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AACR Invites Nominations for the 2011 AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities

May 16, 2011
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PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research announces a call for nominations for the 2011 AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen for The Cure®.

The lecture, established in 2010, honors an investigator whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer health disparities. 

The inaugural recipient was Charles M. Perou, Ph.D., associate professor of genetics and pathology at the Lineberger Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Perou’s lab focuses on genetic technology and its application to breast cancer. He initially demonstrated that breast cancer can be divided into five distinct molecular subtypes and that those subtypes could be applied to certain demographic populations to predict risk. Perou’s synthesis of biology, informatics and molecular genetics informs his breast cancer research from the lab to the clinic, and into the general population.

The award recipient will receive $5,000 and deliver a 45-minute lecture at The Science of Cancer Health Disparities meeting, to be held Sept. 18-21, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.

• Deadline for nominations: June 13, 2011

• For more information, contact: Monique P. Eversley at (267) 646-0576, e-mail awards@aacr.org or visit http://www.aacr.org/home/scientists/scientific-achievement-awards/distinguished-lecture-on-cancer-health-disparities.aspx.

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 33,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 90 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants, research fellowships and career development awards. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. Including Cancer Discovery, the AACR publishes seven major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and Cancer Prevention Research. AACR journals represented 20 percent of the market share of total citations in 2009. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists.

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Michele Sharp
(267) 646-0622
Michele.Sharp@aacr.org

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