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The mission of AACR International - Canada is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, AACR International - Canada fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world. 

The AACR has established AACR International to stimulate innovative global collaborations by fostering the exchange of information on the latest research developments between laboratory and clinical researchers around the world.

Where will the cure for cancer come from?

The answer is research. Cancer is not a single disease, but more than 200. In Canada and around the world, men and women in laboratories and clinics, universities, medical centers, government, and industry are working not only to overcome this affliction that claims but also to prevent it. 

How does the AACR promote cancer research?

The AACR is the authoritative source of information about advances in the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. By accelerating the growth and spread of new knowledge about cancer, the AACR is on the front lines of the quest for prevention and cure.

What does the AACR do?

The AACR is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its reputation for scientific breadth and excellence attracts the premier researchers in the field. The programs and services of the AACR foster the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among scientists dedicated to cancer research, provide training opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers, and increase public understanding of cancer.

To that end, the AACR:

Publishes a portfolio of highly ranked peer-reviewed journals that present leading research articles: Cancer Discovery, Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Cancer Prevention Research, and Cancer Immunology Research.

Publishes Cancer Today, the authoritative resource for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers who are seeking information and inspiration as they or their loved ones face diagnosis, treatment, and life after cancer.

Convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws international participants from the cancer research community.

Offers workshops, fellowships, and grants for early-career investigators and investigators-in-training.

Collaborates with cancer survivors, raises public awareness of the progress and cause for hope in cancer research.

How did the AACR begin?

AACR was founded in 1907 by a group of 11 physicians and scientists interested in research, "to further the investigation and spread the knowledge of cancer." Today, the AACR accelerates progress toward the prevention and cure of cancer by promoting research, education, communication, and collaboration.

AACR International – Canada was founded in 2014 with the inception of Stand Up To Cancer Canada. As the scientific partner of SU2C, the AACR provides scientific oversight and conducts expert peer review and grants administration for SU2C. 

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