Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), American Association for Cancer Research

Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the AACR is the oldest and largest cancer organization in the world dedicated to the conquest of cancer. Dr. Foti holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia, and has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees; one in Medicine from the University of San Pablo CEU in Madrid in June 2009, another in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Catania, Catania, Italy in July 2008, and a third in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Rome in 2003 for contributions to cancer research worldwide. She previously served as the Managing Editor of the Cancer Research journal and as Publisher for AACR for many years. Active in a wide variety of professional publishing organizations, Dr. Foti is a Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the Council of Science Editors. During Dr. Foti’s tenure, AACR has developed a dynamic and vibrant membership of over 33,000 members in more than 90 countries. She contributes to numerous cancer organizations and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Friends of Cancer Research; Council Member for the European Association for Cancer Research; and Past President of the National Coalition for Cancer Research.

Dr. Foti has received numerous national and international awards for her contributions to cancer research, including: the European CanCer Organisation Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to cancer; the Inaugural Kripke Legend Award for significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of women in the cancer field; and ASCO’s Special Recognition Award for her overall efforts in providing vital links between translational scientists and clinicians, as well as for her instrumental role in the development of the AACR/ASCO Joint Workshop, “Methods in Clinical Cancer Research,” which has served as the prototype for subsequent workshops designed to introduce beginning oncologists in Europe and Australia to the essentials of effective clinical trials design. In 2008, Dr. Foti expanded the role of the AACR as a grant giving organization and scientific partner for Stand Up To Cancer, a national, translational cancer research initiative. Most recently, Dr. Foti was named the recipient of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership, and locally was a recipient of the prestigious Pinnacle Award for her extraordinary accomplishments in the field of cancer research.

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