Where will the cure for cancer come from?
The answer is research. Cancer is not a single disease, but more than 200. In the U.S. and around the world, men and women in laboratories and clinics, universities, medical centers, government and industry, are working not only to overcome this affliction that claims half a million American lives each year, but also to prevent it. More than 24,000 of them are members of the American Association for Cancer Research.
How does AACR promote cancer research?
AACR is the authoritative source of information about advances in the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. By accelerating the growth and spread of new knowledge about cancer, AACR is on the front lines of the quest for prevention and cure.
What does AACR do?
AACR is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its reputation for scientific breadth and excellence attract the premier researchers in the field. The programs and services of AACR foster the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among scientists dedicated to cancer research, provide training opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers, and increase public understanding of cancer.
To that end, AACR:
- Publishes five peer-reviewed scientific journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
- Convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 15,000 participants from the cancer research community.
- Offers workshops, fellowships and grants for early-career investigators and investigators-in-training.
- Collaborates with cancer survivors, raises public awareness of the progress in and cause for hope in cancer research, and advocates for strong federal research funding.
How did AACR begin?
AACR was founded in 1907 by a group of eleven physicians and scientists interested in research, “to further the investigation and spread the knowledge of cancer.” Today, AACR accelerates progress toward the prevention and cure of cancer by promoting research, education, communication, and advocacy.