Press Release

Cancer Center Leaders Elected to AACI Board

Joann B. Sweasy, PhD, has been elected to serve as vice president/president-elect of AACI’s Board of Directors. Three new board members were also chosen: Edward Chu, MD, MMS; Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD; and Yolanda Sanchez, PhD.

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2023 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting

Register today for the 2023 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting, October 1-3, at the Salamander Washington, DC.

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AACI Condemns Discrimination and Violence

AACI condemns racism, discrimination, and gun violence. We firmly believe that these intertwined issues must be confronted with a sense of urgency — just as we address cancer, infectious diseases, and other crises that impact public health.

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Our Mission

Accelerating Progress Against Cancer

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) represents over 100 premier academic and freestanding cancer centers in the United States and Canada. AACI is accelerating progress against cancer by enhancing the impact of academic cancer centers and promoting cancer health equity.



Acting as a network for research leaders, Clinical Research Innovation (CRI) promotes the efficient operation of clinical research facilities at AACI cancer centers.

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Public Policy


The AACI Government Relations Forum facilitates an improved understanding of policy issues as they pertain to cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship.

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Meetings & Events

Meetings & Events

AACI meetings bring cancer centers together to discover solutions to common challenges. AACI also shares event announcements as a benefit to members.
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Meet the President

Caryn Lerman, PhD, is the director of University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles and the associate dean for cancer programs and the H. Leslie and Elaine S. Hoffman Professor in Cancer Research at Keck School of Medicine of USC. She joined the AACI Board of Directors in 2019 and was elected vice president/president-elect in 2020.

Dr. Lerman’s experience in cancer center leadership spans more than 20 years. Internationally recognized for cancer prevention research that bridges the fields of genomics, pharmacology, and population science, she has deep knowledge of multiple frameworks of cancer discovery and innovation from basic and translational/clinical science to population-based research and biotechnology. A major focus of her research is on biology-driven science to reduce cancer risk behaviors.

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Presidential Initiative

The AACI Presidential Initiative allows the president of AACI's Board of Directors to formalize a special project of broad interest and value to AACI members during their two-year term.

For her presidential initiative, Caryn Lerman, PhD, is focusing on leadership development within AACI cancer centers, with an emphasis on diversity.

Activities include educational workshops and the development of best practices for cancer centers to diversify the leadership pipeline and onboard new leaders.


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