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Conferences and Professional Organizations

National Cancer Institute

THe National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. They are part of the National Institure of Health (NIH) and comprised of a team of almost 4,000 professionals. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

National Institute of Health

THe National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's medical research agency - making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. The National Institutes of Health is made up of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers. Each has its own specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. All but three of these components receive their funding directly from Congress, and administrate their own budgets. NIH Leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency's research planning , activities, and outlook.

American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members.


American Psychosocial Oncology Society

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) networks professionals from all disciplines working in psychosocial oncology: nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, clergy, and psychiatrists. APOS seeks to advance the science and practice of psychosocial care for people affected by cancer.


American Society of Clinical Oncology 

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. It publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology, an authoritative peer-reviewed resource for disseminating significant clinical cancer research. The ASCO Annual Meeting, one of the largest educational and scientific events in the oncology community, provides a venue for physicians and scientists to present their research to a global audience of oncology professionals. 

Association of Oncology Social Work 

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is a non-profit international organization dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer, their families, and caregivers. It is the world's largest professional organization entirely dedicated to the psychosocial care of people affected by cancer.


Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance 

Critical Mass is a community-powered advocacy organization on a mission to transform the care and treatment of young adults with cancer. It seeks to clarify and quantify the barriers facing young adults with cancer and develop strategies to overcome them.


Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the largest and oldest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. It fosters collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, and behavioral and social scientists in order to promote healthy aging.


International Psycho-Oncology Society 

The International Psycho-Oncology Society fosters international multidisciplinary communication about clinical, educational, and research issues that relate to the subspecialty of psycho-oncology and two primary psychosocial dimensions of cancer: 1) Response of patients, families, staff to cancer and its treatment at all stages; 2) Psychological, social, and behavioral factors that influence tumor progression and survival. 


Society of Behavioral Medicine

The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary, non-profit organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and then applying that knowledge to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations. 

Contact Information

Center for Research on End-of-Life Care Weill Cornell Medical College 525 E 68th St, Box 39, 1414 Baker Pavilion New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-4409