UICC's work is also made possible thanks to our partners. Read about some of our success stories with American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and Elekta.

Spotlight on...the American Association for Cancer Research

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has been a Full UICC member since 1962. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world’s first and largest professional organisation dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. Its reputation for scientific breadth and excellence attract the premier researchers in the field.

The AACR membership includes more than 34,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers, population scientists, other health care professionals and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries.

The organisation publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers. As the scientific partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration and scientific oversight of team science and individual grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit.

“One of the AACR goals is to significantly raise public and policymaker awareness of the extraordinary advances and measurable progress in cancer research. We have supported UICC’s global advocacy campaign to ensure that governments develop and implement comprehensive National Cancer Control plans which are based on cancer surveillance and research, and are translated into cost-effective solutions for cancer prevention and control. The outcome so far has been very positive but there is still much more to do. We all need to keep working together to accelerate progress,” comments Rick Buck, Senior Director, Communications and Public Relations, American Association for Cancer Research.

Strengthening Strategic Partnerships

We are delighted to announce that Elekta is increasing its commitment to UICC, becoming one of our leading Vanguard partners and participating in the upcoming 2013 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Cape Town themed ‘Closing the Cancer Divide by 2025’.

Elekta has partnered with UICC since 2011, supporting our core activities and bringing its valuable expertise in the field of radiotherapy. The company develops and provides sophisticated systems for radiation therapy and radio surgery, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care.

In June this year, Elekta announced a key partnership with Equra Health in Cape Town, signalling its strong intent to increase the regional and national capacity, and deliver radiotherapy services via improved education and training in South Africa and the wider Sub-Saharan Africa.

Given UICC’s expertise in education and training, Elekta is now exploring further ways of empowering the radiotherapy leaders in the Sub-Saharan Africa through targeted capacity building via UICC fellowships and a regional workshop.