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Scientific Achievement Awards Committees

Scientific Achievement Awards Committees serve in the significant role of selecting recipients of the prizes, awards, and lectureships that are listed for each committee.


The AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Committee oversees the selection of the recipient for the prestigious AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research to honor an individual who has made significant fundamental contributions to cancer research, either through an extraordinary single scientific discovery or an important body of work performed during his or her career in the cancer field.

2018-2019
Benjamin G. Neel, Chairperson
Frederick W. Alt
J. Carl Barrett
René Bernards
Suzanne Cory
Nancy E. Davidson
Vishva M. Dixit
Elaine Fuchs
Michael Karin
Lawrence E. Loeb
George C. Pendergast
Carol L. Prives

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The AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research Committee oversees the selection of the recipient for the AACR-CICR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research to recognize outstanding, novel, and significant chemistry research which has led to important contributions to the fields of basic cancer research, translational cancer research, cancer diagnosis, the prevention of cancer, or the treatment of patients with cancer.

2018-2019

Ruth Nussinov, Chairperson
Natalie G. Ahn
Rima S. Al-Awar
Julian Blagg
Gabriela Chiosis
Craig M. Crews
Philip Jones
Sunil Sharma
Joanne Stubbe

The AACR Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Award Committee oversees the selection of recipients for the the AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention which honors outstanding research accomplishments in the fields of epidemiology, biomarkers, and prevention.

2018-2019
Adriana Albini, Chairperson
Paolo Boffetta
Pamela J. Goodwin
Susan E. Hankinson
Curtis C. Harris
Peter Kraft
Lawrence H. Kushi
Marian L. Neuhouser
Elizabeth A. Platz
Thomas A. Sellers
Melissa A. Simon
Kenneth Kenji Tanabe
Cornelia M. Ulrich

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The AACR-Cancer Research Institute Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology Committee oversees the selection of the recipient for the Lloyd J. Old Award which recognizes an active cancer immunologist who has done outstanding and innovative research in cancer immunology that has had a far-reaching impact on the field.

2018-2019
Ellen Puré, Chairperson
Carl H. June
Lewis L. Lanier
Melinda S. Merchant
Alexander Rudensky
Robert D. Schreiber
Manuel Alejandro Sepulveda
Julianne Smith
Jedd D. Wolchok

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The AACR Clinical Cancer Research Awards Committee oversees the selection of recipients for the AACR-Joseph H. Burchenal Clinical Research Award which recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical cancer research.

2018-2019
Michael A. Carducci, Chairperson
Susan E. Bates
Marcia R. Cruz-Correa
Sandra Demaria
John F. DiPersio
Martin E. Gleave
Michael V. Knopp
Patrick J. Loehrer, Sr.
Giovanni Melillo
Stephen J. Schuster
Elizabeth M. Swisher
Heater A. Wakelee

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The AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research Committee recognizes an investigator whose outstanding science has inspired, or has the potential to inspire, new perspectives on the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of breast cancer. 

2018-2019
Vered Stearns, Chairperson
Alexander D. Borowsky
Matthew P. Goetz
Jos Jonkers
Geoffrey J. Lindeman
Timothy R. Rebbeck
Laura J. van ’t Veer
Valerie M. Weaver
Douglas Yee
Carlos L. Arteaga, ex officio

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The AACR Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities Committee, funded by Susan G. Komen®, recognizes an investigator whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancer health disparities.

2018-2019
Smith Bhatia, Chairperson
Gerardo Colón-Otero
Ethan Dmitrovsky
Elena Martinez
Augusto C. Ochoa
Gloria M. Petersen
Brian M. Rivers
Beti Thompson
Jeffrey N. Weitzel
Cheryl L. Willman
Robert A. Winn

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The AACR Laboratory Research Awards Committee oversees the selection of recipients for the AACR-G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award which recognizes outstanding recent accomplishments in basic cancer research.

2018-2019
Anna M. Wu, Chairperson
Mariano Barbacid
Dafna Bar-Sagi
Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff
James R. Heath
Marcelo G. Kazanietz
Klaus Pantel
John H.J. Petrini
Thomas M. Roberts
Kala Visvanathan
Emile E. Voest

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The AACR Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research Committee oversees the selection of the recipient for the prestigious AACR Margaret Foti Award to honor an individual for leadership and extraordinary achievement in cancer research.

2018-2019
Michael A. Caligiuri, Chairperson
Kenneth C. Anderson
Anna D. Barker
Patrick Hwu
Peter A. Jones
Michael B. Kastan
Richard D. Kolodner
Richard M. Marais
Yusuke Nakamura
Lisa A. Newman
Edith A. Perez
Elizabeth A. Platz

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The AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Memorial Lectureship Committee oversees the selection of the recipient for the AACR-MICR Jane Cooke Wright Memorial Lectureship to recognize an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research.

2018-2019
Brian M. Rivers, Chairperson
Lucile L. Adams-Campbell
Smita Bhatia
Carol L. Brown
Nathan A. Ellis
Christopher S. Lathan
Gloria M. Petersen
Amelie G. Ramirez
Luz Maria Rodriguez
Javier F. Torres-Roca
Claire F. Verschraegen


The AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research Committee, supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation oversees the nomination of candidates and selection of recipients for the AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research which recognizes an investigator whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of breast cancer. 

2018-2019
Lajos Pusztai, Chairperson
Fabrice André
Cathrin Brisken
Miles A. Brown
Powel H. Brown
Angela M. DeMichele
Susan M. Domchek
Leisha A. Emens
Charlotte Kuperwasser
Cynthia X. Ma
Ruth M. O'Regan
Martine J. Piccart
Jean J. Zhao
Carlos L. Arteaga, Ex officio

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The AACR-Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship Committee oversees the selection of the recipient for the prestigious AACR-Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship to recognize an individual scientist whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancer, and who embodies the dedication of the princess to multinational collaborations. 

2018-2019
Lewis C. Cantley, Chairperson
Cory Abate-Shen
Shelley L. Berger
Thierry Boon
Karen Cichowski
Harold L. Moses
Michael N. Pollak
Toshikazu Ushijima
Susumu Nishimura, ex officio
Takao Sekiya, ex officio

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The AACR Team Science Award Committee oversees the selection of recipients for the AACR Team Science Award to acknowledge and catalyze the growing importance of interdisciplinary teams to the understanding of cancer and/or the translation of research discoveries into clinical cancer applications.

2018-2019
Luis A. Diaz, Chairperson
Christopher H. Contag
Steven M. Dubinett
Matthew J. Ellis
Douglas T. Fearon
Karen A. Gelmon
Ramaswamy Govindan
Joe W. Gray
John V. Heymach
Norbert Kraut
Rong Li
Sanford D. Markowitz
Katherine L. Nathanson
Nickolas Papadopoulos
Ulrike Peters
Kenneth J. Pienta
Uri Tabori
Manon van Engeland


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The AACR-Waun Ki Hong Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research Committee oversees the selection of recipients for the AACR-Waun Ki Hong Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research to recognize a worthy cancer researcher who has conducted highly meritorious laboratory, translational, or clinical cancer research anywhere in the world at a relatively early state in his or her career.

2018-2019
Kornelia Polyak, Chairperson
Mary C. Beckerle
Powel H. Brown
Albert de la Chapelle
Dwight Gary Gilliland
Sandra J. Horning
Pasi A. Jänne
Daniel D. Karp
Edison T. Liu
William G. Nelson
Lillian L. Siu
Eric J. Small
Sanya A. Springfield

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The AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship Committee oversees the selection of recipients for the AACR-WICR Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship to recognize an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of women in science.

2018-2019
Caroline Dive, Chairperson
Nita Ahuja
Rakesh K. Jain
Kenneth W. Kinzler
Elizabeth R. Lawlor
Brigette B. Ma
David Malkin
Sumithra J. Mandrekar
Julie R. Palmer
Jennifer A. Pietenpol
Peter K. Vogt
Cassian Yee

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The Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research Committee oversees the selection of the recipient for the prestigious Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achivement in Cancer Research to recognize a scientist of international renown who has made a major scientific discovery in basic cancer research or who has made significant contributions to translational cancer research.

2018-2019
Michael B. Kastan, Chairperson
Mariano Barbacid
Nina Bhardwaj
Carlos M. Caldas
Elisabetta Dejana
Joe W. Gray
Lorenzo Moretta
David A. Tuveson
Jennifer A. Wargo


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