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ICYMI: Highlights from the AACR Annual Meeting 2019

AACR’s Blog, Cancer Research Catalyst, Reports on Trends and Key Sessions

Over the past few months, science writers from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) published 23 posts highlighting events, experts, and research featured at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 on the AACR’s blog, Cancer Research Catalyst. This coverage can serve as a resource to journalists who are looking to explore the latest trends in cancer research as well as provide support for those who covered the meeting but were unable to attend these sessions. Blog highlights include:

AACR Leaders Share Highlights and Future Direction

This post summarizes the final plenary session, a wrap-up of the meeting with presentations from AACR leaders including outgoing AACR President Elizabeth Jaffee, MD, and incoming AACR President Elaine Mardis, PhD.

Patients as Partners in the Research Process

This year’s Presidential Select Symposium addressed how patients and survivors can participate in cancer research, and the unique perspectives they bring to the process.

PD-1 Pandemonium
Richard Pazdur, MD, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncology Center of Excellence, moderated a candid conversation with industry representatives about the current state of PD-1- and PD-L1-targeted cancer immunotherapeutics.

Promising Data from CAR T-cell Clinical Trials for Advanced Solid Tumors

CAR T-cell therapy has demonstrated remarkable success in treating some blood cancers. Two studies featured in the AACR Annual Meeting press program highlighted the progress that’s being made in using this technology to treat solid tumors as well.

Plenary Examines Global Issues in Cancer

A plenary session on Monday, April 1, delved into the complexity of cancer health disparities and placed a spotlight on cancer as a global health issue. In addition to the posts above, the AACR’s bloggers covered topics such as the Biden Cancer Initiative and Dr. Jill Biden’s talk at the meeting; overcoming drug resistance; and many more. See the full list of AACR Annual Meeting blog posts.

The AACR also held three on-site press conferences and a remote media preview press conference, which were all webcast and recorded. Access them here.

The AACR Annual Meeting 2019 attracted more than 21,500 scientists, clinicians, advocates, and other attendees from around the world to Atlanta. With a focus on the theme “Integrative Cancer Science – Global Impact – Individualized Patient Care,” the scientific program included an outstanding roster of world-class speakers, hundreds of invited talks, and more than 5,000 proffered papers. Journalists are welcome to use the blog posts. If you quote a post in your article, please cite the American Association for Cancer Research and link back to the post.

Contact Julia Gunther at julia.gunther@aacr.org with any inquiries. Blog coverage of the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 is part of the continuing mission of Cancer Research Catalyst to further accelerate the growth and spread of knowledge about cancer, while providing helpful and interesting information to AACR members and the public.

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