In This Section

AACR Events for Patient Advocates


Addressing Advocacy at the Benchmust be registered to attend the CHD Conference (Oct 6-8) to watch live event
October 7, 2021, 8:30 -9:30 A.M. ET
Learn More

AACR Virtual Patient Advocate Forum: The Potential of Big Data and Machine Learning for Oncology
October 12, 2021, 1 – 3:30 P.M. ET   NEW DATE
Register Now

Virtual Briefing: Release of the AACR Cancer Progress Report 2021
October 13, 2021, 1 – 2 P.M. ET   
Register Now

AACR/ABCF Educational Session – must be registered to attend SABCS to watch live event
December 8, 2021, 11:45 A.M CT/12:45 P.M. ET
Link tbd

AACR Virtual Patient Advocate Forum: How Evolution Shapes Cancer
December 13, 2021, 1 – 3:30 P.M. ET   NEW DATE
Sign Up for Additional Information

past events

Click on event titles to access recordings.

September 22-23, 2021 – Rally for Medical Research 2021 Hill Day
The Rally for Medical Research was formed to raise awareness at this critical time of the urgent need for increased investment in the NIH to improve health, spur more progress, inspire more hope, and save more lives.

June 2021 – National Cancer Survivor Month
AACR supports this awareness and education campaign celebrating those who have fought the disease and those who are currently in treatment.

May 17-21, 2021AACR Annual Meeting 2021: Week 2
The second week featured education sessions, methods workshops, meet the expert sessions, professional advancement sessions, and SSP recap sessions.

May 4, 2021 – AACR Virtual Patient Advocate Forum: The Promise of Immuno-Oncology
The Forum discussed the promise and challenges of immuno-oncology.

May 2021National Cancer Research Month
The AACR initiated and supports National Cancer Research Month to highlight the importance of lifesaving research to the millions of people around the world affected by the collection of devastating diseases we call cancer. 

April 15, 2021 – #AACR21 Wrap-Up: Twitter Chat for Patients and Advocates
The AACR-Cancer Today Magazine Twitter chat, moderated by Cancer Today Editor-in-Chief William G. Nelson, MD, PhD, discussed the highlights of Week 1 of the AACR Annual Meeting.

April 10-15 2021 – AACR Annual Meeting 2021: Week 1
The first week featured the opening ceremony, plenary sessions, major scientific sessions, award lectures, and the Annual Meeting SSP.

February 16, 2021 – AACR Virtual Patient Advocate Forum: Precision Oncology Advances in 2020 – Looking Ahead to 2021!
The Forum highlighted recent discoveries and advances in precision oncology and discussed how they have positioned the research community for 2021.

December 9, 2020 – AACR/ABCF Special Education Session
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) partnered with the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation to present a virtual educational program on cancer stem cells and metaplastic breast cancer.

November 20, 2020 – AACR Dialogue FB Live: Lung Cancer
Ivy Elkins and Jill Feldman, co-founders of EGFR Resisters Lung Cancer Patient Group, share their journey with lung cancer in an AACR Dialogue Facebook Live event.

October 29, 2020 – AACR Dialogue FB Live: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
In this edition of AACR Dialogues, triple-negative breast cancer survivors turned advocates, Cynthia Ryan and Melanie Nix speak candidly about their experience with the disease.

October 1, 2020 – AACR Virtual Patient Advocate Forum: COVID-19 and Cancer
Advocates from across the cancer community joined this free virtual event to get the latest information on the science of COVID-19, new treatments, vaccines in development, and the impact of the pandemic on cancer care.

September 23, 2020 – Virtual Briefing: Release of the AACR Cancer Progress Report
The annual AACR Cancer Progress Report to Congress and the American public is a cornerstone of the efforts of the AACR to educate the public about cancer and the importance of biomedical research, as well as to advocate for increased federal funding for the NIH, NCI, FDA, and CDC.

September 21, 2020 – Science of Cancer Health Disparities: Advocate Pre-Conference Session
Dr. Lisa Newman, the AACR Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship Awardee, shared with advocates her amazing work in disparities and provided an overview of the Science of Cancer Health Disparities sessions.

September 16 -17, 2020 – Rally for Medical Research 2020 Virtual Hill Day
Annual event to call on our nation’s policymakers to make funding for NIH a national priority and raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research that leads to MORE PROGRESS, MORE HOPE and MORE LIVES SAVED.

September 16, 2020 – Virtual Briefing: Release of the AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released its inaugural AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2020 at a virtual congressional briefing.

May 27, 2020 – AACR FDA Advocate Listening Session on Cancer Clinical Trials During COVID-19
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) recorded a patient advocate listening session on May 27, 2020, to learn more about cancer clinical trials during COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Related Guidance Documents for Industry, FDA Staff, and Other Stakeholders.