USA Today, Forbes Feature AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker

Cancer survivor and federal budget expert Stan Collender recently appeared in USA Today touting the life-saving value of clinical trials, and in Forbes magazine, arguing against a proposed massive funding cut for the National Cancer Institute. He will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting, October 15-17, in Washington, DC.

In the USA Today piece, published August 6, Mr. Collender spoke to the need for physicians to dedicate their time and effort to clinical trials and the enormous benefit that the trials and their professional involvement brings to patients. The article was published in light of U.S. Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) battle with a rare brain cancer. Mr. Collender, a Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) survivor, was one of 26 patients with advanced MCC who joined a clinical trial two years ago at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s patient-arm, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle, WA.

Mr. Collender 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. In his Forbes editorial, published August 14, Mr. Collender pushed back against a budget proposed in May by the Trump administration that would reduce NCI funding by $1 billion.

“Stan is a powerful voice on both federal budgets and clinical trials and we look forward to his keynote presentation at the meeting,” said AACI President Stanton L. Gerson, MD, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Asa and Patricia Shiverick-Jane Shiverick (Tripp) Professor of hematological oncology.

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 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.

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