Cancer is a global scourge, and making progress against it requires a global workforce. The AACR worked with 12 international scientific organizations in 2019 to develop cutting-edge programs and educational opportunities in nine countries, supporting lifesaving cancer research worldwide.
International Fellowships: Forging Collaborations, Supporting Promising Careers
In 2018, the AACR and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) announced an international alliance to develop new programs and initiatives to accelerate the pace of progress against cancer. The first major initiative from this new partnership was launched at the Annual Meeting in March 2019 with the announcement of the AACR-CRUK Transatlantic Fellowships program. These four-year fellowships support early-stage postdoctoral researchers in pursuing their research projects in either the United States or the United Kingdom, and they will foster international collaborations while helping early-career scientists establish independent research careers.
Joint Conferences and Workshops
The AACR worked with cancer research organizations around the world to produce the following joint conferences, educational workshops, and symposia in 2019:
- Eleventh AACR-JCA Joint Conference on Breakthroughs in Cancer Research: Biology to Precision Medicine
Maui, Hawaii, February 8–12, 2019
- CSCO Conference on Immunotherapy (Endorsed by AACR)
Shanghai, China, March 22–23, 2019
Other International Collaborations
The AACR worked with several organizations to develop joint sessions for the following international conferences:
- A.C. Camargo Next Frontiers to Cure Cancer Conference
São Paolo, Brazil, May 16–18, 2019
The AACR partnered with LACOG to offer a session on “Science behind the Trial,” in which Brazilian investigators presented the results of three clinical trials and AACR scientists discussed the biological underpinnings of each study.
Poster Prizes and Travel Awards
In 2019, the AACR once again offered an expanded slate of opportunities to international investigators to travel to Atlanta, Georgia, and participate in the AACR Annual Meeting while also offering opportunities for AACR members to present their work abroad:
- From 2016 through 2018, the AACR African Cancer Researchers Travel Awards provided financial assistance to meritorious early-career investigators in Africa to support their attendance at the AACR Annual Meeting. In 2019, the program was rebranded as the AACR Global Scholar-in-Training Awards (GSITA) and expanded to include eligible applicants from all low-, lower-middle, and middle-income economy countries. GSITA recipients who attended the Annual Meeting 2019 also participated in a networking and mentoring event hosted by Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, which included a tour of laboratory and clinical facilities, presentations by doctoral students, and research and career advice from Emory faculty and staff.
- The AACR continued its partnership with the Chinese Society for Clinical Oncology (CSCO) to administer the CSCO Young Investigator Travel Awards in 2019. CSCO selected 15 AACR members who presented meritorious abstracts at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 and provided them with travel support to attend and present their work at the CSCO 22nd Annual Meeting in Xiamen, China, in September.
World Cancer Research Day
The AACR joined ten other cofounding partner organizations to mark World Cancer Research Day on September 24. The goal of World Cancer Research Day was to raise awareness of the extraordinary impact of cancer science and to acknowledge the contributions made by cancer researchers to reduce the global burden of cancer.