Meetings and Workshops —
Forging Connections, Building Community, and Advancing Science
AACR meetings provide a dynamic, open environment to communicate the latest advances in cancer science and medicine. The AACR convened 33 meetings in 2015, the most in its history. The meetings are crafted to meet the varied needs of the research community, and they range from small conferences on specific disease sites and emerging scientific areas to larger gatherings on topics of general interest such as molecular targets, basic science, and cancer health disparities.
AACR Think Tanks —
AACR Members Driving Innovation
The most respected minds in the cancer research community convene to identify and nurture emerging scientific areas through AACR Think Tanks. These forums support and encourage open dialogue, shaping the next wave of innovations in cancer science. The action-oriented conversations continue well beyond the conference table, sparking collaborations that catalyze change.
SCIENCE EDUCATION AND CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION —
DEVELOPING CURRENT AND FUTURE CANCER RESEARCH INNOVATORS
The AACR sustains the pipeline of diverse, talented, and engaged cancer researchers through science education programs which nurture students from high school all the way to their first independent position. As physician-scientists and clinicians progress in their careers, the AACR continues their training through its Continuing Medical Education (CME) program. As a fully accredited ACCME CME provider since 2010, the AACR enables clinical investigators to apply critical aspects of basic cancer research to the clinical practice of oncology to aid in the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.
AACR-Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Scholar Awards for Undergraduate Students
Twenty-one remarkable undergraduate students attended the AACR Annual Meeting 2015 as Bardos awardees. The program offers students an invaluable opportunity to learn about the latest developments in cancer research, interact with prominent researchers, and form lasting connections with other gifted young scientists.
Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition
Undergraduate students learn about careers in cancer research from leaders in the field, who present their groundbreaking research, discuss educational pathways, and offer career development advice at the Annual Meeting. Students also present their own research, receiving feedback from peers as well as from experts. The program marked its 10-year anniversary in 2015, celebrating nearly 700 undergraduate participants since 2006.
Special Program for High School Students
Even the youngest scientists can learn about cancer research directly from experts while presenting their own novel research. In 2015, 350 students from local schools as well as students working in laboratories of AACR members participated in the program. Students at the Annual Meeting heard from guest speakers Devon Still — a former NFL player whose daughter is a neuroblastoma survivor — and Reggie Love, a writer, editor, and former special assistant and personal aide to President Obama.
Continuing Medical Education
The AACR provides physician-scientists and clinicians with a wide range of opportunities to maintain their competence and incorporate new knowledge into their practice. CME credit was offered at 22 different AACR meetings in 2015, including 15 special conferences, three joint conferences, three workshops, and the Annual Meeting. AACR journals provided another educational resource, offering credit to investigators for reading articles as well as for reviewing manuscripts. A total of 3,234 researchers and clinicians claimed CME credit from the AACR in 2015, ensuring that caregivers apply the full spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical cancer science to improving the lives of their patients.