The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) elected Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., senior investigator and advisor to NCI, to join the inaugural class of Fellows of the AACR Academy. AACR inducted the new fellows in April during its 2013 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The AACR Academy, which is a separate entity within AACR, recognizes distinguished scientists whose scientific contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer. Only individuals who have made exceptional contributions to cancer or cancer-related biomedical science are eligible for election.
The inaugural class of fellows was selected through a rigorous peer review process that evaluated individuals based on their scientific achievements in cancer research. In future years, new fellows will be selected by a vote of existing fellows.
“Our Board of Directors made the decision to establish the AACR Academy as a mechanism for recognizing scientists whose contributions to the cancer field have had an extraordinary impact,” said Dr. Margaret Foti, AACR’s Chief Executive Officer. “Membership in the Fellows of the AACR Academy will be the most prestigious honor bestowed by the American Association for Cancer Research.”
Dr. Fraumeni is one of 106 members of the inaugural class of Fellows of the AACR Academy. The number of fellows symbolizes the age of AACR at the time the Academy was established. Future classes of fellows will consist of no more than 11 individuals, in honor of the 11 founding members of AACR.