Mission Statement

The mission of the Boston Cancer Research Association (BCRA) is to promote interactions among cancer researchers in the greater Boston area, through monthly meetings, including:

  • Seminar/Discussion Sessions
  • The Ruth Sager Memorial Symposum
  • The Apffel Memorial Lecture


From small beginnings in 1962, the Boston Cancer Research Association (BCRA) was founded officially in 1971 with the primary objective of bringing exciting advances in cancer research to the notice of the Boston scientific research community. Right from the start, its secondary objective was to provide a warm social atmospere at its meetings, in order to make it easier for local cancer researchers to form friendships and initiate collaborations. BCRA became tax exempt in 1992. On March 20th, 1997, the BCRA became the Boston Section of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).