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 each of the cancer centers that will host PAMN’s subsequent annual conferences. The Steering Committee also will include PAMN’s immediate past chair and a liaison from the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Communications, each of whom will serve as a nonvoting member. 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 representatives of the cancer centers that will host the subsequent conferences, 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 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

We welcome any cancer center that is designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or is a member of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI). If your cancer center isn’t listed below, email us at publicaffairsnetwork@gmail.com about becoming a member.

Abramson Cancer Center – Penn Medicine
Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center – Nebraska Medicine

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center – Case Western Reserve University
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center – University of California, Irvine
City of Hope
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Duke Cancer Institute
Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center – Baylor College of Medicine
Albert Einstein Cancer Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center – University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Hollings Cancer Center – Medical University of South Carolina
Huntsman Cancer Institute – University of Utah Health
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center – Columbia University
The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute – Wayne State University
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Thomas Jefferson University
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center – Johns Hopkins Medicine
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Markey Cancer Center – UK HealthCare
Masonic Cancer Center – University of Minnesota
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Mays Cancer Center – UT Health San Antonio
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center
Moores Cancer Center – UC San Diego Health
Norris Cotton Cancer Center – Dartmouth-Hitchcock
NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute
O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Salk Cancer Center
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center – UT Southwestern
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
Stanford Cancer Institute – Stanford Medicine
Stephenson Cancer Center – The University of Oklahoma
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center – UC Davis Health
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
UVA Cancer Center – University of Virginia
The University of Arizona Arizona Center
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Colorado Cancer Center – CU Denver
University of Hawaii Cancer Center
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
The University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
VCU Massey Cancer Center
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center
Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University
The Wistar Institute
Yale Cancer Center

Current Committees

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As a PAMN member institution, your employees benefit from an extensive network of communications and marketing professionals employed at academic cancer centers.

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As a PAMN member institution, your employees benefit from an extensive network of communications and marketing professionals employed at academic cancer centers.

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