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Collaboration is fundamental to successful research. The AACR plays a critical role in establishing partnerships among researchers, institutions, patients, advocates, and others to boost progress toward our shared goal of understanding, preventing, and curing cancer. Our partners stand with us to advance the science that saves lives and eradicates cancer.
We sincerely thank each of you for joining us in this essential enterprise.
Working together, we are advancing trailblazing research to transform the reality for cancer patients today and well into the future.
The following are just a few of our recent partnerships:
Ocular Melanoma Foundation
The AACR and the
Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) teamed up in 2013 on a bold but important goal – to find cures and better treatments for ocular melanoma – an aggressive form of cancer diagnosed in about 2,000 people a year in the U.S. While advances have been made in recent years against metastatic melanoma of the skin, no effective treatments for metastatic ocular melanoma have been developed, and more research is urgently needed to accelerate progress against this disease, also known as uveal melanoma.
The AACR is pleased to collaborate with OMF to provide a fellowship that supports talented early-career investigators conducting research in ocular melanoma. This one-year fellowship of $50,000 represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct ocular/uveal melanoma research and to establish a successful career path in ophthalmology, ocular oncology, uveal melanoma cancer biology, or a similar field.
Colon Cancer Alliance
The AACR and the
Colon Cancer Alliance teamed up in 2013 with the important goal of advancing our understanding and discovery of new biomarkers that will lead to cures for colorectal cancer patients. Through this partnership, the Colon Cancer Alliance-AACR Fellowship for Biomarker Research provides vital grant funding to early-career investigators – the next generation of cancer researchers to this key area of research.
The second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., colorectal cancer is diagnosed in more than 135,000 adults each year. More than 50,000 men and women die annually of cancer of the colon and rectum, according to federal estimates.
Much progress has been made in the fight against colorectal cancer over the last three decades, thanks to biomedical research. In the 1980s, screening for colorectal cancer was not standard medical practice. In fact, many people were not diagnosed until they had symptoms of colorectal cancer in advanced stage. Treatment options were limited to surgery, and very few therapeutic drugs were available to treat this disease.
Because of scientific research, we now understand that most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp in the colon, and the standard treatment of care is to remove the polyp to prevent the vast majority of colorectal cancers. In addition, treatment options for more advanced tumors have expanded to include many drugs and combination therapies, and more precise surgery and radiation.
For colorectal cancers, understanding molecular biomarkers will provide more effective treatments with fewer side effects through targeted drug therapies for patients.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) has partnered with the AACR since 2007 to provide support for innovative projects to speed the discovery, development, and deployment of new therapies for breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, the BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship, and metastasis. Since 2007, in partnership with the AACR, the BCRF has given a total of $2.5 million to support the highest caliber translational and clinical breast cancer research.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Grants for Translational Breast Cancer Research were established to support cancer research projects designed to accelerate the discovery, development, and application of new agents to treat breast cancer and/or for preclinical research with direct therapeutic intent.