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Scholar Retreat

October 13–16, 2016

Chaired By

 Kristina Cole, MD, PhD of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Meeting Description

The Scholar Retreat held annually, invites scholars and mentors to attend a 3-day meeting. This meeting focuses on bringing junior scientists together from various areas of cancer research. The collaborations and innovative ideas that come from this meeting have been numerous and outstanding. The mentors provide great guidance regarding science and career for these junior scientists.

At the Retreat, the Scholars share their research with the other Scholars and Mentors. Each Scholar will participate in four sequential retreats, with all expenses paid by WGFRF. The opportunity for Scholars to connect and form relationships with researchers from completely different areas of cancer research and to have a sort of peer review is one of the most valuable roles of the Retreat. Through the Mentors, the Retreat offers Scholars guidance on practical career issues such as writing grants and preparing successful scientific publications.

Each year, the Scholar Retreat coincides with the Foundation’s annual ‘Blue Jean Ball’ fundraiser. All Scholars attend this event, providing them an opportunity to meet with families whose lives have been directly affected by cancer. This experience resonates particularly with scientists who, unlike clinicians, do not have contact with patients, by putting a human face on cancer.

Meeting Summary
Forum summary not available at this time.
Forum Participants

Esra Akbay, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Maria-Francis Artega
King's College London
 Forbeck Scholar

Kristina Cole, MD, PhD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 Retreat Mentor

Ralph DeBerardinis, MD, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
 Retreat Mentor

Jeffrey Engelman, MD, PhD
"Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc."
 Retreat Mentor

Mohit Jain, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School
 Forbeck Scholar

Cory M. Johannessen, PhD
Broad Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Rosandra Kaplan, MD
National Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Annette Kunkele, MD
University Hospital Berlin
 Forbeck Scholar

Julie-Aurore Losman, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Shannon Maude, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 Forbeck Scholar

Chad Pecot, MD
University of North Carolina
 Forbeck Scholar

Daniel Powell, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
 Retreat Mentor

Kristopher A. Sarosiek, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Mario Shields, PhD
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
 Forbeck Scholar

Stefani Spranger, PhD
University of Chicago
 Forbeck Scholar

Louise van der Weyden, PhD
Wellcome Sanger Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Kathryn E. Wellen, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
 Forbeck Scholar

Kris Cameron Wood, PhD
Duke University
 Forbeck Scholar

Hao Zu, MD
Harvard Medical School
 Forbeck Scholar