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Program

Please note that this meeting will take place as an in-person event in Philadelphia and will not live-stream content for virtual participation. The meeting content will be recorded and made available as an on-demand program after the conference. Registration details.

CME credit is available for in-person attendance for the designated sessions. On-demand presentations are not eligible for CME.

All presentations are scheduled to be live, in-person presentations at the date and time specified below unless noted otherwise.  Program is subject to change.

[R] – remote presentation

Friday, September 16

Welcome and Opening Session

Saturday, September 17

Plenary Session 1: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA): What Does It Really Mean for Cancer Health Disparities Research?
Hot Topics 1: Presentations from the Top-Rated Abstracts
Professional Advancement Session Presented by Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR)
Concurrent Session 1: NIH Initiatives: Bridging the Equity Gap
Concurrent Session 2: Colorectal Cancer, Endometrial, Breast Cancer, and Pancreatic Cancer
Plenary 2: American Indian/Alaska Native Populations and Cancer Health Disparities
Educational Session 1: Publicly Available Databases and Resources for Cancer Health
Educational Session 2: Integration of Single Cell/Spatial Genomic Tools to Study Cancer Health Disparities

Sunday, September 18

Addressing Advocacy at the Bench
Plenary Session 3: The Basic Science of Stress and Cancer Health Disparities: From Environment to Cancer Biology
Hot Topics 2: Presentations from the Top-Rated Abstracts
Concurrent Session 3: Clinical Cancer Research and Diversity
Concurrent Session 4: Survivorship Disparities
Plenary Session 4: The Role of COVID in Worsening Existing Cancer Health Disparities in the US and Globally
AACR Government Affairs Session

Monday, September 19

Plenary Session 5: Tumor Microenvironment, Tumor Immunology, and Cancer Health Disparities
Concurrent Session 5: Global Health
Concurrent Session 6: Obesity and Cancer
Plenary Session 6: Incorporating Genetic Ancestry into Cancer Research

Friday, September 16 

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Welcome and Opening Session 
4-6:00 p.m. 
Keynote Address 

Title to be announced
Douglas R. Lowy, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland 

Advocate Keynote

Wenora Y. Johnson, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Alexandria, Illinois

AACR Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities 

Speaker to be announced

Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Meet and Greet 
6-7 p.m.
Poster Session A / Opening Reception  
7-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 17 

Breakfast and Professional Networking Roundtables 
7:30-8:30 a.m. 
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Plenary Session 1: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA): What Do They Really Mean for Cancer Health Disparities Research? 
Session Chair: Nadine J. Barrett, Duke University Health System, Inc., Durham, North Carolina 
8:30-10 a.m.
Break 
10-10:30 a.m.
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NCI Listening Session: Embracing Complexity: Understanding Context to Eliminate Cancer Disparities and Achieve Equity
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Professional Advancement Session Presented by Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) 
12:30-2 p.m. 

**Lunch on own for those not attending 

Concurrent Sessions 1 and 2 
2-3 p.m.
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Concurrent Session 1: NIH Initiatives: Bridging the Equity Gap 
Session Chairs: Martin Mendoza, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland and Tiffany A. Wallace, NCI-CRCHD, Rockville, Maryland 

All of Us
Karriem S. Watson, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

UNITE
Leia Butler, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Additional speakers to be announced

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Concurrent Session 2: : Organ-Based Session: Breast and Endometrial Cancers
Session Chair: Adetunji T. Toriola, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, and Onyinye D. Balogun, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
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Plenary 2: American Indian/Alaska Native Populations and Cancer Health Disparities 
Session Chair:  Claradina Soto, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, California, and  Francine C. Gachupin, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 
3-4 p.m.
Break
4:30-5 p.m.
Educational Sessions 1 & 2 
5-6 p.m.
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Educational Session 1: Publicly Available Databases and Resources for Cancer Health Disparities Research: Database Access for Beginners 
Session Chair: Katherine Y. Tossas, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

The National Cancer Database (NCDB) and Cancer Health Disparity Research: What is in this clinical data set and how do I get a copy?
Ryan McCabe, The American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois

All of Us
Karriem S. Watson, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

AACR Project GENIE
Jocelyn Lee, AACR Project GENIE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Educational Session 2: Integration of Single Cell/Spatial Genomic Tools to Study Cancer Health Disparities 
Session Chairs: Sophia H. L. George, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, Florida AND Jasmine Plummer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California 

Title to be announced
Jasmine Plummer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

Single nuclei chromatin accessibility and transcriptomic map of breast tissues of women of diverse genetic ancestry
Harikrishna Nakshatri, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Utilizing Visium spatial transcriptomics to investigate prostate cancer disparity in men of African descent
Maxine Harlemon, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, California

Poster Session B / Reception  
6-7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 18 

Breakfast and Professional Networking Roundtables 
8-9 a.m.
Addressing Advocacy at the Bench 
8-9 a.m.
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Plenary Session 3: The Basic Science of Stress and Cancer Health Disparities: From Environment to Cancer Biology
Session Chairs: Leanne  Woods-Burnham, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California (Second Chair to be announced)
9-10:30 a.m.
Break  
10:30-11 a.m.
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Hot Topics and Recent Discoveries 1 and 2: presentations from the Top-Rated Abstracts
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hot Topics 1: Presentations from the Top-Rated Abstracts

Hot Topics 2: Presentations from the Top-Rated Abstracts

Poster Session C / Lunch 
12:30-2 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 3 and 4
2-3 p.m.
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Concurrent Session 3: Clinical Cancer Research and Diversity 
Session Chair: Marvella E. Ford, MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, South Carolina (second session chair to be announced)
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Concurrent Session 4: Survivorship Disparities 
Session chairs: Susan Hong, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, and Yamile Molina, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Examining racial disparities in treatment-related cardiovascular dysfunction in breast cancer survivors
Arnethea L. Sutton, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Barriers and facilitators of Hispanic/Latino parents caring for a childhood cancer survivor-in a safety-net hospital
Carol Y. Ochoa, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California

Title to be announced
Timiya S. Nolan, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio

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Plenary Session 4: The Role of COVID in Worsening Existing Cancer Health Disparities in the US and Globally 
Session Chair: Amelie G. Ramirez, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
3-4:30 p.m.

Title to be announced
Grace X. Ma, Temple University, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Title to be announced
Laura Fejerman, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Davis, California

Break  
4:30-5 p.m.
AACR Government Affairs Session
Session Chair: John D. Carpten, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, California
5-6 p.m.
Special Session 
6-7 p.m.
Evening Off / Dinner on Own 
7 p.m.

Monday, September 19 

Breakfast and Professional Networking Roundtables 
8-9 a.m.
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Plenary Session 5: Tumor Microenvironment, Tumor Immunology, and Cancer Health Disparities
Session Chairs: Santiago Lima, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, Jasmine A. McDonald, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New Yorkand Valerie Odero-Marah, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland 
9-10:30 a.m. 

Title to be announced
Melissa A. Troester, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Multi-omics approaches in cancer research with applications in tumor prognosis, and diagnosis
Sandeep Singhal, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Title to be announced
Kosj Yamoah, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida

Basic science mechanisms associated with bone tumor microenvironment and health disparities in breast and prostate cancer
Valerie Odero-Marah, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Break 
10:30-11 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 5 and 6 
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Concurrent Session 5: Global Health 
Session chairs: James R. Alaro, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, and Neal A. Palafox, John A. Burns School. of Medicine University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Concurrent Session 6: Obesity and Cancer
Session Chairs: Tyvette Hilliard, Harper Cancer Research Institute, Notre Dame, Indiana, and Elizabeth M. Cespedes Feliciano, Kaiser Permanente – Northern California, Oakland, California
 
Break 
12-12:30 p.m.
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Plenary Session 6: Incorporating Genetic Ancestry into Cancer Research 
Session chair: K. Sean Kimbro, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolinaand Rick A. Kittles, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California 
12:30-2 p.m.

Title to be announced
Melissa B. Davis, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York

Closing Remarks
2-2:15 p.m. 

Kevin L. Gardner, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, New York 
Kevin Sean Kimbro, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina 
Martin Mendoza, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 
Camille C. R. Ragin, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Claradina Soto, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, California