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The American Association for Cancer Research used the occasion of World Cancer Day today to announce plans to open an office in China-"to better support and promote collaboration among cancer researchers around the world," according to a news release.

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Further details, the release notes, will be discussed by AACR President Charles L. Sawyers in his Presidential Address at the Annual Meeting (April 5-9 in San Diego).


AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, said the goal is to stimulate innovative international collaborations between laboratory and clinical researchers in China, across the Asia Pacific region, and other sites around the world.


Nearly one-third of AACR's 34,000 members are now from outside the U.S., with 12 percent of all members from Asia, according to information from the association, and there are plans to further expand the international presence to other countries-efforts that will be led by AACR Past President Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS, Chair of the International Affairs Committee and Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.