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AACR Launches New Journal: Cancer Immunology Research

April 7, 2013
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Launch Issue Available Online and in the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall

PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research has announced the electronic launch of its newest journal, Cancer Immunology Research, which will publish groundbreaking original articles on major advances in cancer immunology. A print preview issue is being distributed at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, taking place April 6–10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  

The journal will publish research articles reporting major advances in all areas of the discipline of cancer immunology, including basic investigations in host–tumor interactions, developmental therapeutics in model systems, early translational studies in patients and late-stage clinical trials. In addition to research articles, review articles and commentaries, the journal will include special features such as “Masters of Immunology,” which will be primers by leading immunologists, and “Cancer Immunology at the Crossroads,” which will be perspectives that highlight the relationship between immunology and other areas of cancer research and medicine.

“The AACR continuously strives to educate its members and the public about the most cutting-edge and relevant research to supports its goals of prevention and curing cancer,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. “Cancer Immunology Research is an excellent addition to the AACR’s robust group of cancer publications, and I am confident it will capture the most significant work in the field of cancer immunology, and inspire thinking that will accelerate the pace of breakthroughs.”

Glenn Dranoff, M.D., professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass., is the founding editor-in-chief of Cancer Immunology Research. He is also the Harvard Medical School leader for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Program in Cancer Immunology. Dranoff has devoted much of his career and research efforts to understanding the mechanisms underlying the stimulation of tumor immunity and to applying these discoveries to the development of cancer vaccines.

Cancer Immunology Research will play a leading role in educating the greater cancer research community regarding the principles and opportunities in cancer immunology,” said Dranoff. “Recent clinical successes have validated the longstanding idea that therapeutic manipulation of the immune system may achieve meaningful antitumor effects.

“My vision is that by disseminating knowledge of cancer immunology, this journal will catalyze cross-disciplinary work that yields a deeper understanding of the host–tumor relationship, more potent cancer treatments and improved clinical outcomes,” he added. “The launch of CIR has generated considerable enthusiasm in the cancer research community, and this is reflected in the outstanding didactic perspectives and original research articles to be published in the inaugural issue. This high level of scholarship and impact will be characteristic of CIR.”

Specific topics of interest for publication include endogenous antitumor immunity, tumor-promoting inflammation, cancer antigens, vaccines, antibodies, cellular therapy, cytokines, immune regulation, immune suppression, immunomodulatory effects of cancer treatment, emerging technologies and clinical investigations.

Cancer Immunology Research is the eighth peer-reviewed scientific journal to be added to the AACR’s publications portfolio. The AACR also publishes a magazine for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers.

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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 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 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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