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Initiatives and Partnerships

The AACR is proud of its mission to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Some of the AACR’s signature events include:

The AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism

The AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism is a program of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to raise awareness of the critical role that the media play in educating the public about cancer and cancer research. The AACR Biedler Prize has been established to showcase outstanding examples of cancer journalism, and to recognize individual professional journalists who have produced accurate, informative, and compelling stories.

Progress and Promise Against Cancer Television Broadcast 

On November 19, 2019, the AACR once again will embark on a collaboration with NBC10/Telemundo and the City of Philadelphia for an all-day television broadcast. Held in conjunction with the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, this live TV broadcast will bring together the cancer research experts representing seven of the Philadelphia region’s largest health care and academic institutions to answer questions from viewers who call, email, or text their questions during the program. During the event, AACR Past President Raymond DuBois, MD, led a conversation titled “Driving Progress Against Cancer.” In addition, AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program Scientist Mentors Emil Lou, MD, and Brian Rivers, PhD, participated in a panel discussion with cancer survivors Aime Franco, PhD, and Col. (Ret) James E. Williams Jr.

Progress and Promise Against Cancer 

Each year, in conjunction with the AACR Annual Meeting, the AACR presents Progress and Promise Against Cancer, a community event featuring some of the greatest minds in cancer research. Held in the city hosting the scientific meeting, the event educates the public on a variety of topics including cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Local patient advocates are also invited to share their inspirational stories.

People v. Cancer presented by The Atlantic 

On November 12, 2019, the AACR was proud to serve as a presenting underwriter for The Atlantic’s People v. Cancer, an interactive summit of members from the oncology community to discuss what it means to live with cancer today. Researchers from top cancer centers, survivors and advocates discussed the latest advances in research, treatment options just on the horizon, survivorship, and advocacy. Topics such as the scalability of immunotherapy, Medicaid expansion, nutrition’s impact on cancer care and many others were discussed throughout the day. convened to harness the power of human stories to highlight the latest advances in cancer research. 

Biden Cancer Community Summit 

On Friday, September 21, 2018, the AACR and WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate, hosted Progress and Promise Against Cancer: A Biden Cancer Community Summit with special guest Dr. Jill Biden. The summit was held in conjunction with the Biden Cancer Initiative, which convened a national Summit in Washington, D.C. As the largest summit in Philadelphia, Progress and Promise Against Cancer featured leading cancer researchers to discuss the latest advances in cancer research spanning prevention, treatment, and survivorship. 

National Cancer Research Month

Each May, the AACR celebrates National Cancer Research Month, which recognizes the importance of cancer research and the contributions of researchers, physician-scientists, survivors, and patient advocates throughout the country who are dedicated to the conquest of cancer.

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