Cancer Research Catalyst staff

AACR Journals Editors’ Picks for October

As October comes to a close, it’s time for our latest edition of Editors’ Picks. This monthly staple is a collection of 10 “must read” articles that have been hand-selected by the editors from the portfolio of journals published by the AACR. This month, featured articles include results from three clinical trials and a look at cancer disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives, among others. As always, articles highlighted here are freely available for a limited time.

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AACR Grants Program Funds Diverse Range of Cancer Research

Since its inception in 1993, the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Grants Program, in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies, has funded groundbreaking basic, translational, and clinical cancer research. In 2019 alone, the AACR awarded more than $12.5 million in grants to support innovative and impactful cancer research projects.

The AACR Grants Program supports researchers at all career levels by awarding fellowships, career development awards, independent investigator awards, team science awards, and its flagship NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research.

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Learning Lessons From Diverse Populations

The 12th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved wrapped up Monday in San Francisco. This year marked record attendance for the conference, as well as a record number of abstracts that helped shape a dynamic, diverse program.

The meeting reinforced the central dilemma of cancer health disparities: While advances in cancer research have improved outcomes for many Americans, underserved and underrepresented groups have not benefited equally.

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Addressing Ovarian Cancer’s Unique Challenges

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an apt time for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Advances in Ovarian Cancer Meeting, scheduled for Sept. 13-16 in Atlanta.

Ovarian cancer is a fairly rare cancer, accounting for only 1.3 percent of new cancer diagnoses in 2019. However, it is a deadly cancer, with only 47.6 percent of patients surviving for five years or longer. Because there are no good diagnostic tests for ovarian cancer, most patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when the disease is difficult to treat.

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Integrative Molecular Epidemiology Unites Cancer Research Disciplines

Cancer is very complex, and the tools that we need to understand how it develops and progresses come from many different scientific fields. Integrative Molecular Epidemiology, known as IME, brings together epidemiologists, data scientists, and basic scientists, along with many clinical specialties, to jointly study cancer from different angles. By its very nature, IME is a truly transdisciplinary field that unites researchers from varied backgrounds. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) supports this field through a longstanding working group.

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Educating the Public on Cancer Prevention

On Saturday, May 4, Philadelphians flooded the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Franklin Institute’s ninth annual Philadelphia Science Festival. For the fourth consecutive year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) was a sponsor of the community event, giving eager kids and their families the opportunity to learn about science with hands-on experiments and activities.

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ICYMI: A Summary of Annual Meeting 2019 Blog Posts

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2019 drew more than 21,000 attendees, providing a robust forum to present and discuss the latest breakthroughs in cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical cancer research. As always, the meeting attracted some of the best minds in research and medicine, representing many facets of cancer care. Researchers, physician-scientists, policymakers, advocates, and industry representatives all played important roles in exchanging information over the course of a dynamic Annual Meeting program.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2019: The Biden Cancer Initiative

Like many Americans, Dr. Jill Biden has been personally affected by cancer. Friends, her parents, and her son Beau have all died of the disease, fueling her desire to fight for better treatments.

She and her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, established the Biden Cancer Initiative to build upon the work begun as part of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative in 2016. Dr. Biden attended the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2019 on Sunday to share some of the progress that has been made, and to discuss how collaboration will be important in securing future progress.

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Women in Cancer Research Group Celebrates 20 Years

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.

The group has thrived for the past two decades, increasing the visibility of women in cancer research, creating professional development opportunities for female investigators-in-training, and growing into a community in which women can discuss the challenges and successes of female scientists.

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The Poster Sessions: Showcasing the Latest Research

Stepping onto the exhibit floor at an Annual Meeting poster session is a memorable experience. Row upon row of colorful posters beckon, and the chatter of thousands of people fills the room.

During the upcoming American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, 5,167 posters will be presented over the course of six poster sessions. These posters represent 10 major areas of scientific research, plus two policy tracks.

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