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News from the Association of American Cancer InstitutesMarch 2011
The Association is dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer by enhancing the impact of the nation's leading academic cancer centers.
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Wexner, Limited Brands Foundation, Make Major Commitment to OSU

Leslie Wexner and Limited Brands Foundation have made one of the largest philanthropic gifts ever to a public university. The $100 million commitment includes $65 million from Wexner and $35 million from Limited Brands Foundation. The gift will primarily benefit The Ohio State University Medical Center and The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. It will also benefit Ohio Stateís Wexner Center for the Arts and select other university initiatives. more...

Clinical Research Initiative Meeting Call for Abstracts

The AACI Clinical Research Initiative is soliciting abstracts for presentations for the third annual CRI meeting, July 14-15, in Chicago. Presentations should focus on oncology research that illuminates clinical research management challenges and solutions. The abstract can describe either qualitative or quantitative research, completed or underway, or a project that highlights a problem.

Further information can be found at http://aaci-cancer.org/cri/pdf/CRI_Abstracts_Guidelines.pdf. More information regarding meeting accommodations and registration will be announced soon. more...

Mayo Clinic Receives $100 Million for Proton Therapy
Mayo Clinic has announced that long-time patient and philanthropist Richard O. Jacobson has given a $100 million gift to help establish the multi-site Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program. This is the largest outright gift in the clinicís history, as well as the largest gift Mr. Jacobson has made to any single institution. Mayoís program will include new facilities on the Rochester and Phoenix campuses, and the Rochester building will be named in Mr. Jacobsonís honor. more...

Visit to Capitol Hill Set for May 11
AACI will co-host its annual Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, May 11, with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Friends of Cancer Research (FOCR). The event will showcase the work of the nationís cancer centers and how the federal investment in research sustains progress in the fight against cancer. With numerous freshmen legislators entering Congress, and the possibility of flat funding threatening both NIH and NCI, advocacy efforts to maintain research support will be particularly important in the coming year. We strongly encourage you to attend and demonstrate to your legislators how cancer research creates both health and economic benefits for the nation.

To register for Hill Day, please visit: www.aaci-cancer.org/2011_hilldayreg.asp. Accommodations have been reserved at The Liaison on Capitol Hill (415 New Jersey Avenue, NW). Reservations can be made by calling 866-233-4642 and requesting the Association of American Cancer Institutes group rate. The cut-off date for reservations is Monday, April 11, 2011. If you have any questions or requests, please contact Monica Cooney at the AACI office at 802-6774 or monica@aaci-cancer.org. more...


2010 AACI Report Now Available Online

Read all about AACIís programs and initiatives in our 2010 Report, now available online. The report is a year-end compendium of AACIís activities, highlighting the Associationís progress toward achieving its strategic goals of promoting broad recognition of the cancer center network, facilitating interaction among cancer centers, and fostering collaboration and communication with local communities and other cancer organizations. The full report is available at http://aaci-cancer.org/pdf/2010_report.pdf. more...


National Cancer Act 40th Anniversary: Kennedy Conducts Hearings
Each 2011 issue of AACI Update will include a story about the history of the National Cancer Act of 1971, to mark the 40th anniversary of the legislationís passage.

In March 1971, Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) conducted two days of hearings on his plan to transfer all functions of the National Cancer Institute to a new independent agency, separate from the National Institutes of Health, called the National Cancer Authority. The plan, introduced in a Senate bill called The Conquest of Cancer Act, was co-sponsored by Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY) along with 51 other senators. more...

Senator Edward Kennedy with Dr. William Hutchinson, founder of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in 1975 Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Hutchinson Reed and Historylink.org
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