Our Mission

The Public Affairs and Marketing Network (PAMN) is a cooperative venture of academically based comprehensive, clinical, basic and consortium cancer centers as designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or that are members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) The Network works in close association with the NCI’s Office of Media Relations and Public Affairs to further public awareness of cancer research, prevention, detection and treatment. The Network was established to share information and resources among the communications and marketing professionals at cancer centers to enhance understanding of the nation’s cancer research effort; and to collectively address critical issues of common concern.



Network membership and annual meeting attendance are open to communications and marketing professionals from NCI-designated cancer centers and AACI member centers. Professionals seeking PAMN membership who do not meet these criteria must be approved for membership by the PAMN steering committee. Every PAMN member will have a vote in elections or other Network business brought to the membership by the Steering Committee

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will consist of a minimum of 10 representatives with an upper limit to be determined annually by the Steering Committee. One representative will be from the cancer center that will host PAMN’s next annual conference. The Steering Committee also will include a liaison from the NCI’s Office of Communications. Two people from the same organization can be voting members of the steering committee, with the stipulation that one person is the Treasurer. The Steering Committee should maintain an “odd” number of committee members for voting purposes.

Except for the representative of the cancer center that will host the next annual conference, members of the Steering Committee will be elected to two-year terms by a majority vote of all Network members. If for any reason committee membership drops to fewer than six, the Steering Committee will add at least two members for an interim term until the next annual meeting. Steering Committee terms of office will be staggered for the purposes of continuity. The outgoing chair may serve two years on the Steering Committee after his/her term of office.

Officers will be elected annually by the Steering Committee following the general election.
A chair will be elected to a two-year term. The incoming chair will recommend a vice chair to be voted on by the Steering Committee. The vice chair serves a two-year term.

Steering Committee Responsibilities

The Steering Committee will meet two or more times a year in addition to the annual meeting to accomplish Network business. Steering Committee members must attend the annual meeting and at least one other meeting to retain their Steering Committee membership.

Other responsibilities may include keeping Network members apprised of new developments and programs and working on special projects and initiatives.


The Steering Committee will appoint additional individuals, in addition to its members, to a planning subcommittee for the purpose of organizing the annual conference including programming and sponsorships.

Members of the planning subcommittee will participate in Steering Committee conference calls and meetings and be included in Network discussions but only Steering Committee members may vote on policy decisions or other business not directly related to the annual conference. Subcommittee members will include but not be limited to previous, current and future conference hosts. Subcommittee members may represent institutions already represented on the Steering Committee.

Subcommittee members may include individuals outside the Network, if recommended by a Steering Committee member.

Subcommittees of the Public Affairs and Marketing Network are open to all members. Each subcommittee is led by one or more steering committee members. In addition to the following subcommittees, the steering committee plans the annual meeting each year at the host location. We welcome input and assistance from general members in planning the annual meeting by suggesting session topics, workshops and speakers. If you or someone you know is interested in joining a subcommittee, please email publicaffairsnetwork@gmail.com.


Member Institutions

Abramson Cancer Center – University of Pennsylvania
Arizona Cancer Center – University of Arizona
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Cancer Research Center of Hawaii – University of Hawaii at Manoa
Cancer Therapy & Research Center – University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center – Case Western Reserve University
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center – University of California at Irvine
City of Hope National Medical Center – Beckman Research Institute
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Duke Cancer Institute
Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center – Baylor College of Medicine
Albert Einstein Cancer Research Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Greenebaum Cancer Center – University of Maryland
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center – The University of Iowa
Hollings Cancer Center – Medical University of South Carolina
Huntsman Cancer Institute – University of Utah
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center – Columbia University
The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center – University of California Los Angeles
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute – Wayne State University School of Medicine
Kimmel Cancer Center – Thomas Jefferson University
David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center – Northwestern University
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – University of Texas
Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota
Massey Cancer Center – Virginia Commonwealth University
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center
Moores Cancer Center University of California, San Diego
Norris Cotton Cancer Center – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center
Comprehensive Cancer Center – The Ohio State University
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute – Oregon Health & Science University
Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Salk Institute Cancer Center
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Siteman Cancer Center – Washington University School of Medicine
Stanford Cancer Center – Stanford University
Stephenson Cancer Center – University of Oklahoma
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center – University of Alabama at Birmingham
UC Davis Cancer Center – University of California, Davis
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Colorado Cancer Center
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Nebraska Medicine Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
University of Southern California – Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
UVA Cancer Center – University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin – Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center
Winship Cancer Institute – Emory University
The Wistar Institute
Yale Cancer Center

Current Committees

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