The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) represents 108 of the leading academic and freestanding cancer research centers in North America. AACI is accelerating progress against cancer by enhancing the impact of academic cancer centers and promoting health equity.
Read The History of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, written in 2021 by Donald L. "Skip" Trump, MD, and Eric T. Rosenthal.
View AACI's statement on the public health crises of discrimination and violence against marginalized communities.
AACI commends the National Cancer Plan released by the National Cancer Institute. Read our statement.
AACI's Clinical Research Innovation (CRI) provides a network for cancer center clinical research leaders to share best practices. Much of CRI’s activity is organized around an annual meeting attended by more than 400 clinical trials leaders from AACI cancer centers, industry representatives, and government agencies, who come together to address common challenges. Member services include access to active role-based and topic-focused listservs; and the opportunity to participate in working groups and task forces that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion; staff retention; and the role of clinical trials office medical directors.
The AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting convenes hundreds of AACI cancer center members with leaders of national cancer research and advocacy groups, industry, and government health agencies. The meeting is unique in providing leaders from academic cancer centers with a forum to discuss important issues and develop best practices with their peers.
To advance the use of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T) therapies use and establish best practices, AACI established the CAR T Initiative in 2018. AACI centers engage with the initiative through webinars, listserv discussions, calls, and meetings. Working groups focus on issues including clinical research and administrative barriers.
The AACI Public Policy Resource Library (PPRL) was the presidential initiative of Roy A. Jensen, MD, immediate past president of AACI. The PPRL enables cancer centers and other cancer advocates to share resources—including talking points and legislation enacted across the U.S.—to foster collaboration, promote cancer prevention, and spur the development of policies that will improve the lives of Americans through lowered cancer incidence and mortality. The PPRL also highlights federal legislation endorsed by AACI.
AACI aims to mitigate cancer disparities by leveraging cancer center expertise into meaningful, measurable actions to improve patients’ lives. Results of an AACI survey on cancer center catchment areas were published in a 2022 paper about reducing the burden of cancer through community outreach and engagement.
Recognizing the urgent need for diversity in the oncology leadership pipeline, Caryn Lerman, PhD, is focusing her presidential initiative on leadership development for emerging cancer center leaders from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Lerman and her steering committee are developing best practices for mentoring and onboarding, highlighted in a 2022 paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and the inaugural leadership diversity and development workshop was held in November 2022.
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