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AACR Honors 19 New Members to 50-year Members Club

March 16, 2012
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CHICAGO — The American Association for Cancer Research is pleased to recognize 19 new inductees to the ranks of the 50-year Member Club during the AACR Annual Meeting 2012, held here March 31 – April 4.

“The AACR extends its heartfelt appreciation to these members for their long-term participation and continued support of our association,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. “Their valuable input into AACR programs and activities speaks to their lifelong commitment and devotion to the mission of the AACR and cancer research. The AACR has benefited greatly from their sage advice over the years, and we are delighted to honor them and their service to our association.”

The AACR will present awards of appreciation to its 50-year members during the opening ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, April 1 at 8:15 a.m. CT in the Skyline Ballroom of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

In addition, the 50-year members will be honored during a breakfast that will take place on Tuesday, April 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CT in Boulevard C Room at the Chicago Hilton. (Please note: This is an invitation-only event.)

The following people will be inducted into the 50-year Member Club, joining 143 other members who have been AACR members for more than 50 years:

  • Joseph R. Bertino, M.D., past president of the AACR, and associate director and chief scientific officer at UMDNJ-The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J.;
  • William H. Bond, M.D., retired, Indianapolis, Ind.;
  • Bayard D. Clarkson, M.D., past president, former treasurer, and emeritus founding president and chair of the AACR Foundation, and head of the laboratory of hematopoietic cell kinetics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.;
  • Henry P. Close, M.D., retired, Devon, Pa.;
  • Allan H. Conney, Ph.D., professor and director of the laboratory for cancer research at Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.;
  • Joseph R. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., retired, Aurora, Ill.;
  • Geoffrey Falkson, M.D., retired, Hermanus, South Africa;
  • Emil J. Freireich, M.D., D.Sc., director of the adult leukemia research program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas;
  • Raul Grinberg, M.D., retired, Vestal, N.Y.;
  • Franz Halberg, M.D., director of the Halberg Chronobio Center at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.;
  • Harold B. Haley, M.D., retired, Roanoke, Va.;
  • Alvin S. Levine, Ph.D., retired, St. Pete Beach, Fla.;
  • Robert E. Madden, M.D., professor of surgery at New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y.;
  • Ines Mandl, Ph.D., retired, New York, N.Y.;
  • Robert J. Rutman, Ph.D., retired, Mesa, Ariz.;
  • Joseph Song, M.D., retired, Des Moines, Iowa;
  • John S. Stehlin, M.D., scientific director of the Christus Stehlin Foundation, Houston, Texas;  
  • Athanasios Theologides, M.D., Ph.D., retired, Santa Clara, Calif.; and
  • Arthur J. Weiss, M.D., physician at Oceanside Medical Corporation, Little Deer Isle, Maine.
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About the AACR

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR’s membership includes 34,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 20 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 18,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes seven peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration and scientific oversight of individual and team science grants in cancer research that have the potential for patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer.    

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