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AACR Timeline—A New Era of Expansion: 1982-1999


  • Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc) (below left) is appointed executive director (CEO), in addition to her positions as managing editor and publisher.
Margaret Foti
Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc)
John A. Montgomery
John A. Montgomery
  • The inaugural Bruce F. Cain Memorial Award is presented to John A. Montgomery (above right). The final Cain Award is presented in 2006.
  • The offices of Cancer Research and AACR Inc., are consolidated at the Fels Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia, the first official AACR headquarters.


  • Commercial exhibits are introduced at the Annual Meeting.
  • The first AACR Newsletter is published.
  • CME is offered for the AACR Annual Meeting.



  • Women in Cancer Research (WICR) is launched.
  • The first AACR Special Conference is held: Gene Regulation and Oncogenes, Phillip A. Sharp, Chairperson.
  • AACR retains a firm to provide representation in Washington, D.C.
  • An Associate Member category for early-career scientists is established.
  • AACR headquarters moves to the Penn Mutual Tower, 6th and Walnut Streets,
    Philadelphia. A building fire causes a subsequent move.


  • AACR membership surpasses 5,000.
George F. Vande Woude
George F. Vande Woude


  • The Association launches Cell Growth & Differentiation, the first new AACR journal since Cancer Research. George F. Vande Woude, PhD (right) is the inaugural editor.
  • AACR headquarters moves to the Public Ledger Building, 6th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia.


Pelayo Correa
Pelayo Correa, MD



  • The inaugural AACR-Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award is presented to Benjamin G. Neel, MD, PhD. The Elion award is now a career development grant.


  • The AACR and ASCO cease holding Annual Meetings back-to-back in the same location.


  • The association launches its fourth journal, Clinical Cancer Research.
    John Mendelsohn, MD (below) is the inaugural editor-in-chief.
John Mendelsohn
John Mendelsohn, MD
  • AACR membership surpasses 10,000.



Thomas Bardos
Thomas Bardos


Frances Visco
  • On September 25-26, AACR participates in “THE MARCH: Coming Together to Conquer Cancer,” which culminates in a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. THE MARCH Research Task Force Report is published in Cancer Research.


1964-1981: Emerging Leadership in the Cancer Community
2000-present: At the Forefront of Science in the 21st Century