AACR Annual Meeting 2014

Scientific Program Committee Chairperson:
Scott W. Lowe, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.

The theme for the AACR Annual Meeting 2014 was, “Harnessing Breakthroughs – Targeting Cures,” and reflected the fact that the translation of basic science into clinical advances for the benefit of cancer patients is occurring at an increasing pace and more seamlessly than ever before. Along with hundreds of invited talks from an elite roster of speakers, more than 6,000 proffered papers from the world’s top cancer researchers were presented. As a new feature at the meeting, five early-career investigators, called “NextGen Stars,” were selected to present their research during major symposia and current concepts sessions. We are very excited about this initiative because it is vital that we acknowledge the great work of these young investigators who will drive the remarkable progress against cancer going forward.

The AACR Annual Meeting 2014 also showcased pioneering clinical trials, many of which highlighted emerging approaches for personalizing cancer care. The therapeutics being evaluated in these clinical trials are underpinned by our knowledge of cancer biology, and the meeting provided a tremendous opportunity for basic and clinical researchers and clinicians to exchange ideas. Recognizing that personalized cancer medicine requires multidisciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration, we also offered a robust regulatory science and policy track with 10 exciting sessions of significant interest to both laboratory and clinical scientists in all subfields and sectors of the cancer field.

The 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research was held April 5-9, 2014, in San Diego, Calif., and drew over 18,000 researchers, patient advocates, and other professionals in the cancer field from around the world. The AACR Annual Meeting is the premier cancer research event where the latest and most exciting basic, translational, and clinical discoveries are presented each year. It once again provided a unique opportunity for members of the worldwide cancer research community to learn about cutting-edge advances, obtain feedback on their own research, and make connections that will foster future collaborations.

The program, which covered all aspects of cancer research, would not have been possible without the vision and dedication of the co-chairpersons and members of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee and the co-chairpersons and members of the Education Committee. We also express our heartfelt appreciation to the corporations, organizations, and foundations that have provided generous financial support for the AACR Annual Meeting 2014. These valued contributions helped to make possible this critical forum for the exchange of ideas that will lead to fruitful, innovative collaborations and advances in the field. Also, the professional development of young cancer researchers through various educational sessions and grants, including Scholar-in-Training Awards, was made possible by this support.

AACR Annual Meeting 2014 • April 5-9, 2014
San Diego Convention Center • San Diego, Calif.