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Forbeck Foundation Scholar Award


The Foundation annually selects junior clinical or post-doctoral fellows to be Forbeck Scholars. Scholars apply to a specific Forbeck Forum. They need to have a very high level of scientific achievement as well as relevance to the topic. Awardees attend the Forum they applied to and then the Scholar Retreat for the following three years. During the Forum, recipients of the award have an unrivaled opportunity to interact with international experts in a particular field of cancer research. The Scholar Retreat, which they attend for the subsequent three years, gives them further opportunities to interact with their peers from different fields of cancer research and meet with international experts to discuss their work. Existing awardees have found these interactions invaluable in developing collaborations as well as opening up a variety of career opportunities.

Awardees are selected by a group of past Forbeck Scholars. Scholars selected for Fall meetings will attend a spring Retreat and scholars selected for Spring meetings will attend the fall Scholar Retreat. During these four years, the Foundation will pay all for travel, meals and accommodations to these meetings. All Forbeck meetings, include the Retreats, allow a maximum of 5 slides. Scholar presentation during the retreat may be more of a chalk talk. Mentors present on a mix of science and career.

Other benefits of being a Forbeck Scholar are being able to attend any other Forbeck Forums they are interested. There may be limits on the number of Scholars allowed at a certain meeting or a cap on number of meetings one can attend if this becomes an issue. Forbeck Scholars may also apply to chair a Forbeck Forum on the topic of their choosing.

2021 Fall Awardees


Past Award Winners

Year Scholar Institution
1989 Stephen Chanock, MD National Cancer Institute
1990 Robert Saylors, MD Arkansas Children's Hospital
1991 David Fisher, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
1992 Gregory Plautz, MD Cleveland Clinic
1993 Daniel Wechsler, MD, PhD Emory University
1994 Elizabeth Yang, MD, PhD Children's National
1995 Robin Hanson, MD, PhD Mercy Clinic
1996 Rachel Altura, MD Rhode Island Hospital
1996 Julie Park, MD Seattle Children's Hospital
1997 Fotis Asimakopoulos University of Wisconsin
1997 David Crawford, MD, PhD Oklahoma University
1998 Scott Dessain, MD, PhD Lankenau Institute for Medical Research
1998 Chenggang Li, PhD Harvard Medical School
1999 Hanno Hock, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
1999 Owen A. O'Connor, MD, PhD Columbia University
2000 Philip Beckhove, MD, PhD National Center for Biotechnology Information
2000 Francesco Galimi, MD, PhD University of Sassari Medical
2000 Catherine Ju-Ying Wu, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2001 David Tuveson, MD, PhD Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2002 Alison Bertuch, MD, PhD Baylor College of Medicine
2002 Jan Karlseder, PhD The Salk Institute
2002 Masashi Narita, MD, PhD UK Cambridge Institute
2003 James Amatruda, MD, PhD University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
2003 Christopher Bakkenist, PhD University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
2003 Elsa Flores, PhD MD Anderson Cancer Center
2003 Norman Sharpless, MD University of North Carolina
2004 Edward Attiyeh, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2004 Nabeel Bardeesy, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
2004 Anthony Letai, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2004 Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD Vanderbilt University
2005 Kimberly Kelly, PhD University of Virginia
2005 Ingo K. Mellinghoff, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
2005 Michael Safran, PhD Sheba Cancer Research Center
2005 Benjamin B. Williams, PhD Darmouth Medical School
2006 Carla F. Bender Kim, PhD Children’s Hospital Boston
2006 Benjamin L. Ebert, MD, PhD Harvard Cancer Center
2006 Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD Moores UCSD Cancer Center
2006 Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD Stanford School of Medicine
2007 Kristina Cole, MD, PhD Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2007 Jun Lu, PhD Yale University
2007 Carl Novina, MD, PhD Harvard University
2007 Andrea Ventura, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
2008 Joshua Brody, MD Mount Sinai Hospital
2008 Russell Jones, PhD McGill University
2008 Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD Duke University
2008 Lili Yang, PhD University of California Los Angeles
2009 Oliver Ayrault, PhD Institute Curie
2009 Oren Becher, MD Duke University
2009 Clark C. Chen, MD, PhD University of California San Diego
2009 Chang-Hyuk Kwon, PhD Ohio State University Medical Center
2010 Benjamin P. Berman, PhD USC Epigenome Center
2010 Derek Y. Chiang, PhD Novartis
2010 Sharon J. Diskin, PhD Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2010 Chris Putnam, PhD Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
2011 Grant Challen, PhD Washington University
2011 Gary Hon, PhD University of California San Diego
2011 Alvaro Rada-Iglesias, PhD Stanford University
2011 Chris Vakoc, MD, PhD Cold Spring Harbor
2012 Mohit Jain, MD, PhD Harvard Medical School
2012 Julie-Aurore Losman, MD, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2012 Kathryn E. Wellen, PhD University of Pennsylvania
2012 Hao Zu, MD Harvard Medical School
2013 Maria-Francis Artega, King’s College London
2013 Cory M. Johannessen, PhD The Broad Institute
2013 Kristopher A. Sarosiek, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2013 Kris Cameron Wood, PhD Duke University
2014 Rosandra Kaplan, MD National Cancer Institute
2014 Chad Pecot, MD University of North Carolina
2014 Mario Shields, PhD Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2014 Louise van der Weyden, PhD Sanger Institute
2015 Esra Akbay, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2015 Annette Kunkele, MD University Hospital Berlin
2015 Shannon Maude, MD Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2015 Stefani Spranger, PhD University of Chicago
2016 Uri Ben-David, PhD Broad Institute
2016 Lilian Kabeche, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
2016 Mia Levine, PhD University of Pennsylvania
2016 Stefano Santaguida, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2016 Jason Sheltzer, PhD Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2016 Neil Umbreit, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2017 Andrew Aguirre, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2017 Donita Brady, PhD University of Pennsylvania
2017 W. Clay Gustafson, MD, PhD University of California San Francisco
2017 Mara Sherman, PhD Oregon Health & Sciences University
2018 Kristopher Bosse, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2018 Vivian Chang, MD UCLA
2018 Junne Kamihara, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2018 Daniela Robles-Espinoza, PhD National University of Mexico
2019 Danfeng Cai, PhD National Institute of Health
2019 Peter Ly, PhD UT Southwestern
2019 Kathleen Xie, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2019 Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD Northwestern University
2019 Takahiro Ito, PhD Broad Institute
2019 Mitchell Machiela, ScD, MPH National Institute of Health
2019 Elma Zaganjor, PhD Harvard University
2019 Laura Banaszynski, PhD UT Southwestern
2019 Jessica Foster, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2019 Cassie Kline, MD, MAS University of California San Francisco
2019 Nneka Mbah, PhD University of Michigan
2019 Jay Sarthy, PhD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
2019 Shruti Bhatt, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2019 Danielle Shin, MD, PhD Stanford University
2019 Zuzana Tothova, MD, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2019 Peter van Galen, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
2019 Floris Barthel, MD The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
2019 Marta Potoczny, PhD National Institute of Health
2019 Enzo Tedone, PhD UT Southwestern
2019 Tianpeng Zhang, PhD University of Pennsylvania
2020 Elena Piskounova, PhD Weill Cornell Medicine
2020 Jatin Roper, MD Duke University
2020 Sharanya Sivanand, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2020 Kirsten Bryant, PhD University of North Carolina
2020 Cihangir Duy, PhD Weill Cornell Medical
2020 Peter Winter, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2020 Melinda Biernacki, MD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
2020 Tae Kon Kim Vanderbilt University
2020 Armin Rashidi, MD, PhD University of Minnesota
2020 Brooke Emerling, PhD Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
2020 Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD University of Minnesota
2020 Mark W. Zimmerman, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2020 Semir Bayez, PhD Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2020 Defne Bayik, PhD Cleveland Clinic Foundation
2020 Camille Jacqueline, PhD University of Pittsburgh
2020 Jessie Brown, PhD Columbia University
2020 Adam David Durbin, MD, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2020 Loretta Li, MD Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
2020 Vajira Weerasekara, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
2021 Elsa Bernard, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
2021 Pippa Cosper, MD, PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
2021 Elena Kuzmin, PhD McGill University
2021 Thomas Watkins, PhD University College London and the Francis Crick Institute
2021 Jeong Hyun Ahn, PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2021 Aravinthkumar Jayabalan, PhD Johns Hopkins University
2021 Hermann Schmidt, PhD Stanford University School of Medicine
2021 Carlos Mendez-Dorantes, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2021 Robert Banh, PhD New York University
2021 Ana Patricia Da Silva Gomes, PhD H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
2021 Alison Ringel, PhD Harvard Medical School
2021 Aguirre de Cubas, PhD Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2021 Charles Ishak, PhD Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network
2021 Michael Meers, PhD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
2021 Hyo Sik Jang, PhD Van Andel Institute
2021 Giulia Petroni, PhD Weill Cornell Medical College
2021 Andrew Hong, MD Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
2021 Emre Kocakavuk, MD University Hospital Essen & The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
2021 John Prensner, MD, PhD Broad Institute/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2021 Eric Gardner, PhD Weill Cornell Medicine
2021 Catherine Meador, MD Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
2021 Nitin Roper, MD National Cancer Institute
2021 Ofer Shoshani, PhD Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, UCSD
2021 Massa Shoura, PhD Stanford University School of Medicine
2021 Sihan Wu, PhD Children's Research Institute, UT Southwestern