The AACR recognizes that Congress is being called upon to
make difficult decisions as its members strive to address the
Nation’s fiscal problems. These demanding times emphasize
the need to make fiscal decisions that benefit every
American. Sustaining our investments in cancer and
biomedical research is a bipartisan strategy that will pay off
in lives saved, improvements in public health, continued
innovation, and economic growth.
The AACR wishes to extend thanks to every member of
Congress – past and present – who has stood with us in this
long and difficult challenge to defeat cancer. We stand
unified and ready to work with our Nation’s policymakers
and the entire biomedical research community to hasten the
prevention and cure of cancer.
Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D.
AACR Immediate Past President
Judy E. Garber, M.D., M.P.H.
George F. Vande Woude, Ph.D.
Chair, AACR Council of Scientific Advisors
William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D.
Chair, AACR Science Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee
Anna D. Barker, Ph.D.
Member, AACR Science Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee
Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.)
Chief Executive Officer
for Cancer Research
The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education,
communication, and collaboration. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the
world’s oldest and largest scientific organization dedicated to the
advances in cancer research for the benefit of cancer patients.
Its membership includes 33,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical
researchers who are working on every aspect of cancer research;
other health care professionals; and cancer survivors and patient
advocates in the United States and more than 90 countries outside
the U.S. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the
cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, etiology,
early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer through innovative
scientific and educational programs and publications. It funds
innovative, meritorious research grants to both senior and junior
researchers, research fellowships for scholars-in-training, and career
The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants
who share the latest discoveries and new ideas in the field. Special
Conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide
variety of topics in cancer research, ranging from the laboratory to
the clinic to the population. The AACR publishes seven major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Discovery; Cancer Research; Clinical
Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer
Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and
Cancer Prevention Research. In 2010, the AACR’s scientific journals
received 20 percent of the total number of literature citations in
The AACR also publishes a magazine, Cancer Today, for cancer
patients, survivors, patient advocates, and their families and
caregivers that includes essential, evidence-based information and
perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship, and
A major goal of the AACR is to educate the general public and
policymakers about the value of cancer research in improving public
health, the vital importance of increases in sustained funding for
cancer research, and the need for national policies that foster
innovation and progress in the field.
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