Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), is chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research. The AACR is the oldest and most prestigious cancer research organization in the world. Under her visionary leadership, it has grown to more than 36,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates in 107 countries and territories, and is renowned as the world’s leading organization dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer. A graduate of Temple University, Foti has been one of the most influential voices in advancing the field of cancer research, both in the United States and abroad. She was elected president of three professional societies in scholarly publishing and in cancer research. She has also served as a board member, committee member, and consultant to a number of other nonprofit organizations. There is a legacy of young women and minority scientists whose careers have been advanced as a result of her mentorship and support. Foti’s contributions have been widely recognized by numerous awards from organizations around the world. Her lengthy list of formal recognitions includes honorary degrees in medicine and surgery from three universities in Italy and Spain. Under Foti’s leadership, the AACR has served with distinction as the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). In this capacity, Foti and the AACR have brought extraordinary expertise and energy to their work with SU2C, especially in the scientific peer review of projects, scientific project management, and administration.
As 2017 draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on another year in cancer research. As Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for Cancer Research, I am privileged to witness some of the most exciting discoveries that bring us closer to preventing and curing the complex set of diseases we call cancer.Read More