12/1/2011 AACI Update / December 2011
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News from the Association of American Cancer InstitutesDecember 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.

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AACI Centers Voice Funding Concerns

A number of AACI cancer center directors recently published editorials in their local newspapers underscoring what NIH and NCI funding means for people and local economies in their individual states, as well as for overall progress against cancer.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) produced a draft of the editorial, and AACI worked in collaboration with AACR to spread the word on the need for stable cancer research funding. Center directors tailored the draft to reflect funding needs and experiences in their own centers and states. more...

Fellowship Application Deadline Approaching

The deadline for applications for the AACI Translational Cancer Research Fellowship is February 1, 2012. Please visit our website Ė www.aaci-cancer.org/fellowship.asp to read the complete guidelines and instructions for applicants. For additional information, please contact Kate Burroughs via e-mail at kate@aaci-cancer.org. more...

Capitol Hill Day Planned for May 17
Please join us in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, May 17, 2012 to showcase your centerís work during meetings with Members of Congress and to emphasize how the federal investment in research sustains progress in the fight against cancer. Partner organizations for the event are the American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Friends of Cancer Research. more...

National Cancer Act 40th Anniversary:
Landmark Cancer Legislation Becomes Law

To mark the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act of 1971, each 2011 issue of AACI Update will include a story about the history of the legislationís passage.

President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act on December 23, 1971. The act authorized the first 15 cancer centers and provided the NCI director with direct access to the Oval Office, mandating that the NCI develop its programs with the advice of a new National Cancer Advisory Board and submit an annual budget directly to the president. more...

Senate Resolution To Recognize National Cancer Act 40th Anniversary
U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and John Kerry (D-MA) are preparing to introduce a congressional resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the National Cancer Act, on December 23, 1971. The resolution would reaffirm the national commitment to understanding and controlling cancer and supporting cancer research as a national public health priority.

AACI has endorsed the resolution and we encourage our member institutions to do the same. We also urge our centers ask their U.S. Senators to co-sponsor the resolution. more...

News from the Centers
Awards & Honors
Grants & Gifts
Leadership Transitions
Research Highlights
Other News
Meeting Announcements

Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR)
Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium
February 22-23, 2012

The symposium will highlight new developments in the field of biospecimen science to address the significant impact of pre-analytical biospecimen variables on cancer research and molecular medicine.

The latest information about the symposium can be found on the website at http://brnsymposium.com/