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Scientist↔Survivor Program®: Cancer Health Disparities

Populations at risk for cancer health disparities are less likely to participate in research studies. Not only is this creating data deficits that impact our ability to improve our understanding of cancer, but it threatens to increase health inequities, as cancer research studies drive the development of treatments. In 2008, AACR introduced the Scientist↔Survivor Program® to its annual cancer health disparities conference to work with cancer survivors and patient advocates to identify possible solutions.

13th AACR Conference on the science of cancer health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities and the medically underserved

October 2-4, 2020
AACR Virtual Conference

Applications for AACR’s Scientist↔Survivor Program®: Cancer Health Disparities are not being accepted for 2020.

The AACR Science of Cancer Health Disparities conferences advance the understanding of, and ultimately help to eliminate, the disparities that represent a major public health problem in our country. Reflecting this transdisciplinary field, professionals from academia, industry, government, and the community are brought together to promote the exchange of novel ideas, discuss the latest findings in the field, and stimulate the development of new research on cancer health disparities.

About the Scientist↔Survivor Program® at the Cancer Health Disparities Conference

Survivor and patient advocates who participate in the Scientist↔Survivor Program® at the cancer health disparities conference will:

  • Attend special lectures about cancer research that are tailored to a lay audience;
  • Discuss relevant and timely cancer topics during small group meetings, roundtable discussions and meetings with scientific mentors;
  • Explore scientific sessions ;
  • Communicate to scientists the key issues, questions, and concerns of the cancer survivor and patient advocacy communities;
  • Create and promote their (organizations’) mission by participating in the poster sessions; and
  • Network with scientists and fellow advocates from local, national, and international cancer organizations.


Scientist↔Survivor Program® participants are accepted by competitive application. Cancer survivors and patient advocates are encouraged to apply if they:

  • Actively support cancer research through policy advocacy, research advocacy, and/or community outreach;
  • Have a constituency with which they will share the knowledge they gain through the program;
  • Have access to avenues for disseminating the knowledge gained from the program to colleagues and/or constituents;
  • Are able to present an advocate poster during a poster session;
  • Are able to participate in all components of the program.

The AACR covers travel and lodging for accepted participants during the program. Participants are responsible for any incidental expenses, including tips, meals outside the program, phone, laundry, baggage fees, poster costs, and rental cars.

(Participants who do not adhere to the above requirements will not receive a certificate of completion and will be asked to reimburse the cost of registration, hotel, and travel.)

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