American Association for Cancer Research Continues to Expand Global Presence With Opening of a China Office
PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) revealed today, World Cancer Day, that it plans to open an office in China to better support and promote collaboration among cancer researchers around the world. AACR President Charles L. Sawyers, M.D., will formally announce and elaborate on these plans during the AACR Annual Meeting 2014, to be held in San Diego, Calif., April 5-9.
“Defeating cancer around the world is a high priority for the AACR, and it will require a global effort,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. “Because cancer has no borders, international collaborations are urgently needed to achieve the new scientific breakthroughs that will lead to cures. The mission of the AACR office in China is to stimulate innovative international collaborations by building bridges and exchanging information on the latest research developments between laboratory and clinical researchers in China, across the Asia Pacific region, and other sites around the world where cancer research is being actively conducted to stem the tide of cancer incidence and mortality.”
The AACR’s China office is the latest step the organization has taken to advance cancer research around the world. After decades of international growth, AACR membership now includes more than 34,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in 97 countries. Thirty-one percent of the AACR’s members are located outside the United States, and 12 percent are in Asia. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the AACR collaborates with SU2C and cancer research organizations around the world on several research grants. The AACR also partners with international organizations to host scientific meetings and workshops, including the annual International Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics with the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer.
“I’m extremely proud of this announcement and look forward to sharing more information about the China office at the annual meeting,” said Sawyers. “This is a necessary and important step for the AACR in terms of our international outreach. The China office will not be just for Chinese scientists. It’s meant to establish a base in Asia so that we can deepen the great relationships we’ve already started to build with researchers and institutions across the region.”
In coming years, the AACR will continue to expand its global presence with initiatives in countries around the world. Leading this effort is Frank McCormick, Ph.D., past president of the AACR and chair of the AACR’s International Affairs Committee.
The AACR’s announcement coincides with World Cancer Day, an international initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) that aims to raise awareness about the global cancer burden, dispel misconceptions about the disease, and encourage governments to make cancer research, screening, and treatment national priorities.
“Cancer research can save lives across the globe,” said UICC President Mary Gospodarowicz, M.D., FRCR, FRCPC. “The AACR’s commitment to encouraging collaboration among cancer researchers in all countries is exemplary, demonstrates tremendous leadership, and truly reflects the goals of World Cancer Day. On this important day, UICC urges governments to dispel the myth that there is nothing that can be done about cancer by dedicating time and resources in support of cancer research, screening, and treatment.”