BCRF Grantees Elected to Lead International Cancer Organizations
In early April, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world's first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research, inaugurated BCRF grantee Dr. Charles L. Sawyers
as President-Elect for the 2013 academic year. Dr. Sawyers is the fourth BCRF grantee to serve as AACR President, following Drs. Susan B. Horwitz
(2002-2003), Geoffrey Wahl
(2006-2007), and Judy E. Garber
(2010-2011). Dr. Lewis C. Cantley
was also elected to AACR's Board of Directors for a term of three years. AACR is comprised of more than 32,000 members from more than 90 countries.
The inauguration of Dr. Sawyers follows the election in December 2011 of Dr. Clifford Hudis, BCRF Scientific Advisory Committee Chairman, as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. Dr. Hudis will be inaugurated as President-Elect of ASCO at the organization's Annual Meeting in June 2012. He is the sixth BCRF-affiliated researcher to lead ASCO since 2001. He follows Drs. Larry Norton (2001-2002), Gabriel Hortobagyi (2006-2007), Nancy Davidson (2007-2008), Richard Schilsky (2008-2009), and George Sledge, Jr. (2010-2011). Fellow BCRF grantees, Drs. Daniel F. Hayes and Kathy Miller, have also been elected to serve respectively on ASCO's Board of Directors and the Society's Nominating Committee. ASCO is comprised of nearly 30,000 members representing more than 100 countries.