Delivering Cures through Cancer Science

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

We are pleased to present the 2016 Annual Report of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The report highlights the AACR’s steadfast progress during the past year in support of our mission: to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. The theme of the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, “Delivering Cures through Cancer Science,” is also the theme of this report. The report outlines all of the ways in which AACR programs and initiatives support the full spectrum of cancer research and focus the efforts of the entire cancer community on improving the lives of cancer patients.

By any measure, 2016 was a spectacular year for the AACR. Throughout the year, leading AACR members provided thought leadership to Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The AACR Annual Meeting 2016 was the largest ever, as more than 19,400 members of the cancer community gathered in New Orleans to share the latest advances across the full spectrum of cancer research. AACR Project GENIE delivered on its promise to catalyze clinical and translational cancer research through data sharing, making freely available one of the largest real-world cancer genomic data sets ever released. And AACR’s scientific publishing program celebrated 100 years of disseminating the most innovative cancer science.

As we look back on a year of exciting progress against cancer, we thank the members of the cancer community who worked together with the AACR in pursuit of our mission. And as we prepare to celebrate the AACR’s 110th anniversary in 2017, we look forward to continuing these collaborations in the coming year and beyond.

We are driving progress against cancer. We are realizing the promise of research. We are delivering cures through cancer science.

Nancy E. Davidson, MD
AACR President 2016-2017

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc)
AACR Chief Executive Officer

José Baselga, MD, PhD, FAACR
AACR President 2015-2016