AACR establishes new cancer prevention working group

September 13, 2021
Dr. Raymond DuBois sits at his desk in his office
Hollings director Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., will serve on the American Association for Cancer Research's new Cancer Prevention Working Group. Photo by Sarah Pack

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) today announced the formation of its eighth and newest scientific working group. This working group will specifically be dedicated to supporting cancer prevention research.

Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., director of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, is one of the 28 members appointed to the group.

A dedicated advocate for the promotion and support of cancer prevention, DuBois said he’s excited to serve on this working group as part of a prestigious team of members serving from across the nation, Canada and Europe. The mission of the AACR Cancer Prevention Working Group is to establish cancer prevention as a global priority through innovative science, integration of the latest technologies, improved levels of funding and delivery of effective public education and awareness strategies.

“This is an important part of the mission of Hollings and of our Cancer Control Program. I applaud the formation of this group and the priority it sets in shifting more of the focus to cancer prevention,” said DuBois, who also serves as an editor-in-chief of the AACR Cancer Prevention Research journal.

The AACR Cancer Prevention Working Group will provide a forum for communication and collaboration among basic, translational and clinical scientists; physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and cancer prevention experts in academia, industry and government. The members of the working group will work together to facilitate basic, translational and clinical transdisciplinary research aimed at promoting the understanding of cancer prevention science.

The AACR Cancer Prevention Working Group will strive to accomplish its mission by:

  • Fostering transdisciplinary approaches to the study of cancer prevention.
  • Promoting the incorporation of molecular and biochemical concepts and techniques as well as novel data science tools into well-designed cancer prevention studies.
  • Providing an ongoing forum for the scholarly discussion and development of effective approaches to the conduct and interpretation of cancer prevention studies.
  • Fostering collaborations with individuals and with relevant AACR scientific working groups engaged in other scientific disciplines.
  • Recommending scientific and educational programs that will serve to advance the field.
  • Assisting with the professional advancement of early- and mid-career investigators engaged in cancer prevention research.
  • Establishing a community of cancer prevention experts and additional individuals interested in advancing progress in cancer prevention.

Margaret Foti, M.D., Ph.D., chief executive officer of the AACR, said that following the inception of the AACR’s Molecular Epidemiology Working Group in 1999, the number of their scientific working groups has continued to expand to meet the needs of the cancer research community.

“We are now proud to announce this working group dedicated to the vital area of cancer prevention research. The field of cancer prevention has been an area richly supported by the AACR since the organization’s founding in 1907, with the leadership of several AACR past presidents. This new working group will ensure that the AACR remains at the leading edge of scientific advancements in cancer prevention, early detection and interception.”

For a complete list of all the members of the working group, visit the AACR website.