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Fall Scholar Retreat

October 14–17, 2021

Chaired By

 Lucy A. Godley, MD, PhD of UChicago Medicine

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

Andrew Aguirre, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Laura Banaszynski, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
 Forbeck Scholar

Floris Barthel, MD
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
 Forbeck Scholar

Uri Ben-David, PhD
Tel Aviv University
 Forbeck Scholar

Issam Ben-Sahra
Northwestern University
 Forbeck Scholar

Shruti Bhatt, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Kristopher Bosse, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 Forbeck Scholar

Donita Brady, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
 Forbeck Scholar

Danfeng Cai, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
 Forbeck Scholar

Vivian Chang, MD
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
 Forbeck Scholar

Brooke Emerling, PhD
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Jessica Foster, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 Forbeck Scholar

Lucy A. Godley, MD, PhD
UChicago Medicine
 Retreat Mentor

W. Clay Gustafson, MD
University of California San Francisco
 Forbeck Scholar

Takahiro Ito, PhD
Broad Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Lilian Kabeche, PhD
Yale University Cancer Biology Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Junne Kamihara, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Cassie Kline, MD, MAS
University of Pennsylvania
 Forbeck Scholar

Mia Levine, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
 Forbeck Scholar

Peter Ly, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
 Forbeck Scholar

Mitchell Machiela, ScD, MPH
National Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Marta Markiewicz-Potoczny, PhD
National Institutes of Health
 Forbeck Scholar

Nneka Mbah, PhD
University of Michigan
 Forbeck Scholar

Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza, PhD
Intl. Lab for Human Genome Research, U. of Mexico
 Forbeck Scholar

Stefano Santaguida, PhD
University of Milan and European Institute of Oncology
 Forbeck Scholar

Jay Sarthy, MD, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
 Forbeck Scholar

Jason Sheltzer, PhD
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
 Forbeck Scholar

Mara Sherman, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
 Forbeck Scholar

Danielle Shin, MD, PhD
Stanford University
 Forbeck Scholar

Enzo Tedone, PhD
UT Southwestern
 Forbeck Scholar

Zuzana Tothova, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar

Neil Umbreit, PhD
Astrazeneca
 Forbeck Scholar

Peter van Galen, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
 Forbeck Scholar

Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
 Forbeck Scholar

Elma Zaganjor, PhD
Harvard Medical School
 Forbeck Scholar

Tianpeng Zhang, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
 Forbeck Scholar

Mark Zimmerman, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 Forbeck Scholar