AACI Commentary

A Future Without HPV-Related Cancers is Within Reach

Eliminating Cervical Cancer is the First Step

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Press Release

Increasing the Success Rate for NCI Grant Applications

AACI commends the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on the release of its Annual Plan & Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2021. Under its new budget proposal, the NCI would begin raising the grant approval payline, the cutoff point used to determine which applications will be funded, opening the door to funding additional research proposals.

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2019 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting

October 20-22, 2019
Washington, DC

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2019 Keynote Speaker

Devon Still

Devon Still, an advocate for childhood cancer awareness and a former professional athlete, will deliver the keynote address during the 2019 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

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2019 Champion for Cures

The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Family

The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman family will receive AACI's 2019 Champion for Cures Award, in recognition of their significant leadership in supporting efforts to cure cancer and in inspiring others to do the same. 

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2019 Distinguished Scientist

Douglas R. Lowy

Douglas R. Lowy, MD, acting director of the National Cancer Institute, will receive the 2019 AACI Distinguished Scientist Award in recognition of his scientific achievements, including his role in enabling the development of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

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2019 CAR T Symposium

The 2019 CAR T Symposium, in collaboration with the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), aims to identify the key challenges to patient access and delivery of CAR T, and to discuss potential solutions to address barriers to care.

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PCLI Hereditary Cancer Program Webinars

AACI's Physician Clinical Leadership Initiative (PCLI) will present a two-part webinar series on hereditary cancer programs and cancer risk assessment. The webinars are scheduled for Wednesday, October 2 and Wednesday, November 13.

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Working Together to Find a Cure

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) comprises 98 premier academic and freestanding cancer research centers in the U.S. and Canada. AACI is dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer by enhancing the impact of North America’s leading academic cancer centers.



Acting as a network for research leaders, AACI's Clinical Research Innovation (CRI) examines and shares best practices that promote the efficient operation of clinical research facilities.

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

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AACI events bring together cancer center leadership with national cancer research and advocacy groups, industry, and government health agencies. AACI also shares event announcements as a benefit to members. 
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AACI Welcomes New Corporate Roundtable Members

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New Committee Chairs to Lead Three AACI Programs

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Three Cancer Center Directors Elected to AACI Board

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Meet the President

Roy A. Jensen, MD, has been the director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center since 2004. That year, he was also appointed the William R. Jewell, M.D. Distinguished Kansas Masonic Professor, the director of the Kansas Masonic Research Institute, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Under his leadership, KU Cancer Center earned designation as a National Cancer Institute cancer center in 2012.

With over 150 scientific publications, Dr. Jensen has lectured widely on the clinical and molecular aspects of breast cancer pathology. His research focuses on understanding the function of BRCA1 and BRCA2 and their role in breast and ovarian neoplasia; and on the characterization of premalignant breast disease.

A member of AACI's board of directors since 2013, Dr. Jensen chaired the association's 2013 program committee.

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Presidential Initiative

For over four decades, cancer centers have worked together to lower cancer incidence and mortality rates through research and sound public policy. Such efforts can save hundreds—if not thousands—of lives over many years and represent a critical tool for lowering cancer mortality.

AACI has an unprecedented opportunity to exert enormous influence on public policy, leveraging the collective efforts of its 98 cancer centers across North America for maximum impact.

For his presidential initiative, Dr. Roy Jensen will spearhead the development of a comprehensive, cancer-specific library of model legislation and other thoroughly vetted public policy resources. 

Inspired by successful efforts at KU Cancer Center and the work of national cancer advocacy organizations, Dr. Jensen plans to launch the web-based library in 2019 to address issues ranging from state funding for cancer research to HPV vaccination, tobacco regulation, oral chemotherapy parity, and coverage of routine care for clinical trials.

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