​​​​​​​​​​​​About the AACR

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the first and largest cancer research organization in the world. The Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization 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." 

The mission of the AACR is to understand, prevent, diagnose, treat, and​ cure cancer by promoting research, education, communication, and collaboration. To that end, the AACR focuses on every facet of high-quality, innovative cancer research.

The organization's reputation for scientific breadth and excellence attracts the premier researchers in the field, helping to make the AACR the authoritative source of information about advances in the causes, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the more than 200 diseases we call cancer.


AACR Highlights:

  • Our high-profile scientific meetings, including the AACR Annual Meeting, are attended by tens of thousands of participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the fight against cancer.

  • The AACR Cancer Progress Report provides policymakers and others an annual update on advances toward the prevention and cure of cancer.

  • The AACR's more than 42,000 members are ​the greatest minds in cancer research.

  • The AACR participates in high-impact collaborations with organizations and foundations, including as the Scientific Partner for Stand Up To Cancer.

  • The AACR publishes eight highly ranked, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and Cancer Today, a magazine for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers.

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. By accelerating the growth and spread of knowledge, the AACR is on the front lines of the quest for new and innovative ways to understand, prevent, and cure cancer.

Learn more about the AACR and its mission here.​

Last year the AACR provided over $64 million in grants and awards funding lifesaving cancer research. There are many ways you can support our mission to prevent and cure all cancers. Take Action

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is a 501c3 registered nonprofit organization with offices at 615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 215.440.9300