October 19, 2001

Moses will lead national organization

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Dr. Hal Moses

Dr. Harold Moses, Benjamin F. Byrd Professor of Oncology and director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, was recently elected as vice president and president-elect of the Association of American Cancer Institutes.

He will serve two years in this role, followed by two years as president of the organization, which includes more than 80 centers. About two-thirds of them, including Vanderbilt-Ingram, are National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. As the country’s cancer research infrastructure, AACI member institutions receive the majority of the NCI’s $2 billion in extramural research funding.

Established in 1959, the AACI is dedicated to promoting the common interests of the nation’s leading academic cancer centers that are focused on the eradication of cancer through comprehensive, multi-disciplinary programs in cancer research, treatment, patient care, prevention, education and community outreach.

Among its activities, the AACI helps craft and implement the national cancer agenda; promotes the importance and unique nature of its member institutions in conducting basic, translational and clinical cancer research, and contributes to major advances; ensures and enhances federal support for cancer research funding; and partners with other cancer organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research to achieve mutual goals. n