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Media Registration Open for the AACR’s Virtual Conference on Cancer Health Disparities

PHILADELPHIA – The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), in association with the AACR Minorities in Cancer Research Council, will host a virtual conference titled The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved from October 6-8, 2021.

This conference, now in its 14th year, aims to advance the understanding of and ultimately help eliminate the disparities that represent a major public health problem in our country. Reflecting this transdisciplinary field, professionals from academia, industry, government, and the community are brought together to promote the exchange of novel ideas, discuss the latest findings in the field, and stimulate the development of new research on cancer health disparities.

Topics to be covered at the meeting include but are not limited to addressing cancer health disparities in the Hispanic/Latin(o/x), African American/Black, indigenous, and LGBTQ+ communities; clinical trial participation among underrepresented populations; disparities in screening guidelines; using artificial intelligence and other research tools in cancer health disparities research; lessons from the pandemic; and more hot topics in cancer health disparities. View the preliminary meeting program.

This year, Robert A. Winn, MD, director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center, will give the opening keynote address on Wednesday, October 6, at 10 a.m. ET. Loriana Hernandez-Aldama, cancer survivor, patient advocate, and founder of ArmorUp For LIFE, will give the advocate keynote address immediately following. Winn was a steering committee member for the inaugural AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report.

Media Registration

Reporters must register for access to abstracts, posters, meeting sessions, and embargoed press materials.

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). Journalists seeking complimentary registration may also be asked to provide recent bylined health/medical/science coverage or further information about their plans for covering the meeting. Please review the complete registration requirements and policies.

Members of the media can request registration by filling out the registration form in the AACR’s online newsroom. Contact Kathleen Venango at [email protected] or 215-290-5408 with registration questions.


For more information, contact a member of the AACR public relations team:

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

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

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

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

Follow the meeting on Twitter: #AACRDisp21.