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Patient Advocate Programs at the AACR Annual Meeting

Cancer survivors and advocates are important members of the research community and valuable participants at the AACR Annual Meeting. The following is a brief overview of the opportunities available to cancer survivors and patient advocates at the 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 science and health policy. Led by Anna Barker, PhD, the curriculum is designed to build enduring partnerships among leaders in the scientific, cancer survivor, and patient advocacy communities. 

The five-day program runs in conjunction with the AACR Annual Meeting, which provides participants with an opportunity to attend numerous scientific sessions. Additionally, participants are able to present a poster to Annual Meeting attendees. Participants are accepted through a competitive application process. Please note that the 2021 Scientist↔Survivor Program® will be virtual.

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Patient Advocate Engagement in Research

AACR is continually bringing together various constituencies, including cancer survivors, patient advocates, researchers, physician-scientists, regulators, and legislators, to discuss issues in the field and forge new partnerships and collaborations.

AACR Distinguished Public Service Awards

The AACR presents special recognition awards to individuals whose work have made extraordinary contributions to the AACR’s mission of accelerating the prevention and cure of all cancers through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Awards are presented during the Opening Ceremony at AACR’s Annual Meeting.

Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate Lounge

The lounge is open to all cancer survivors and advocates to meet and network with colleagues, potential collaborators, AACR staff, as well as some of the most respected researchers in the cancer community. Please note that a virtual space will be provided during the 2021 Annual Meeting for patient advocates and cancer survivors to connect and ask questions.

Advocacy Partners Pavilion

The Advocacy Partners Pavilion is a central venue in the Exhibitor Hall that hosts virtual booths for nonprofit patient advocacy organizations at no cost. Organizations have the opportunity to share their mission and programs with 67,000+ health professionals from around the world. Each organization is allotted 1 complimentary registration pass to attend scientific sessions and access on-demand recordings. Space is limited and provided on a first-come basis. For more information email [email protected]  

Nonprofit Row

Individual exhibit booths are available to advocacy and nonprofit organizations at a reduced rate. In addition to the extensive benefits provided to all AACR exhibitors, nonprofit booths also allow up to 5 representatives per organization to register for all-access session passes at a reduced rate. Space is limited and provided on a first-come basis.

Reduced Registration Rates for Patient Advocates

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

  • Access to all Educational Sessions and Scientific Sessions
  • Access to Poster Sessions
  • Access to 850+ Annual Meeting Webcasts
  • Access to Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate Lounge

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