Scholar Retreat

April 16th - 19th, 2020

Chaired By

 Oren Becher, MD, Northwestern University

Important Dates

 02/16/2020 - Travel Form )
 03/16/2020 - Abstracts )

Venue Information

Geneva National Resort
1221 Geneva National Avenue, South
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Travel Agent Information

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 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.

This retreat will include scholars from the following past Forbeck Forums:
  • 3D Chromosomal Architecture
  • DIPG Consensus Meeting
  • Telomeres, Senescence and Telomerase
  • Leukemia stem cells, heterogeneity, and metabolism - new directions for AML therapy
  • Cancer and Aging

Participant Information

Participant Institution
Laura Banaszynski, PhD UT Southwestern Medical Center
Floris Barthel, MD The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Oren Becher, MD Northwestern University
Issam Ben-Sahra Northwestern University
Shruti Bhatt, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Jessica Foster, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Clay Gustafson, MD University of California San Francisco
Takahiro Ito, PhD Broad Institute
Jan Karlseder, PhD Salk Institute
Cassie Kline, MD, MAS University of California San Francisco
Mitchell Machiela, ScD, MPH National Cancer Institute
Marta Markiewicz-Potoczny, PhD National Institutes of Health
Nneka Mbah, PhD University of Michigan
Jay F. Sarthy, MD, PhD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Danielle Shin, MD, PhD Stanford University
Jane Skok, PhD NYU Langone Health
Zuzana Tothova, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Peter van Galen, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute of MIT
Kathleen T. Xie, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Elma Zaganjor, PhD Harvard Medical School
Tianpeng Zhang, PhD University of Pennsylvania

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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