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Sessions Featuring NCI Leaders and Staff

In addition to the sessions noted below, please view the AACR Online Program Planner to find other sessions featuring NCI staff participants, including data-driven oral presentations, symposiums, lectures, plenary sessions, and poster sessions. These sessions will all take place in Room 2 of the Upper Level of the San Diego Convention Center.

All sessions listed are in Pacific Time (PT).

NCI Leadership Presentations

NCI Director’s Address and Fireside Chat

Join NCI Director Dr. Kimryn Rathmell for the NCI Director’s Address and Fireside Chat with Dr. Philip Greenberg, AACR President, on Monday, April 8, 2:15–3:15 p.m.

The Cancer Moonshot: Opportunities to Fulfill the Vision of the National Cancer Plan - Dedicated to the Memory of Senator Dianne Feinstein

In addition to the NCI Director’s Address, Dr. Rathmell will participate on a panel on the goals and vision of the reignited Cancer Moonshot℠, and how the National Cancer Plan serves as a road map to achieve those goals. Join this session on Tuesday, April 9, 2:30–4:00 p.m.

Clinical Trial Design Workshop, Part 2: Precision Combination Therapy

In this panel session on Saturday, April 6, 2:30–4:00 p.m., NCI Deputy Director Dr. James Doroshow will present on concepts in the design and analysis of ComboMATCH.

2024 AACR Awardees from NCI

2024 AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

Dr. Steven Rosenberg is being honored with this award for his lifelong scientific achievements and contributions to cancer research and patient care. Join this session on Saturday, April 6, 3:00–3:45 p.m. Learn more about the award in the AACR press release.

2024 Distinguished Public Service Award

Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens is being honored posthumously for her contributions to clinical cancer research, most notably cancer disparities research and cancer health equity.

NCI-Sponsored Sessions

The sessions below were selected by NCI’s Office of the Director to highlight various NCI resources, funding opportunities, programs, and consortiums. Sessions will include Q&A following the presentations. View the links below for more details about each session.

Title Presenters Date and Time
Year of Open Science: Impact of the Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) (NIH01)

Ina Felau, NCI

Anthony Kerlavage, NCI

Erika Kim, NCI

April 7, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Early-Onset Cancers from Etiology to Survivorship: Funding Opportunities, Resources, and Future Research Needs (NIH02)

Yin Cao, Washington University in St. Louis

Phuong Gallagher, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Andreana N. Holowatyj, Vanderbilt University Medical Cente

Naoko Ishibe, NCI

Tomotaka Ugai, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Asad Umar, NCI

Anil Wali, NCI

April 7, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Cancer Health Disparities Research Collaborations Across CRCHD and DCB (NIH03)

LeeAnn O. Bailey, NCI

Lillian Kuo, NCI

Natalia Mercer, NCI

Tiffany A. Wallace, NCI

April 7, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
NCI Funding Opportunities in Cancer Prevention and Interception (NIH04)

Vignesh Gunasekharan, NCI

Lillian Kuo, NCI

Altaf Mohammed, NCI

Robert H. Shoemaker, NCI

April 8, 10:15–11:15 a.m.
Review and Funding of Foundational Cancer Biology Research at NIH & NCI (NIH05)

Daniel L. Gallahan, NCI 

Shannon Hughes, NCI

Amy Rubinstein, NIH

April 8, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
NCI Funding Opportunities and Grant Writing Strategies for New and Early-Stage Investigators (NIH06)

Christophe Marchand, NCI

Morgan O'Hayre, NIH

Lambratu Rahman Sesay, NIH

Sundar Venkatachalam, NCI

April 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
From Lab to Market: Funding and Transition Support for Early-Stage Oncology Startups from National Cancer Institute (NIH07)

Connor Barth, OSU

Nathan G. Dolloff, Leukogene Therapeutics, Inc

Monique Pond, NCI

April 8, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
NCI Network: Participant Engagement and Cancer Genome Sequencing (PE-CGS) Community Health Educator Supplement Program (NIH08)

LeeAnn O. Bailey, NCI

Elizabeth B. Claus, Yale University

Erin Linnenbringer, Washington University School of Medicine

Leah E. Mechanic, NCI

Timothy R. Rebbeck, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Mariana C. Stern, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

April 9, 10:15–11:15 a.m.
Intramural and Extramural Training and Career Development Awards and Opportunities (NIH09)

Oliver Bogler, NCI

Joanne D'Silva, NCI

Hana M. Odeh, NCI

Michael K. Schmidt, NCI

April 9, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Building on the Power of Data and Community (NIH10)

Subhashini Jagu, NCI

Gregory Reaman, NCI

Ana I. Robles, NCI

Malcolm A. Smith, NCI

Brigitte C. Widemann, NCI

April 9, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
NCI Division of Cancer Prevention Research Resources, Funding Opportunities, and Research Workforce Activities (NIH11)

Jessica M. Faupel-Badger, NCI

Brandy Heckman-Stoddard, NCI

Shanen M. Sherrer, NCI

April 9, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
NCI Artificial Intelligence (AI) Programs and Resources for Advancing Cancer Research (NIH12)

Jennifer Couch, NCI

Christopher Gibbons, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Emily J. Greenspan, NCI

Juli Klemm, NCI

April 10, 10:15–11:15 a.m.


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