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AACR Appoints Rick Buck as Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations

December 19, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research has appointed Rick Buck as senior director of communications and public relations. Buck, who has more than 20 years of experience in health care communications, will oversee the communications and public relations department, as well as Cancer Today, the AACR’s consumer magazine that provides information and inspiration to cancer patients, survivors, and their family and friends.

“I am thrilled to welcome Rick to the AACR. He comes to us with a world of knowledge in health care communications and public relations. His experience, expertise and enthusiasm for our mission will be very valuable to the AACR,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. “I am confident that Rick will help increase public awareness of the important scientific advances taking place in the field of cancer research, and also highlight the need for increased funding for cancer research and biomedical science.”

Prior to joining the AACR, Buck was chief communications officer and director of communications at BAYADA Home Health Care in Moorestown, N.J. Earlier in his career, he served as vice president of corporate communications for the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies in Philadelphia, Pa., vice president of marketing communication at Home Medical of America in Cherry Hill, N.J., director of marketing communications at AmeriPath in Riviera Beach, Fla., and public relations manager for NovaCare in King of Prussia, Pa.

“I am honored and excited to join the AACR and help lead its communications and public relations strategic initiatives,” said Buck. “The AACR and its members are making extraordinary advances and measurable progress in cancer research. One of our goals will be to significantly raise public and policymaker awareness of this critical work, its impact and the need to strengthen funding for cancer research. I look forward to telling the AACR story, continuing to raise its profile in the public arena, and leading our efforts to consistently and clearly communicate the AACR’s mission to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication and collaboration.”

Buck is also former board chair and current member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Health Academy, director-at-large of the Philadelphia PRSA and business advisory board member of the Rowan University Rohrer College of Business in Glassboro, N.J. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Rowan University.

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About the American Association for Cancer Research
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 membership includes more than 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 17,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight 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 team science and individual grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term 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. For more information about the AACR, visit  

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