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October 3, 2012
In This Alert...
-Serve on the Associate Member Council
-Conferences and Workshops
-WICR Scholar Awards
-MICR Funding Opportunities
-Current Research Funding Opportunities
-AACR Cancer Progress Report 2012


Serve on the Associate Member Council

The AACR seeks four early-career scientists to serve on the Associate Member Council (AMC) for a three-year term. This opportunity allows leaders to advise the AACR on programs to promote professional development and sustain a vital workforce. Applicants must be Associate Members of the AACR in order to qualify for the positions. To apply for a leadership opportunity with the AMC, candidates must submit an application, letter of recommendation, and a resume/CV. Please visit our website to fill out an application, view complete eligibility guidelines, and for more information.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 31

Conferences and Workshops

Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology will take place in Snowmass Village, CO in late July 2013. This workshop is ideal for physicians either in residency or who have begun their fellowships in any clinical oncology subspecialty with the goal of a future in translational cancer research as physician-scientists. Registrants will gain exposure to a unique combination of lectures from expert cancer researchers, hands-on laboratory sessions introducing techniques in molecular biology at the forefront of cancer research, networking, and mentoring in career development and grant writing. Fellows who are in the later stages of their laboratory training or are beginning the transition to independence are also encouraged to apply. Applications will open in January 2013 with a deadline of March 18, 2013.

Integrative Molecular Epidemiology Workshop, an innovative, new workshop from the AACR that will take place in Boston, MA from July 15 - 20, 2013, is designed to accelerate the training of the next generation of cancer researchers who must be well-skilled in the integration of biology and epidemiology in studies of etiology and outcome. Molecular epidemiologists, geneticists, statisticians, bioinformaticians, molecular biologists, physician scientists, and others who have completed basic coursework in epidemiology will benefit from this workshop. Highly qualified faculty members with expertise that spans these disciplines have been assembled to teach this workshop. All lectures and laboratories will be cognizant of issues like feasibility, scalability, quality control, and practical limitations. Formal didactic lectures will take place with extensive time for discussion. Laboratories will build upon the information provided in the lectures with problem-solving sessions and hands-on applications of statistical and bioinformatics methods. Participants will work collaboratively in small groups throughout the duration of the workshop. Applications will open in late 2012 or early 2013.

Methods in Clinical Cancer Research (Europe) will address errors made in the design and conduct of a clinical trial that can make it impossible for the trial to provide a definitive answer about the effectiveness of a new approach. Poor design may lead to the abandonment of promising avenues of research that are based on sound basic scientific work and also causes delays in the introduction of new treatments into the general practice of medical oncology. This program will introduce junior clinical oncologists in any oncology subspecialty to the principles of good clinical trials design; i.e., give them the tools they need to conduct clinical trials that will yield clear results which investigators can use to proceed to the next level of research; expose junior clinical oncologists to the full spectrum of challenges in clinical research, from conventional antineoplastic agents and multidisciplinary treatment regimens to gene therapy, in the expectation that they will then want to devote all or a portion of their future careers to some aspect of clinical research; and develop a cadre of well-trained, experienced researchers whose expertise will foster better clinical trial designs and thereby hasten the introduction of improved regimens for cancer therapy and prevention into everyday medical practice and patient care. Applications will open in late 2012 or early 2013.

Methods in Clinical Cancer Research (USA) will be held July 27 - August 2, 2013. This intensive week-long workshop introduces fellows and junior faculty to the principles of good cancer clinical trial design. Lecture topics will include statistics, novel trial designs, clinical pharmacology, biomarkers, imaging, laboratory correlates, QOL, ethics, grantsmanship, and investigator responsibilities. Participants arrive with a clinical trial concept and work in daily protocol development group sessions with expert faculty mentors to write a fully developed, IRB-ready cancer clinical trial protocol at the end of the workshop. Applications will open in late 2012 or early 2013.

Take advantage of the Professional Advancement Sessions (PAS) at the upcoming Prevention, Cancer Health Disparities, Post-GWAS, and SABCS conferences. These sessions offer brief lectures on career-related issues, timely scientific topics, and/or small roundtable discussions with leading researchers and scientists. The typical setting is 1-2 mentors per 8-9 attendees with informal discussion on career-related topics. Please visit our Meetings & Workshops Calendar online for more details on these upcoming conferences.

WICR Scholar Awards

Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Scholar Awards are available for the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 to members of the WICR who are scientists-in-training and presenters of meritorious scientific papers at the AACR Annual Meeting. We encourage you to take advantage of this award and receive recognition for your work. Please visit the website for information, including additional deadlines, eligibility requirements, etc., or contact wicr@aacr.org with questions.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Thursday, November 15
Deadline for Letter of Recommendation: Friday, November 30


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Membership Dues: Only members in good standing may sponsor an abstract for consideration for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 on April 6-10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Please log on to myAACR to check your membership status and pay your membership dues online.

Associate Members: If you are no longer eligible for this membership category due to completion of your fellowship or a recent promotion, you are strongly encouraged to maintain your membership by submitting a request for transfer to another membership category. Please contact the Membership Department with any questions about membership.

MICR Funding Opportunities

Funding is available via Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award and the Minority-serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award to support the participation of early-career minority investigators and faculty at minority-serving institutions in upcoming AACR Special Conferences. Encourage your colleagues to apply today.

Current Research Funding Opportunities

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grants

The Pathway to Leadership Grants are designed to build future leaders in the pancreatic cancer research community by supporting outstanding postdoctoral or clinical research fellows. Funding is provided for career development and mentored research during the postdoctoral phase and continues to ensure the successful transition to independence. Applicants must have started a postdoctoral or clinical research fellowship on or after July 2, 2008 (i.e., must be in the first five years of a fellowship at the start of the grant term). The Pathway to Leadership Grant provides up to five years of support, totaling $600,000. It is anticipated that two grants will be funded.
Application Deadline: Wednesday. October 31 at noon, ET

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Fellowship
The Fellowship supports an early-career scientist conducting mentored research. Applicants must have started a postdoctoral or clinical research fellowship on or after July 2, 2010 (i.e., must be in the first three years of a fellowship at the start of the grant term). The Fellowship is a one-year grant, totaling $45,000. It is anticipated that one grant will be funded.
Application Deadline:
Wednesday. October 31 at noon, ET

Please visit AACR Research Funding for complete information on all the grants.

Application submission must be completed online using proposalCENTRAL. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these or any other AACR grant opportunities.

AACR Cancer Progress Report 2012

The AACR Cancer Progress Report 2012 is now available for download online. The AACR released this report on Wednesday, September 12 at a press event that took place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Please visit our website to view the webcast of this event.

This year's Cancer Progress Report chronicles the many ways that scientists have made research count for cancer patients and highlights the great need for continued cancer research. In addition, the report makes a plea to Congress to put an end to declining budgets for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Download the Cancer Progress Report 2012
Watch the Webcast of the Press Conference
Visit the Cancer Progress Report Website

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