The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have elected Carlos L. Arteaga, MD, as their President-elect for 2013-2014. Dr. Arteaga is Professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he holds the Donna S. Hall Chair in Breast Cancer Research. He also serves as Associate Director for Clinical Research and Director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
In his new role, Dr. Arteaga will work collaboratively with the AACR Board of Directors and the 34,000-plus membership to further the AACR’s mission to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication and collaboration. He will assume the AACR presidency in April 2014.
“I am very grateful to the AACR and its members for this honor and opportunity,” said Dr. Arteaga. “I look forward to working with the association and meaningfully contributing to its leadership role and progress in the fight against cancer in these difficult but also exciting times.”
“Dr. Arteaga’s contributions to breast cancer research have had a major impact on the lives of breast cancer patients,” said Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer of the AACR. “We are thrilled that an esteemed expert in translational and clinical research has been elected to serve as the next AACR President-elect. Dr. Arteaga shares in the AACR’s mission to prevent and cure cancer, and we know that he will lead the association with much vigor and commitment to ensure that we continue to accelerate progress against this insidious disease.”
Dr. Arteaga’s research interests include oncogene signaling and molecular therapeutics in breast cancer with an emphasis on targeted therapies, mechanisms of drug resistance, translational research and investigator-initiated clinical trials. He has received many honors and awards, including the AACR-Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award. Dr. Arteaga received his medical degree in 1980 from the Facultad de Ciencias Médicas at the Universidad de Guayaquil in Ecuador. Following internal medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Arteaga completed a fellowship in medical oncology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 1989. ■