Federal Budget Analyst and Cancer Survivor to Open Annual Meeting

Stan Collender, a federal budget issues expert and Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) survivor, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting, October 15-17, in Washington, DC. Mr. Collender’s talk will focus in part on the impact of budget cuts to biomedical research and academic cancer centers.

Mr. Collender was one of 26 patients with advanced MCC who joined a clinical trial at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s patient-arm, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle, WA. He is also an expert on the U.S. budget, the congressional budget process, federal fiscal and monetary policy, Congress, and Wall Street’s response to Washington tax and spending proposals, and has worked for the House and Senate Budget Committees as well as for three U.S. representatives on the House Budget and Ways and Means Committees.

Mr. Collender is the founder and principal writer of “Capital Gains and Games,” which the Wall Street Journal has called one of the top 25 economic and financial blogs in the U.S. and is now published by Forbes. He previously wrote “Fiscal Fitness,” in Roll Call, the influential Capitol Hill newspaper and “Budget Battles,” in nationaljournal.com. He is the author of "The Guide to the Federal Budget," one of the most assigned texts on the subject.

Mr. Collender speaks to more than 100 organizations across the U.S. each year and appears frequently on radio and television news programs and in print. He was appointed by President Clinton to the presidential commission that studied whether the U.S. should have a capital budget, and he is also an adjunct professor of public policy at Georgetown University.

Details about the AACI/CCAF meeting and registration information are here: aaci-cancer.org/annual_meeting. For questions and more information, please contact Jaime Anderson.