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MICR at the Annual Meeting

2020 will mark the 20th Anniversary of AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research. Is celebration of this milestone, MICR will host several exciting sessions during the Annual Meeting 2020 taking place in San Diego, California. Each year, MICR works to host programs that meet the professional needs of minority investigators. Examples of past programs include:

AACR-MICR Distinguished Lectureship Series

This session, held in partnership with local Minority-serving Institutions works to bring the latest science to area universities, serving both students and faculty.

Minorities in Cancer Research Council Meet and Greet

Conference attendees had an opportunity to meet and network with members of the MICR Council, key membrs of the AACR leadership, and AACR staff members.

Special MICR Presentation Honoring Dr. Jane Cooke Wright

Immediately followed by the Jane Cooke Wright Distinguished Lectureship, this special presentation higlighted the work of Dr. Wright and the honored lecturer.

Personalized Career Conversations: Pathways to Academia, Industry, and Government

This session, offered as a benefit of Associate membership, provided a chance for early-career investigators to meet a world-renowned cancer research expert, in a one-on-one setting. Pre-registration is required. This session is held in collaboration with Minorities in Cancer Research, Women in Cancer Research, and the Associate Member Council.

Minorities in Cancer Research Town Meeting

MICR members joined the Council for a chance to share ideas, voice concerns, and express views on a variety of topics relevant to today’s cancer community.

Workforce Development: Professional Enhancement and Career Advancement

This interactive session provided a forum in which students, postdocs, and junior faculty can discuss important career development issues and survival skills with established senior scientists from a variety of sectors in the cancer community including academia, government, and industry. This session was held in collaboration with Minorities in Cancer Research, Women in Cancer Research, Associate Member Council, and the Science Education and Career Advancement Committee.

Minorities in Cancer Research Scientific Symposium: Tumor Biology Correlates of Population Differences in Environmental Exposures

Cancer health disparities are the result of the complex interaction between structural inequalities, cultural and individual lifestyle choices, and population specific genetic/genomic architecture. Observational studies have described how populations can vary regarding their exposure to cancer associated factors such as reproductive behavior, diet, physical activity, consumption of tobacco products, etc. However, only recently we have started to learn about the impact of these environmental exposures on the biology of tumors and the specific mechanisms that are at play. Population differences in the exposure to environmental risk factors can lead to more aggressive tumors with worse prognosis and translate into what we observed as cancer health disparities in outcomes.