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Scholar Retreat

October 14–17, 2021

Chaired By

 Stephen J. Chanock, MD, National Cancer Institute

Important Dates

 08/14/2021 -  Travel Form Due
 09/14/2021 -  Abstracts Due

Venue Information

The Abbey Resort
269 Fontana Blvd
Fontana, WI 53125


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

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Program 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 new ideas that come from this meeting have been numerous and outstanding. The mentors provide great guidance regarding science and career for these junior scientists.

Forum Participants

Participant Institution
Andrew Aguirre, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Laura Banaszynski, PhD UT Southwestern Medical Center
Floris Barthel, MD The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Uri Ben-David, PhD Tel Aviv University
Issam Ben-Sahra Northwestern University
Shruti Bhatt, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Kristopher Bosse, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Donita Brady, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Danfeng Cai, PhD HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Vivian Chang, MD Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Stephen J. Chanock, MD National Cancer Institute
Brooke Emerling, PhD Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Jessica Foster, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Clay Gustafson, MD University of California San Francisco
Takahiro Ito, PhD Broad Institute
Lilian Kabeche, PhD Yale University Cancer Biology Institute
Susan Kaech, PhD Salk Institute
Junne Kamihara, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Cassie Kline, MD, MAS University of Pennsylvania
Mia Levine, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Peter Ly, PhD UT Southwestern Medical Center
Mitchell Machiela, ScD, MPH National Cancer Institute
Marta Markiewicz-Potoczny, PhD National Institutes of Health
Nneka Mbah, PhD University of Michigan
Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza, PhD Intl. Lab for Human Genome Research, U. of Mexico
Stefano Santaguida, PhD University of Milan and European Institute of Oncology
Jay Sarthy, MD, PhD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Jason Sheltzer, PhD Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Mara Sherman, PhD Oregon Health & Science University
Danielle Shin, MD, PhD Stanford University
Enzo Tedone, PhD UT Southwestern
Zuzana Tothova, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Neil Umbreit, PhD Astrazeneca
Peter van Galen, PhD Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD University of Minnesota
Elma Zaganjor, PhD Harvard Medical School
Tianpeng Zhang, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Mark Zimmerman, 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.

Submit Travel Form


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.

Submit Abstract

For more than 30 years, the Forbeck Foundation has proven to be an excellent steward of donor funds and has remained focused on executing its mission. Interested in sponsoring this Forum? Contact us today for more information!