AACR commemorates 115 years as the driving force to eradicate cancer

115 Anniversary LogoAdding to the excitement of the AACR Annual Meeting, this year marks the 115th anniversary of the organization. The Annual Meeting will serve as a kickoff for a year of events commemorating this milestone.

In May 1907, 11 prominent American scientists met at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., and founded the American Association for Cancer Research. The 23 charter members and 10 charter associate members were among the most famous physicians of the era. Today, the AACR’s membership includes more than 50,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates residing in 129 countries and territories.

In November 1907, the AACR held its first scientific meeting at the Loomis Laboratory at Cornell University School of Medicine in New York City. As we finalize preparations for the AACR Annual Meeting 2022, we honor the contributions of the researchers who gathered in 1907.

Throughout this year’s meeting, we will be celebrating the rich history of progress in cancer research along with the AACR’s pivotal role at the forefront of all the major advances against cancer. The theme of the 115th anniversary celebration, “The AACR: The Driving Force to Eradicate Cancer,” reflects the role the organization plays in bringing together all stakeholders in cancer research toward the goal of preventing and curing all cancers.

A special program acknowledging the 115th anniversary will be presented during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, April 10. You can also check out the 115th Anniversary Landmarks exhibit in the Hall F Lobby on the first level of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. For the first time, AACR merchandise will be available for purchase in the 115th Anniversary Shop, located directly across from the Landmarks display.

The AACR will soon be unveiling more plans to celebrate 115 years of progress against cancer.