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NCI at AACR 2021 Virtual Meeting: Week 1

The first session of the AACR Virtual Annual Meeting featured live and on-demand content, including the opening ceremony, plenary sessions, major scientific sessions, and award lectures. 

In addition to the leadership sessions listed below, NCI experts are represented in over 100 poster sessions and oral presentations in Week 1 of the conference - including presentations from two of NCI's AACR award recipients, Dr. Douglas Lowy and Dr. Brigitte Widemann. Dr. Stephen Chanock's award lecture will be available beginning in Week 2 of the conference.

Check the AACR program for more information on these sessions, and tune in on-demand.

NCI Leadership Presentations


NCI Director's Address and Fireside Chat

In recent years, we have experienced what we could call a golden age of cancer research. We’ve seen record numbers of FDA approvals, meaningful declines in cancer mortality, and exciting new technologies that have created new opportunities in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. How do we bridge the distance between what we’ve achieved and hope to? In his keynote, Dr. Norman Sharpless reflected on where things stand, and what it will take to end cancer as we know it by improving health equity, supporting basic research, enhancing accrual to clinical trials, accelerating drug discovery, and more. The presentation was followed by a fireside chat with Dr. Antoni Ribas. This presentation is now available on-demand, free to the public.


Progress and the Future of the Cancer Moonshot℠

NCI Deputy Director, Dr. Dinah Singer, discussed the progress and scientific accomplishments of the Cancer Moonshot that have been made to date, how NCI has addressed the goals of the initiative, and the future of the scientific research.
Those registered for the conference can view Dr. Singer's presentation on-demand on the conference platform.
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