Defeating Cancer through Global Education and Training

AACR on Campus – Defeating Cancer through Global Education and Training is a global outreach program that will bring to academic and cancer research institutions locally relevant perspectives on cancer research trends and innovations. It will also provide opportunities for skills training and acquisition in manuscript writing, scientific communication, and network/career development.   

AACR on Campus draws upon the knowledge and expertise of the AACR International Affairs Committee, AACR Regional Advisory Groups, AACR Journal editorial communities, and various AACR staffers. The program works in collaboration with hospitals and cancer centers around the world, tailoring program offerings to address the interests, needs, and demographics of the local cancer research and clinical practice communities. Program organizers identify basic, translational, and clinical experts, journal editors, and leaders of peer cancer research organizations to deliver customized programming in several formats—lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions.  

Originally conceived as an in-person event, the 2021 AACR on Campus will be delivered through a digital platform due to the ongoing constraints of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Convened in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM), the AACR on Campus inaugural offering will provide academic and cancer research institutions in Latin America locally relevant perspectives on implementation science—its origins, aims, trends, innovations, and applications to cancer detection, prevention, and care. The program is designed to deliver an enhanced awareness and understanding of the links between implementation research and practice and the processes and factors related to the successful incorporation of evidence-based practices. It also provides skills training in areas such as manuscript writing, science communication, and network/career development. The first program will be held virtually on November 23, November 30, and December 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. 

The 2021 AACR on Campus program has been developed under the leadership of Co-chairs Ophira Ginsburg, MD, MSc, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France; Raúl Murillo, MD, MPH, of the Javeriana Center for Oncology, University Hospital, in San Ignacio, Bogotá, Colombia; Silvia Neciosup, MD, of the National Cancer Institute of Peru in Lima; and Gilberto Schwartsmann, MD, of Academic Hospital, Federal University, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.   

Delivered through a combination of recorded lecture presentations, case studies, article reviews, and live interactive Q&A, content for this inaugural AACR on Campus session is organized across three segments. 

Segment 1 will address basic concepts, theory, frameworks, tools, methods, and models of implementation science; Segment 2 covers implementation science and cancer prevention, early detection, and care. Segment 3 addresses preparing and publishing high quality implementation science manuscripts. It also covers science communication, clinical trial networks, and career development. Attendees completing all three segments will receive a certificate of participation. Program content will be delivered in English with Spanish subtitles provided.  

Speakers include:  

  • Raúl Murillo, MD, MPH, of the Javeriana Center for Oncology, University Hospital, Colombia;  
  • Anne Rositch, MSPH, PhD, of the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health;  
  • Carolina Wiesner, PhD, of the Instituto Nacional Cancerología, Colombia;  
  • Mauricio Maza, MD, MPH, of the Cancer Program of the Pan American Health Organization;  
  • Rebecca DeBoer, MD, of the University of California San Francisco Division of Hematology/Oncology;  
  • Fred Biemar, PhD, Jing Peng, PhD, and Srivani Ravoori, PhD, of the AACR;  
  • Diego Paonessa, Latin-American Association of Cancer Leagues;  
  • Eduardo Cazap, MD, PhD, of SLACOM, Argentina;
  • Gustavo Werutsky, MD, of Latin American Cooperative Oncology Group, Brazil; and  
  • Silvina Arrossi, PhD, of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad, Argentina. 

Going forward, the vision for AACR on Campus plans to seek new partnerships and support worldwide to continue delivering tailored content to help address unmet needs in cancer research. For more information on AACR on Campus, please visit our website.