Annual Scientific Retreat

Four Annual Retreat attendees in a line, smiling

The below is a message from Director Stan Gerson, MD.

What a terrific Annual Scientific Retreat we had this year! Congratulations to all who presented, participated and especially to the organizing committee led by Kishore Guda and Jennifer Yu.

The feedback from the TED Talks was almost as enthusiastic as the TED talks themselves. The content was refreshing, the messages were stimulating and the lasting impressions, inspiring. I encourage all of you to keep information flow transformation and HoloLens, leadership skill training, and implementation of effective improvements in wellbeing and patient care top of mind. Recordings of the talks are now available. We will solicit next year's speakers before you know it, so keep those great ideas coming!

The Scientific Retreat on Friday was buzzing all day, with a wonderful talk from Anil Rustgi, newly appointed director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center on the genetics and progression of pancreatic cancer. Individual presentations covered the full spectrum of our cancer center. Most importantly, attendance at the program breakout sessions were both well attended and very productive with many new ideas for collaborative grants and pilot awards as well as discussion of needed technology. You have given the cancer center much to work on and much in invest in (your good ideas, not ours!).

We are distributing all of the minutes from the breakout sessions to program leaders. If you have a lingering thought, send it along to either the program leaders or me and we will act on them!

Have a great rest of the summer, but remember those next NIH grant deadlines and opportunities to begin a novel clinical investigation!