Scholar Retreat

October 10th - 13th, 2019

Chaired By

 Chad Pecot, MD, University of North Carolina

Important Dates

 08/10/2019 - Travel Form )
 09/10/2019 - Abstracts )

Venue Information

Geneva National Resort
1221 Geneva National Avenue, South
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Travel Agent Information

 Meeting #: Refer to your packet.
 Hours: 8:00am – 8:00 pm EST M-F
 Domestic: 669-210-8002
 International : 623-516-6140

About the Forbeck Foundation

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Program Description

Each year, 16 Forbeck Scholars are invited to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a scientific gathering. Here, 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, 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.

Participant Information

Participant Institution
Andrew James Aguirre, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Esra Akbay, PhD UT Southwestern
Uri Ben-David, PhD Broad Institute at MIT
Kristopher Bosse, MD The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Donita Brady, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Vivian Y. Chang, MD University of California Los Angeles
W. Clay Gustafson, MD University of California San Francisco
Lilian Kabeche, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
Junne Kamihara, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Annette Kunkele, MD Charite - University Hospital Berlin
Mia Levine, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Shannon Maude, MD, PhD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza, PhD International Laboratory for Human Genome Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Stefano Santaguida, PhD University of Milan
Jason Sheltzer, PhD Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Mara Sherman, PhD Oregon Health & Science University
Stefani Spranger, PhD Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
Alison Taylor, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Neil Umbreit, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Airport Information

Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is the preferred airport as it is only 45 minutes from the meeting location.

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM and 12 PM

Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD) is 1 1/2 hours from the meeting location without traffic. The Foundation can only accommodate 1 pick up per day at O'Hare. If you absolutely must fly into O'Hare (ie: International Flights) the Foundation will have the following pick up times at O'Hare:

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 3 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM

Any other arrival times at Chicago's O'Hare airport must be arranged and paid for by the individual. You are welcome to arrive on Wednesday.


The abstracts should be only one or two paragraphs outlining the theme of your presentation and should reflect the objective and spirit of the meeting (see above). Abstracts will be circulated about one week before the meeting. The meeting organizer will start requesting them a month before the meeting.

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