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News from the Association of American Cancer InstitutesApril 2011
The Association is dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer by enhancing the impact of the nation's leading academic cancer centers.
AACI Update is an e-newsletter for the cancer center directors and key contacts at AACI member institutions as well as individuals interested in the cancer center-related activities of AACI. AACI Update reports on the progress of AACI initiatives along with other AACI endeavors that benefit the cancer community and highlights important news and events at AACI member institutions.

AACI encourages member institutions to submit cancer center highlights to AACI Update. News briefs are linked to complete stories posted on individual cancer center websites. Please e-mail materials to aaciupdate@aaci-cancer.org. AACI reserves the right to decide whether or not materials are appropriate for inclusion.

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Srivastava is New Director at Neag

Pramod K. Srivastava, PhD, an accomplished leader in basic and translational research, has been named the new director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Srivastava is a professor and interim chair of the Department of Immunology, director of the Center for Immunotherapy of Cancer and Infectious Diseases, and part of the leadership team of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS). He holds the Physicians Health Services Chair in Cancer Immunology. more...

Hill Day Registration Continues
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 nation’s cancer centers and how the federal investment in research sustains progress in the fight against cancer.

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 monica@aaci-cancer.org. more...

Online Registration to Open for 2011 AACI/CCAF Meeting

The 2011 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC, October 16-18. Information on the meeting, including the program and electronic registration will be available on the AACI website on Tuesday, April 5.

The meeting will bring leaders of AACI cancer centers—center directors and executive-level administrators—together with top personnel of national cancer research and advocacy organizations, industry, and government health agencies to share best practices and devise solutions to common challenges.

The meeting will focus on the ways that partnerships advance cancer research in the United States and how they are transforming the way AACI cancer centers do business. more...

AACI Clinical Research Initiative Meeting Set for July

Registration for the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) Clinical Research Initiative in Chicago is now available on the AACI website. The meeting will be held at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare on Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15.

Meeting registration, hotel information, and the program are available on the AACI website at http://aaci-cancer.org/cri/crimeeting/index.asp. For more information, please contact Monica Cooney at monica@aaci-cancer.org or (412) 802-6774.

AACI has established the Clinical Research Initiative (CRI) to examine and share best practices that promote the efficient operation of cancer center clinical research facilities. Several special interest groups have been established under the CRI. The July meeting will include progress reports from the special interest groups, breakout sessions focused on current and prospective special interest groups, as well as a plenary program developed by the CRI Steering Committee. more...

AACI Member Spotlight

Starting this month, the front page of AACI’s website will highlight three member centers. The featured centers will rotate with each new click on the front page, and each month three new centers will be featured. This month’s spotlight institutions are: Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center; Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA; and, The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. more...

National Cancer Act 40th Anniversary: Mary Lasker, Inspiration for the
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 legislation’s passage.

Mary Woodard Lasker (1901–1994) was a champion of medical research. For decades, she tirelessly persuaded the American public that the national investment in medical research would yield invaluable benefits for human health.

Lasker’s early efforts focused on developing public support to advance basic research on cancer. She founded the Citizens Committee for the Conquest of Cancer and took her cause to Congress and the American public as a leading proponent of the National Cancer Act. more...

Mary Lasker with some of her lilies in the 1960s Photo courtesy of the National Library of Medicine

Public Opinion Propels Cancer Legislation

The Citizens Committee for the Conquest of Cancer ran full-page newspaper ads across the country on the first Sunday in May, 1971. The ads including the text of a recent Ann Landers column that asked, “… if this great country of ours can put a man on the moon, why can’t we find a cure for cancer?” The ads and Landers’ column generated an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 letters to the U.S. Senate by mid-May favoring S. 34, Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and Jacob K. Javits’ lesigation to establish a National Cancer Authority. Landers was later appointed by President Carter to a six-year term on a cancer advisory board. more...
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