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A Message from the AMC Chair

Maeve Mullooly, PhD, MPH

Maeve Mullooly, PhD, MPH

Research Fellow, Division of Population Health Sciences

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Dear Associate members,

I hope that you are staying safe during these unprecedented times. This year has been a challenging one for Associate members and while it was unfortunate that we could not come together in person for the AACR’s Annual Meeting, I hope you were all able to participate in this years’ Virtual Meetings.

As we move forward, the Associate membership of the AACR continues to be an ever-growing group of international early career researchers that includes undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, clinical and post-doctoral fellows, whose research spans across the cancer continuum from prevention to therapeutics and survivorship research. The Associate Member Council (AMC) is the AACR constituency group that represents the needs and interests of Associate members.

I have been extremely fortunate to serve on the AMC and to have had the opportunity to learn from and work with an inspiring international Council. This year I have the honour to serve as Chairperson of the Council, where the AMC will continue to address the needs of Associate members. As we start to move forward this year, many Associate members are being faced with unanticipated and unexpected challenges. To date, the AMC has demonstrated strong collaborative engagement with AACR’s constituency groups including Women in Cancer Research (WICR) and Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR). During this year, we will continue working together with these groups to help navigate and minimise these challenges, so that Associate members can continue to progress and accelerate on their career journeys.

With these other AACR Councils, we will strengthen and expand opportunities for Associate members for specialized professional development including educational workshops, and networking and mentoring opportunities where we can talk with our peers, meet potential mentors, and build collaborations. Further, the AMC encourages all Associate members to take advantage of the multitude of grants and fellowship opportunities available to them from the AACR. We hope that you will participate in many of the unique professional development opportunities available including the annual Early-career Hill Day, where Associate members have the chance to travel to Washington D.C. to advocate for sustained funding for biomedical researchers. In addition, as cancer research-related career opportunities continue to evolve, I am eager that the council advocates for education and awareness of these expanding scientific careers.

This year marks an unfamiliar and challenging one for many members of the cancer research community particularly for early career researchers and Associate members who are actively serving on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of the AMC, we thank you for all you are doing.

Finally, on behalf of the entire AMC, we thank you for your membership, engagement and involvement in Associate member activities. Stay safe and we look forward to future opportunities to come together both through virtual settings and in person at the next AACR Annual Meeting.

Maeve Mullooly, PhD, MPH
AMC Chairperson 2020-2021