CCRTD to Participate In Discussions and Seminars at American Association for Cancer Research Conference


ATLANTA, GA -- March 28, 2019 – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) announced that leadership from the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) will participate in the upcoming premier national cancer research conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is holding its Annual Meeting in Atlanta, March 29 - April 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center, with numerous affiliated and featured events & activities.

  • The AACR will present "Progress and Promise Against Cancer", a free community event held at Morehouse School of Medicine, National Center for Primary Care Auditorium, Saturday, March 30, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Dr. Shafiq A. Khan, an active member of the association for decades and director, CCRTD,  will join fellow experts to converse and discuss perspectives about cancer health disparities that can have impact on cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Local patient advocates will also share their inspirational stories. In addition to his role at the symposium, Dr. Khan’s department (CCRTD) is well represented by additional researchers from the cancer center who will be participating in other related AACR events such as:

  • The AACR Special Program for High School Students: “The Conquest of Cancer and the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers,” will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Regency VI & VII of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, GA as part of the AACR Annual Meeting 2019.  Drs. Nathan Bowen, Kimberly Davis and Valerie Odero-Marah, CCRTD, will participate as mentors for high school students.
  • Participating in the 14th Annual Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition as judges will be Drs. Nathan Bowen and Valerie Odero-Marah. The competition will take place on

              Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni Hotel at CNN           .             Center Atlanta.

  • An additional highlight will be the AACR Awards Reception and Dinner honoring minority and minority-serving institution faculty scholars in cancer research. Odero-Marah as a past awardee, and will be one of the featured speakers. The event will be held March 31st, 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Regency V-VI ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA.  


About the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD)

The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark Atlanta University was established in 1999 out of the strengths of the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. CCRTD is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program; the National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD); National Cancer Institute (NCI); Department of Defense (DoD); and Georgia Research Alliance.


About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. Visit to learn more about Clark Atlanta University.