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AACI Urges President Trump to Share Key COVID-19 Information

In a letter to President Donald Trump, AACI called on the Trump administration to share vital information about its coronavirus response with President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team.

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12th Annual AACI CRI Meeting

Abstracts and Posters

The 2020 Abstracts and Posters Book features 77 abstracts from 31 cancer centers submitted for virtual presentation at the 12th Annual AACI CRI Meeting. 

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13th Annual AACI CRI Meeting

The 13th Annual AACI CRI Annual Meeting will take place July 13-15, 2021 at Loew's Chicago O'Hare Hotel.

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2021 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting

The 2021 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting will take place October 17-19, 2021 at InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza.

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AACI Statement

Racism is a Public Health Crisis

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

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AACI Update 
November 2020

AACI Commentary
October 2020

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Our Mission

Working Together to Find a Cure

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) comprises 102 premier academic and freestanding cancer centers in the United States and Canada. AACI is accelerating progress against cancer by empowering North America's leading cancer centers in their shared mission to alleviate suffering.



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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Recent Headlines

AACI Now Accepting Recommendations for PCLI Steering Committee

AACI Now Accepting Recommendations for PCLI Steering Committee

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AACI to Welcome New Members to CRI and GR Steering Committees

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Annual Meeting Spotlight: Basic Science and Pediatric Cancer Care

Annual Meeting Spotlight: Basic Science and Pediatric Cancer Care

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Meet the President

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, is enterprise director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. 

Under Dr. Knudsen’s leadership, SKCC was evaluated as “Outstanding” in its most recent National Cancer Institute (NCI) renewal, and was one of only four cancer centers to be ranked “Exceptional” in Community Outreach and Engagement. 

Dr. Knudsen’s own research centers on advanced prostate cancer, with a focus on successful conversion of translational discoveries into clinical interventions. She maintains an actively funded research program, and serves on the Board of the American Association of Cancer Research, and on the NCI's Board of Scientific Advisors. She serves as an editor for several leading oncology journals and has received numerous awards for her accomplishments.

A member of AACI's Board of Directors since 2016, Dr. Knudsen began her term as president in October 2020. For her presidential initiative, Dr. Knudsen will  leverage the expertise of North America's 102 leading cancer institutes to understand and mitigate cancer health disparities.

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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, Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, will leverage the expertise of North America’s 102 leading cancer institutes to address health disparities. Using a two-staged approach, the initiative aims to convert understanding of cancer disparities across AACI centers into meaningful, measurable actions to improve the lives of patients with cancer.


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