Annual Scientific Retreat

Please join us for the virtual 2020 Annual Scientific Retreat for members and trainees! As you may know, this is one of the few times a year our entire center is able to enjoy the company of one another and collaborate.  Although we will not be congregating in-person this year, we understand that we must do everything we can to keep our cancer center community safe and healthy and are looking forward to seeing everyone online.

Thursday, July 23

The retreat will begin at 12:00 pm on Thursday, July 23 with a cancer center update from Director Stan Gerson, MD, followed by TED-style talks from prominent Cleveland researchers and advocates. 

All are welcome to attend Thursday's session, though registration is required to receive virtual access. 

TED-style Talk Speakers

Portrait of Jill Barnholtz-Sloan in blue dress and black blazer

Jill Barnholtz Sloan, PhD
Associate Director for Data Sciences, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
"GO TEAM! How Team Science Creates Scientific Impact"

Portrait of Dr. Edward Barksdale in a navy suit jacket with red tie, smiling

Edward Barksdale, MD
Vice Chairman, Department of Pediatric Surgery,
University Hospitals
"Antifragility: Beyond Resilience"

Portrait of Eileen Saffran wearing white blouse and scarf smiling into camera

Eileen Saffran, LISW-S
Founder and CEO, MTN Strategies
Founder & Strategic Advisor, The Gathering Place
"What is your why?"

Friday, July 24

Portrait of Timothy Rebbeck, a man with glasses smiling into camera and wearing a gold plaid suit and tie

Our member and trainee session on Friday, July 24 will begin at noon with a keynote presentation from Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, the Vincent L. Gregory, Jr. Professor of Cancer Prevention at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Rebbeck is founding director of the Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and leads the Cancer Outreach and Engagement activities for the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center.

Dr. Rebbeck will present, "Confronting Cancer Health Disparities: From Cells to Society."

Following a short break, members will then gather in Zoom breakout sessions for their assigned research programs for discussion of initiatives, collaborations and cancer center support of projects through pilots and shared resources.

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Retreat registration is now open. Questions? Please contact Mary Wright at
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