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AACR Annual Meeting 2023

Cancer survivors and patient advocates are important members of the research community and valuable participants at the AACR Annual Meeting. The AACR Annual Meeting 2023 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from April 14-19, 2023. The following is a brief overview of the opportunities available to patient advocates at the AACR Annual Meeting 2023.

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AACR Annual MeEting Scientist↔Survivor Program®

This unique educational program provides an opportunity for cancer survivors, patient advocates, and scientists to share perspectives and discuss the latest findings in cancer research, regulatory science, and health policy. Led by Anna Barker, PhD, FAACR, the curriculum is designed to build enduring partnerships among leaders in the scientific, cancer survivor, and patient advocacy communities. 

The AACR Annual Meeting Scientist↔Survivor Program® provides participants with the opportunity to attend numerous scientific sessions, present a poster, and network with leading cancer researchers. Participants are accepted through a competitive application process.

Applications are now being accepted for the AACR Annual Meeting 2023 Scientist↔Survivor Program® . The deadline is January 11, 2023.

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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) invites patient advocates to submit abstracts for poster presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting 2023. Abstracts should highlight studies led by patient advocates or co-led by patient advocates with researchers. Authors must submit abstracts using the AACR Abstract Submission System. The deadline to submit an abstract is Thursday, January 12, 2023, 11:59 pm US ET.

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AACR Patient Advocates in Cancer Research Awards

AACR Patient Advocates in Cancer Research Awards are available to patient advocates presenting meritorious abstracts at the AACR Annual Meeting. These awards are provided to offset a portion of the registration, travel, and subsistence expenses incurred in attending the conference.

To apply for this award, an applicant must first submit an abstract, and then complete a separate award application. The application deadline is January 12, 2023.

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Advocacy Partners Pavilion and Lounge

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to invite patient advocacy organizations working within the cancer community to exhibit in the Advocacy Partners Pavilion at the Annual Meeting 2023. Located on the exhibitor floor, the Advocacy Partners Pavilion provides an opportunity for nonprofits to promote grants, programs, and initiatives to 27,000+ members of the oncology research community.

There is no fee to exhibit in the Advocacy Partners Pavilion.  Accepted exhibitors will receive two (2) complimentary all-access passes to the conference, on-demand recordings, use of the Advocate Lounge, and five (5) complimentary exhibitor badges.  Eligible organizations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Nonprofit BOOTHS

Patient advocacy and nonprofit organizations can also apply for a booth in the Non-Profit Section of the Exhibitor Hall. AACR exhibitors can submit their exhibit space application via the online application through Map Your Show (Please select the “I Need Space” option to the right of the page to begin your application!).

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Reduced Registration Rates for Patient Advocates

AACR Patient Advocate Affiliate members are provided discounted registration to the Annual Meeting. Nonmember advocates may register to attend the AACR Annual Meeting at a reduced rate. Patient Advocate Registration Scholarships to waive registration costs are also available. Registration rates, deadlines, approval criteria, and instructions are available on the AACR website.

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Annual Meeting 2023 – Patient Advocate Rates

Early Advance Regular
Patient Advocate Member $255$275 $295
Patient Advocate Nonmember$355$375$395

Patient advocate attendance at the Annual Meeting is important to AACR and advocates should contact us to learn more about programs to offset the cost of registration.

Special Topic Tracks

Science of Survivorship Track includes sessions highlighting new and high-value areas of research to address the array of challenges facing long-term survivors. Sessions invite trans-sector discussion among the survivor and advocacy communities, basic and clinical researchers, industry representatives, health care providers, and government officials.

Regulatory Science and Policy Track includes informative sessions designed to highlight recent regulatory developments and provide an open forum for the consideration of issues that the FDA faces as the agency seeks to accelerate the pace of approval of safe and effective treatments for patients with cancer.

Science and Health Policy Track includes sessions that will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about how policy impacts science and vice versa. Health policy sessions will explore how scientific evidence can inform policy on cancer prevention and control and what impact policies are having on patients and communities

Track sessions, presentations, and abstracts can be accessed through the Online Meeting Planner.

2022 Highlights

YouTube Live survivorship Panel moderated by stat’s Angus Chen

STAT moderated a discussion on cancer survivorship with members of the AACR Annual Meeting Scientist↔Survivor Program® 2022. Click here to watch.

documentary: Jose baselga – Cancer’s fiercest Opponent

AACR past president Jose Baselga (1959-2021) was a pioneering medical oncologist and scientist who worked for decades to improve outcomes for patients living with cancer.  His research paved the way for a new approach to developing drugs tailored to individual patients, contributing to the development of medicines that have transformed the treatment of breast cancer.  Listen to the story of Jose as a father, husband, colleague, and mentor through achievements, challenges, and triumphs.

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