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WICR Newsletter Spring 2019

Message from the Chair

Marcia Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer, San Juan, Puerto Rico

We celebrated, with great enthusiasm, the 20th anniversary of Women in Cancer Research during our 2019 Annual AACR meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Several exciting events were held during the AACR Annual Meeting including the special anniversary celebration with several key women in cancer research including Drs. Elizabeth Jaffee, Elaine Mardis, Elizabeth Travis and Margaret Foti, to name a few.

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Women in Cancer Research Group Celebrates 20 Years – From Cancer Research Catalyst

Twenty years ago, the American Association for Cancer Research launched Women in Cancer Research (WICR), a membership group designed to recognize the scientific achievements of female cancer scientists and provide support in their career endeavors.

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20 Years of AACR-Women in Cancer Research – A Video Commemoration

As WICR celebrates 20 years of advancing women in science, watch this dynamic video highlighting some of the AACR’s and WICR’s most distinguished and historic moments.

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20 Years of Excellence – Milestones of Women Members in AACR

The AACR has a history of meeting milestones with women members and
compiled several of these important achievements in a commemorative book that was made available during the AACR Annual Meeting.

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I support #WomenInCancerResearch because:

As part of the 20th anniversary of Women in Cancer Research, WICR invites all women who work in the field to share their personal testimonies about why they chose to pursue a career in cancer research and how they hope to impact the research community. We ask that members share their story on social media using the phrase and hashtag “I support #WomenInCancerResearch because:” or by adding your voice to the campaign!

Jennifer R. Grandis, MD, 2019 AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lecturer

WICR is proud to congratulate Dr. Jennifer R. Grandis on her
receipt of the 2019 AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship. Dr. Grandis presented her award lecture, “Leveraging Biologic Insights to Prevent and Treat Head and Neck Cancer,” during the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship gives recognition to an outstanding scientist – female or male – who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has furthered the advancement of women in science, through leadership or by example.

Dr. Grandis’ work characterizes the role of EGFR, STAT3, and
other signaling pathways in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and for
translating these findings into innovative combination therapy treatment
options for head and neck cancer patients.

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WICR-sponsored Travel Awards at AACR Special Conferences

WICR is pleased to present travel awards to outstanding
scientists-in-training to support their participation in AACR conferences,
increase the breadth of their research, and promote further learning and career

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NIH Grant Amounts to First-time Male and Female Principal Investigators- From JAMA

This article offers insights on the disparity of federal funding granted to female early investigators versus males and the association with career attrition rates.

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