Annual Scientific Retreat

The 2021 Annual Scientific Retreat for members and trainees is scheduled for July 22-23, 2021! 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. This year's retreat will again be virtual due to university gathering restrictions and will feature an expanded agenda that mirrors our prior in-person retreats, highlighting research across each of our scientific programs.

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TED-style Talk Speakers

Thursday, July 22, we will host TED talks from prominent leaders from each of our partner institutions and hear an update from Cancer Center Director Stan Gerson, MD. All are welcome to attend these talks, though registration will be required to receive virtual access.

Portrait of Diana Bilimoria

Diana Bilimoria, PhD
KeyBank Professor and Professor and Chair, Department of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Portrait of Daniel Spratt

Daniel E. Spratt, MD
Vincent K. Smith Chair in Radiation Oncology, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (effective May 1, 2021)

Portrait of Serpil Erzurum

Serpil Erzurum, MD
Chief Research & Academic Officer, Cleveland Clinic


Portrait of Zihai Li

We are looking forward to a keynote presentation from Zihai Li, MD, PhD on Friday, July 23. Dr. Li is the founding director of the Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology and the Klotz Chair in Cancer Research at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Li is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of gp96 biology with a number of contributions, such as the discovery of its ATPase activity, peptide-binding properties and client-binding domain. His current research interests focus on developing better immunotherapeutics against cancer by reprogramming the tolerogenic tumor microenvironment, including regulatory T-cells, thrombocytes and unfolded protein response.


Register today

Additional details will be posted in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center weekly newsletter and distributed via email to members closer to the retreat. Questions? Please contact Mary Wright at