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Cancer Discussion Group

Advancing the world’s most promising research in cancer prevention, diagnosis, care, and cure


Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, with the number of new cases expected to rise to 22 million within the next two decades. In order to develop effective cancer prevention methods, diagnostics, treatments, and cures, we need to better understand the triggers for cancer formation and the factors that control tumor growth and spread, as well as how individual cancer cells differ from each other, and from healthy cells. New methods for detecting the earliest molecular changes that lead to different types of cancer are also key to eliminating this devastating disease.

The Cancer Discussion Group advances fundamental knowledge of basic, translational, clinical, and diagnostic aspects in the field, with the goal of surfacing breakthroughs in cancer prevention, diagnosis, care, and cure.


Sonya Dougal, PhD

Craig B. Thompson, MD, President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Craig B. Thompson, MD, President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

"I recently had the privilege of participating in a daylong seminar at the New York Academy of Sciences with leaders in the field of cancer cell metabolism. The conference underscored for me the indispensable role the Academy plays in scientific scholarship. Academy-sponsored conferences and symposia that bring together the finest minds from all areas of science allow interactions with colleagues beyond the walls of one’s own institution, foster new collaborative relationships, and provide global forums for the free exchange of ideas vital to the advancement of scientific research and discovery."

Steering Committee Members

The Cancer Discussion Group Steering Committee, composed of multi-sector and multi-institutional scientists from the Academy’s network, provides thought leadership on key issues relevant to addressing cancer through basic, translational, and clinical research, education, and new advances in patient care.
Joan Massagué, PhD
Joan Massagué, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute
Michael A. White, PhD
Michael A. White, PhD


George Zavoico, PhD

Cue Biopharma