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AACR Announces Move to Virtual Meeting for 2021


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The Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) brings together key stakeholders in all areas of cancer research to make connections, build collaborations, and explore and expand the frontiers of integrative cancer science and medicine. After careful consideration of currently available information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AACR Board of Directors has decided to convene the 2021 meeting in a virtual format. This decision was made to prioritize the health and safety of attendees as well as the patients and communities they serve.

Everything associated with the annual meeting—cutting-edge science, practice-changing clinical trials, an exciting educational program, opportunities for networking and professional development, and the discussion of new research directions—will be included in the virtual format. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page appears on the annual meeting website, offering information on the program, abstract presentations, continuing medical education, and other aspects of the meeting. Questions that are not answered in the FAQ can be addressed to annual.meeting@aacr.org.

General Details

Answers to some critical questions about the meeting are provided below:

Meeting Dates: The Program Committee is currently working to reconfigure the scientific program to create an engaging virtual meeting experience. The dates of the virtual meeting will be announced no later than December 1.

Abstract Submission Deadlines: Proffered papers that are selected for oral presentation will be presented in minisymposia that are accompanied by live question-and-answer sessions. Proffered papers selected for poster presentation will be given as e-posters, supported by enhanced engagement and networking opportunities. The deadline for regular abstract submission was -November 19; the deadline is January 11 for both clinical trials and late-breaking abstracts.

Registration: Registration rates for the virtual meeting will be announced no later than December 1. Information will also be provided at this time to individuals and exhibitors who were registered for the terminated in-person AACR Annual Meeting 2020 and who chose to defer their registration fees to the 2021 meeting.

Virtual Exhibit Show: The virtual meeting will include a robust Exhibit Show, featuring a wide array of companies with the latest products and services. Organizations interested in exhibiting may visit exhibits@aacr.org.

The AACR Virtual Annual Meeting 2020 featured more than 73,000 attendees from 127 countries, coming together to move the field forward during a transformative year for the global cancer research community. Next year’s meeting will highlight the new wave of scientific innovation in basic, translational, and clinical research as well as population science, all of which hold enormous promise for patients with cancer. 


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