomes too crowded, the AACR asks you to follow instructions provided by the AACR staff, Convention Center staff, or security. Instructions may include not standing against the walls, not blocking the aisles or doors, or being denied entry if the room becomes too crowded. The AACR and all participants are obligated to abide by the guidelines established by the Fire Marshal in the Convention Center. If a room reaches full capacity and there is not full cooperation, the Fire Marshal has the authority to delay or terminate the session.
  • The hours of the exhibit hall are published in the Program Guide, Guide to Posters and Exhibits, the mobile app, and on signage at the exhibit hall entrances. Exhibitors and attendees are expected to follow these rules and to abide by the instructions of posted security guards and AACR Staff.
  • The AACR encourages responsible drinking for those drinking alcohol. Beer and wine will be offered at some official social events. Alcohol will not be served to anyone under the age of 21. Alcoholic beverages are allowed in specific areas and must not be taken out of these areas.

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