The Research Conference That Almost Was

It was with heavy hearts that we made the decision to cancel this year’s AICR Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer. The lingering effect of Hurricane Sandy on air travel and communications across the East Coast left us no choice.

We feel a particularly poignant sense of loss, as this year represents an important milestone for AICR. In 2012, we mark 30 years of supporting innovative cancer research and delivering to the public the evidence-based message that many cancers can be prevented. We would have greatly enjoyed observing this achievement with the researchers, health professionals, policy makers and journalists who have been with us from the beginning — as well as welcoming many new colleagues who are making their own contributions to the field.

Our research conference is a yearly highlight for the entire AICR staff. We are tremendously proud to bring together the world’s leading figures in the study of diet, physical activity and cancer risk, and we delight in offering them a chance to share their findings and discuss bold new research directions.

We are proud of the work this year’s Program Committee, led by Dr. John Erdman, has done to craft an agenda that struck a perfect balance between highlighting bold new research and offering practical, state-of-the-science overviews for health professionals.

But even though we won’t be gathering in Washington, DC this year, AICR continues to fund the cutting-edge science that is opening new horizons of discovery, and translating those findings into advice you can trust.

Research is in our name, it is in our mission, and it is in our hearts. Let this year’s unfortunate turn of events serve as a reminder that research will remain our focus, come hell or — in this case — high water.