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AACR CEO Margaret Foti receives honorary M.D. from the University of San Pablo CEU
Date:6/17/2009

Foti. "This honorary degree is recognition of the hard work of all our members around the world, as well as our AACR staff, all of whom are working hard every day to solve the problem of cancer, which is truly worldwide."

Foti said the global burden of cancer continues to increase by about one percent per year, with even greater increases in China, India and Russia.

"Cancer is expected to surpass cardiovascular disease as the number one cause of death worldwide in 2010, and global incidence of cancer has more than doubled in three decades," said Foti. "This rapid increase represents a crisis in public health, and there is an increasing sense of urgency worldwide for us to find solutions to the cancer problem."

The University of San Pablo CEU was founded to develop future leaders of Spanish society, and its alumni include ministers, heads of major national and international companies, writers, artists, academics and scientists. The university currently serves just over 7,000 students and has 890 faculty members.

Foti has been CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research since 1982. During her tenure, the membership has grown from 3,000 to more than 28,000 scientists residing in nearly 90 countries. She began her career as an editorial assistant for Cancer Research, the most highly cited cancer journal in the world and was rapidly promoted to managing editor. Under Foti's leadership as CEO, the AACR has launched five additional journals that together contribute approximately 20 percent of all peer reviewed cancer literature.

In addition, the AACR holds 20 meetings a year on timely scientific subjects and five educational workshops that train basic and clinical scientists. The AACR also facilitates programs on survivorship issues, plays a key role in science policy and is the scientific partner of Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking cancer funding initiative.

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Contact: Jeremy Moore
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267-646-0557
American Association for Cancer Research
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