MICR Programs at the 12th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities

MICR Council Meet and Greet
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Continental Ballroom 2, Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California

Join the MICR Council for an informal meet and greet where conference attendees can network, chat, and discuss upcoming MICR initiatives.

MICR Professional Advancement Session: “Becoming an Independent and Competitive Cancer Disparities Researcher: Strategies for Success”
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Continental Ballroom 4, Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California

The purpose of the Professional Advancement Session is to provide strategies, practical advice and National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding opportunities for investigators seeking research independence. This forum will foster interactive discussions and offer strategies for trainees and early stage investigators (ESIs) to navigate a career in cancer disparities research. Topics will span multidisciplinary research areas and focus on promoting workforce diversity. Specific areas of focus will include highlighting relevant funding opportunities, showcasing resources for developing competitive applications, providing grantsmanship tips, and reinforcing the importance of networking. Presenters will review fundamentals of success, as well as provide innovative approaches and tailored information for every career level and discipline.

Session Co-Chairs
Brian M. Rivers, PhD, MPH, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Sanya A. Springfield, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, Bethesda, MD

Featured Speakers
LeeAnn Bailey, MBBS, PhD, NCI-CRCHD, Bethesda, MD
Anil Wali, PhD, NCI-CRCHD, Bethesda, MD
Sandra L. San Miguel, MS, NCI-CRCHD, Bethesda, MD
Tiffany Wallace, PhD, NCI-CRCHD, Bethesda, MD
Nicole McNeil Ford, PhD, NCI-CRCHD, Bethesda, MD

Party on the Bay: A Minorities in Cancer Research Fundraiser
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019
8:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Plaza A&B, Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Join MICR for a night of networking, exchanging ideas, and excitement as part of the MICR Fundraiser and Networking Event! Purchase tickets online and in person at the MICR Networking and Resource Center. *Special discounted rate for Associate Members and trainees; please see AACR staff on-site for more information.*

Minorities in Cancer Research Distinguished Lectureship Series: "Cancer Health Disparities Research: Past, Present and Future" - Examples of Progress Made and Barriers to Overcome (Hopefully by You)
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019
4 - 7 p.m.
San Francisco State University

Advances in cancer disparities research has led to a shared understanding that the disproportionate burden of disease for particular minority groups (e.g. based on race/ethnicity and gender) results, in most part, from the confluence of multiple factors (biological, environmental, behavioral and system-level). This symposium will highlight current research that exemplifies this complexity for the two most common cancers, as well as allow attendees to leave with a broad understanding of some of the main achievements as well as barriers that investigators face when trying to understand and eliminate cancer health disparities. Faculty, students, and community members are invited to attend and engage in a robust conversation as leading experts present their work and perspectives. This session free; register today!

Visit the MICR Networking and Resource Center
Continental Ballroom 3
Hilton San Francisco Union Square 

Friday, Sept. 20, 2:30  – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. – noon 

The MICR Networking and Resource Center provides meeting attendees with a comfortable environment in which to network one-on-one and in small groups while learning about AACR and MICR programs and MICR membership and committee service opportunities.  

MICR Professio​​nal Development Programs at the AACR Annual Meeting and Special Conferences

Professional Advancement Sessions

Minorities in Cancer Research-organized professional advancement sessions take place at AACR meetings and conferences and provide a forum in which students, postdocs, and junior faculty can discuss important career development issues and survival skills with senior established scientists.

AACR-MICR Distinguished Lectureship Series

This series brings together leading researchers who present the latest developments in cancer research to students and faculty at minority-serving institutions. These lectures are intended to inspire these young minority students and educators to pursue cancer research.
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AACR-MICR MSI Faculty - Cancer Center Collaboratives

This program matches AACR Minority-serving Institution Faculty Scholar Awardees with excellent cancer scientist mentors who are based at National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers or Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

MICR Council Meet and Greet

Attendees of the AACR Annual Meeting and select special conferences are invited to meet informally with member of the MICR Council to network, chat, and discuss upcoming MICR initiatives.

MICR Networking and Resource Center

All MICR members and conference registrants interested in learning about MICR membership and activities are encouraged to visit the MICR Networking and Resource Center. The center will provide meeting attendees with a comfortable environment in which to network one-on-one and in small groups. Please visit the Networking and Resource Center for a quiet space, a snack, or to converse and exchange ideas with peers.

MICR in the Community

Philadelphia Sista Strut

Each year, AACR-MICR has the pleasure of participating in, and being the charity partner of, the Philadelphia Sista Strut which takes place at Xfinity LIVE! in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This event features a 3K walk with the goal of increasing public awareness about the impact of breast cancer in women of color.

AACR members, survivors, advocates, health professionals and the community-at-large unite in support during this half-day of health advocacy, cancer education, and community engagement. We were very proud to have AACR-MICR members address attendees with information on cancer and preventative measures, and a survivor-advocate gives inspirational remarks on their journey as a cancer survivor. Numerous attendees visit the AACR booth to learn more about the AACR and MICR. As a global leader in the fight against cancer, the AACR understands the importance of heightening cancer awareness in the community, and we are so pleased to be part of this event and delighted that the proceeds will benefit the AACR-MICR programs that support breast cancer research for minorities and other diversity initiatives.