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Weill Cornell at the American Association for Cancer Research

We've come a long way in the fight against cancer over the past several decades. We now have a much better understanding of the benefits and limitations of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. We've developed new, targeted therapies that block tumor growth and progression at the cellular level. And we're making exciting progress in the field of cancer immunotherapy, which seeks to harness the immune system to attack tumor cells. But we still have a long way to go.

Leading experts and young investigators gathered this past weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, one of the biggest events in the field, to share their recent progress and latest findings. The five-day conference kicked off on April 18 in Philadelphia with more than 18,000 attendees from around the world.

Weill Cornell's cancer research program is getting stronger each day, and our faculty was very well represented at the meeting. Dr. Lewis Cantley, who heads the Meyer Cancer Center, was the chair of the program committee, charged with putting together an innovative and intellectually stimulating program for the meeting. Lew gave the opening plenary address on "The Genome and Beyond," and he was also honored with the Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship for his discovery and study of the PI3K enzyme.

Several faculty investigators, including John Blenis, Andrew Dannenberg, Doug Fearon, and Effie Apostolou, were invited to give major lectures. And I was delighted to present my lab's work on XBP1 in cancer immunotherapy. All together, Weill Cornell had nearly 70 researchers presenting their cutting-edge work at the meeting--a very impressive total.

Our researchers at the AACR spanned the world of academic medicine. We had basic, translational, and clinical investigators at the meeting, oncologists, physicians, surgeons, computational biologists, and pioneers in the field of precision medicine. Both at the AACR and on campus at the Meyer Cancer Center, we're reaching across the divides that traditionally separate disciplines and banding together to battle cancer on multiple fronts.

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