Scholar Retreat

October 1st - 4th, 2020

Chaired By

 Stephen J. Chanock, MD, National Cancer Institute

Important Dates

 08/01/2020 - Travel Form )
 09/01/2020 - Abstracts )

Venue Information

Lakewood WWV Camp
W1773 N Bloomfield Rd
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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.

  • Leveraging Synthetic Lethality
  • Cellular Reprogramming and Metastatic Disease
  • Graft vs Host Disease
  • Uncovering New Mechanisms of LKB1-mediated Tumor Suppression
  • 3D Chromosomal Architecture
  • Cancer Predisposition
  • Chromosomal Instability/ Aneuploidy

Participant Information

Participant Institution
Andrew James Aguirre, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Uri Ben-David, PhD Tel Aviv University
Melinda Biernacki, MD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Kristopher Bosse, MD The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Donita Brady, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Danfeng Cai, PhD HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Vivian Y. Chang, MD University of California Los Angeles
Brooke Emerling, PhD Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
W. Clay Gustafson, MD University of California San Francisco
Lilian Kabeche, PhD Yale University Cancer Biology Institute
Junne Kamihara, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Tae Kon Kim Vanderbilt University
Mia Levine, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Peter Ly, PhD UT Southwestern Medical Center
Elena Piskounova, PhD Weill Cornell Medicine
Armin Rashidi, MD, PhD University of Minnesota
Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza, PhD Intl. Lab for Human Genome Research, U. of Mexico
Jatin Roper, MD Duke University
Stefano Santaguida, PhD University of Milan
Jason Sheltzer, PhD Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Mara Sherman, PhD Oregon Health & Science University
Sharanya Sivanand, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Neil Umbreit, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD University of Minnesota
Vajira Weerasekara, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
Kathleen T. Xie, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Mark W. 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.


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.

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