Schedule highlights from the Program Chair: Saturday, April 9

It’s the first full day of the AACR Annual Meeting 2022 in New Orleans and we have a full schedule of programming today featuring more than 35 Educational Sessions and 10 Methods Workshops covering innovative, emerging scientific and clinical concepts and new technologies across a wide range of disciplines and areas of research.

Marcia Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD
Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD

Here are just a few highlights of today’s educational program, but please check the program planner for the complete schedule. And don’t forget, you’ll be able to watch recordings of anything you miss during the meeting for three months.

The Educational Session Precision Strategies for Cancer Risk Reduction, which begins at 8 a.m. CDT in New Orleans Theater B at the convention center, will explore the concept of “precision prevention,” with presentations reviewing recent advances in cancer risk stratification and the development of novel risk reduction strategies.

Therapeutic resistance continues to be the biggest challenge we face in cancer treatment, and we’ll hear a lot about it in many sessions and presentations over the course of the meeting, including today’s Educational Session Drug Resistance: Challenges and Prospects – Dedicated to the Memory of Joseph R. Bertino. The session begins at 10 a.m. CDT in New Orleans Theater B.

The AACR is committed to addressing and overcoming disparities in cancer research and care, and this year’s program includes numerous sessions devoted to issues of disparity, including the impact that race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, and environment can have on different cancers, as well as different populations.

Data derived from Medicaid populations is an important resource in disparities research. The Educational Session Addressing Cancer Care Quality and Cancer Outcomes in Medicaid Populations will examine the value of this data in studying disparities in cancer care access, quality, and outcomes in low-income, medically underserved populations. The session begins at 10 a.m. CDT in Room 217-219 at the convention center.

This year’s program includes an entire topic track dedicated to AACR Project GENIE, an open-source international cancer registry of real-world data. A Methods Workshop this afternoon, Using Real-world Clinico-genomic Data: AACR Project GENIE as a Use Case, will review the nuts and bolts of using data from the project and combining it with other data sources. The session will be held from 12:30 – 2 p.m. CDT in Room 243-245.

Last but not least, we’ll wrap up the day’s programming with a plenary session dedicated to the science of precancer—Precancer Discovery Science—from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. CDT in Hall B-C at the convention center. Recent and emerging discoveries are shedding new light on the earliest stages of cancer, and the speakers in this session will discuss some of the latest advances and discoveries in cancer prevention, early detection, and interception.

This year marks the 115th anniversary of the founding of the AACR, and as we gather this week in New Orleans, I would like to thank all AACR members and staff, as well as our vendors and industry partners, for their ongoing support and commitment to our global mission to prevent and cure cancer.

Be sure to check AACR Meeting News each day for more meeting highlights, program previews, session recaps, and all the news from the Annual Meeting in New Orleans.