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AACR to Host COVID-19 and Cancer Virtual Meeting, Feb. 3-5

Media registration now open 

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will host a virtual meeting on COVID-19 and cancer Feb. 3-5, 2021. Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the media.

The AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer will feature an opening keynote address from Ugur Sahin, MD, PhD, chief executive officer of BioNTech, the company that, in partnership with Pfizer, developed the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The meeting will also include presentations of emerging data in basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological research related to COVID-19 and cancer, providing important updates on the advances made since the first AACR meeting on this topic in July 2020.

Sessions will cover topics including:

  • Cancer prevention and early detection during the pandemic
  • COVID-19 long-term effects and impact on cancer survivorship
  • Ensuring continuity of cancer care during the pandemic
  • Effects of cancer treatments on COVID-19
  • Health inequities and disparities as they relate to the pandemic

The full program is available here.

Interview opportunities with AACR President Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, FAACR, and E. John Wherry, III, PhD, program committee chair for the AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer, are available. To interview Ribas and/or Wherry, please contact Julia Gunther at [email protected].

Media Registration

Registration for the AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer is now open. Reporters planning to cover the meeting will need to register with the AACR Communications and Public Relations department in order to receive complimentary access to meeting sessions as well as embargoed press materials. Individuals registered as press agree to abide by all embargoes.

To register as press, journalists must provide official press credentials such as a business card, editorial roster or masthead, international press card, or letter of assignment. Alternatively, journalists may provide proof of membership in the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). In addition, journalists may be asked to provide examples of recent bylined health/medical/science coverage or further information about their plans for covering the meeting. Read the AACR’s full media registration policy and requirements.

Members of the media can register by contacting Kathleen Venango at [email protected].

Contact the AACR Public Relations team with any questions:

Julia Gunther, associate director, [email protected] or 770-403-7690

Matthew Burns, manager, [email protected] or 610-618-0666

Kathleen Venango, coordinator, [email protected] or 215-290-5408

Rick Buck, senior director, communications and public relations, [email protected] or 856-562-5668