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AACR Virtual Patient Advocate Forum

The Impact of Advanced Technologies on Cancer Research


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Powered by advanced technology, improved understanding of various cancers is proceeding at unprecedented speed, resolution, and scale. These new technologies are often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution as these advances are revealing new targets, mechanisms, and approaches for better diagnosing cancer earlier, developing novel cancer therapeutics, and ultimately preventing cancer. This Forum explored the impact of some of the most impactful and/or promising of these advanced technologies on cancer research and explore how it is (or will) accelerate progress against this complex array of diseases we call cancer.


Anna D. Barker, PhD, FAACR, Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine


Jon Retzlaff, MBA, MPA, American Association for Cancer Research

Grace Cordovano, PhD, Enlightening Results

Elaine R. Mardis, PhD, FAACR, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Joel H. Saltz MD, PhD, Stony Brook School of Medicine

Luis Alberto Diaz Jr, MD, FAACR, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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AACR Patient Advocate Forums

The AACR is committed to providing educational programming to patients with cancer and patient advocacy communities to support their collective mission to find cures for all cancers. AACR Patient Advocate Forums invite leaders from patient advocacy, academia, industry, and healthcare communities to discuss pressing topics and the latest discoveries in cancer research. These virtual forums are provided quarterly at no cost to attendees and open to the public. 

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