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AACR Annual Meeting 2012: Photos and Other Additional Material
March 2012
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AACR expresses concerns with President Obama's FY2013 budget  
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) expressed fears in mid-February that the president's recent proposal to freeze funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year 2013 will slow the rate of progress against cancer. As such, the AACR is calling upon the president and the U.S. Congress to provide a $2 billion increase to $33 billion.  
 
For the past decade, the NIH budget has remained essentially flat, the AACR notes, and because of the rate of biomedical inflation has also lost approximately $5.5 billion in purchasing power since 2003. If enacted, the organization says, the president's request would "continue the downward trend that is putting lifesaving research at risk, and jeopardize the nation's longstanding position of global leadership in science and technology."  
 
"The potential for continued flat funding could not come at a worse time because the opportunities for turning our growing scientific knowledge into effective strategies for the treatment and prevention of cancer have never been greater," said AACR's president, Dr. Judy E. Garber, who is director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.  
 
"This is a defining moment in cancer research; tremendous progress has been made in our understanding of cancer and its vulnerabilities," Garber added. "We must capitalize on these discoveries and transform treatment for cancer patients everywhere. In addition, the value of cancer research and biomedical research to the economic health and well-being of this nation cannot be overestimated."  
 
The budget request seems to undermine the president's stated commitment to scientific progress and innovation, AACR said, as emphasized in his recent State of the Union Address when he noted, "Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally-financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched."  
 
"We are grateful for President Obama's longstanding support for cancer research, but the fiscal year 2013 budget request is extremely concerning," said Dr. Margaret Foti, CEO of the AACR. "If we are going to continue to make significant progress, it will require a renewed commitment on the parts of President Obama and Congress to provide the NIH and National Cancer Institute with sustained funding increases." 
 

 
AACR journal receives prestigious 2011 PROSE Award  
 
PHILADELPHIA—The American Association for Cancer Research's newest journal, Cancer Discovery, in February received a 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award), in the category of "Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine."  
 
The Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers presented more than 45 PROSE awards at a special awards luncheon, which was held recently during the PSP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.  
 
"All of us who are involved with the publishing of Cancer Discovery are extremely pleased to receive such an esteemed award," said the journal's publisher, Diane Scott-Lichter. "Cancer Discovery captures the most significant work in cancer research and provides a unique forum to communicate and inspire new thinking in the field."   
 
Cancer Discovery launched at the AACR Annual Meeting 2011 and is the seventh journal published by the AACR. It provides readers with peer-reviewed articles describing major advances in basic, translational, clinical and epidemiological research.  
 

 
AACR supports World Cancer Day  
 
PHILADELPHIA—The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) expressed its support of World Cancer Day on Feb. 4—as well as encouraging AACR members to support it as well—and as part of that also supported the efforts of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to bring "the looming world cancer crisis to the forefront by urging the public, government leaders and health policy makers to take proactive steps in the global fight against cancer."  
 
The 2012 World Cancer Day initiative for this year followed the theme "Together it is Possible," raising public awareness through education and encouragement of healthy lifestyle choices in an effort to reduce cancer risk.  
 
"World Cancer Day is a reminder that we must take action and work together to decrease the global burden of cancer," said Dr. Margaret Foti, CEO of the AACR. "The AACR has had a long-standing focus on cancer prevention research. We believe that known prevention strategies offer long-term potential for lowering cancer incidences and mortality and we urge everyone to take action."  
 

 
Dr. David G. Nathan receives ASH lifetime achievement award
 
PHILADELPHIA—The AACR in late January publicly congratulated Dr. David G. Nathan, a member of the AACR Foundation's board of trustees, on receiving the 2011 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology from the American Society of Hematology (ASH).  
 
This award is the ASH's highest honor and is named for a prolific inventor and entrepreneur who made important contributions to hematology and to the ASH. The award is presented to someone who has demonstrated a lasting commitment to the field of hematology through outstanding contributions to education, research and practice.  
 
"David Nathan is a true leader in the field of hematology research, and we are pleased that he has been awarded this distinguished honor. His visionary leadership will continue to move the field forward for the benefit of patients not only with hematologic diseases, but also all types of cancer," said Dr. Margaret Foti, CEO of the AACR.    
 
Nathan is president emeritus of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Robert A. Stranahan distinguished professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School as well as a Harvard professor of medicine. Throughout the course of his nearly 50-year career, he has made numerous advances in medicine, including the development of the first prenatal diagnostic test for thalassemia and sickle cell anemia and the introduction of hydroxyurea for the amelioration of sickle cell anemia.
 

 
PHOTOS AND CHICAGO AREA INFORMATION
 
 
Chicago's Historic Water Tower, located on the stretch of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile. Located nearby is 74-story Water Tower Place, the eighth-tallest building in Chicago, which not only contains the Ritz-Carlton hotel, luxury condominiums and office space but also sits atop a block-long base containing a several-story high atrium-style retail mall that fronts on the Magnificent Mile.
CREDIT: Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

 
 
One way to enjoy your visit to the city and get an educational experience and eye candy at the same time is to take one of the architectural boat tours along the Chicago River, as pictured above.
CREDIT: Choose Chicago




Chicago's Field Museum is—among other natural, historical and artistic wonders housed there—home of Sue, the largest complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered.
CREDIT: City of Chicago

 
 
 
A view from Oak Street Beach of the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago's most recognizable buildings and a landmark at one end of the city's famous "Magnificent Mile." The John Hancock building is 100 stories tall, and on the 94th floor is an observatory from which visitors can view Lake Michigan and the city, as well as the Lavazza Espression Café, where you can enjoy coffee, wine and other beverages. One floor above that is a restaurant called The Signature Room at the 95th.
CREDIT: Choose Chicago

 
 
 
Chicago's huge McCormick Place convention center will host the AACR Annual Meeting 2012. Pictured here is the entrance to McCormick Place South.
CREDIT: Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

 
 
 
Among the most eye-catching scenic options at Millennium Park is the giant, metallic, bean-shaped Cloud Gate Sculpture that reflects both the skyline and passers-by. Millennium Park opened officially in 2004, some four years behind schedule.It is located in the Loop area of Chicago and had been planned originally to celebrate the new millennium, hence its originally planned opening date of 2000. Millennium Park is located along the Lake Michigan shoreline in an area that covers a 24.5-acre section of northwestern Grant Park.
CREDIT: City of Chicago

 
 
 
The Museum of Science and Industry is located in Jackson Park, in the Hyde Park neighborhood adjacent to Lake Michigan on Chicago's South Side. It is reportedly the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere and was the site of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.The museum is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.
CREDIT: City of Chicago

 
 
 
Featuring rides, dining, shopping and other attractions, Navy Pier is one of many Chicago attractions along the shore of Lake Michigan and has been open to the public since 1995. All told, Navy Pier reportedly offers 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, including a 15-story tall Ferris wheel.
CREDIT: Cesar Russ Photography

 
 
 
The John G. Shedd Aquarium is reportedly the largest indoor marine mammal facility in the world. It offers several freshwater and saltwater exhibits with themes ranging from the Amazon to the Caribbean and is even home to some Beluga whales.
CREDIT: Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau
 
 
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