Annual Scientific Retreat Call for Abstracts

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is hosting its Annual Scientific Retreat July 22-23, 2021. July 22 will feature TED talks from prominent leaders from each of our partner institutions and an update from Cancer Center Director Stan Gerson, MD. July 23 will include a keynote presentation from Zihai Li, MD, PhD founding director of the Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology and the Klotz Chair in Cancer Research at The Ohio State University. 

The retreat is open to members of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Students, post-docs, and fellows may only attend if they present a poster.

All students, postdocs and fellows conducting cancer research are invited to submit abstracts for two opportunities to present their research during the retreat: 1) poster presentation and 2) oral presentation. Cancer Center leadership will review abstracts based on the relationship to cancer, novelty, significance of findings and clarity.

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, May 21 at 5pm. Please be sure to register for the retreat and sign up for Trainee Associate Membership.

Please contact Mary Wright at with any questions.

Abstract Format

  • 1-page Microsoft Word document
  • File naming convention: LastName_FirstName_AbstractTitle
  • 300 words maximum (excluding title, authors and institutions)
  • 11-point Arial font
  • Margins: 1 inch
  • Abstract title: bold and centered
  • All authors and affiliations
  • First and corresponding authors’ email addresses
  • Avoid special characters
  • Exclude references, drawings and graphs
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to modify the abstract for uniformity.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed for content only.
  • All abstracts that follow guidelines will be accepted. 

NOTE: Abstract submissions will be used to identify additional speakers for the retreat. At the time of abstract submission, please indicate if you would like to be considered for a talk and panel discussion at the retreat. The selection of speakers for the retreat is based only on the submitted abstract. 

Abstract submission is now closed.

Poster Submission

  • All who submit an abstract are required to submit a poster.
  • Deadline for poster submission is Friday, June 4.  
  • Posters must be submitted by deadline to provide time for selection of speakers from the submitted posters and for the speakers to prepare and record their talks.

Poster Session Format

  • At the retreat, the poster session will be a virtual breakout session that will involve real-time questions and answers similar to what would occur in an in-person session. 
  • You will need to be present for your entire poster session. 

Oral Presenters

  • Submitted posters will be reviewed by the planning committee and selected to give a 20-minute talk and participate in a panel Q&A. 
  • If you are selected to present a talk during the retreat, you do not need to present your poster in real-time at the poster session unless you wish to do so.