Scholar Retreat

October 11th - 14th, 2018

Julie-Aurore Losman, MD, PhD - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Daniel Foltz, PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Doug Green, PhD, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Kay Macleod, PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Erica Lyn Stone, PhD, Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Andrew James Aguirre, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Esra Akbay, PhD, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Uri Ben-David, PhD, Broad Institute at MIT, Cambridge, MA
Donita Brady, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
W. Clay Gustafson, MD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Lilian Kabeche, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital , Chelsea, MA
Rosandra Reich Kaplan, MD, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Annette Kunkele, MD, Charite - University Hospital Berlin, Augustenburger Platz
Mia Levine, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Shannon Maude, MD PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Chad Pecot, MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Stefano Santaguida, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Cambridge, MA
Jason Sheltzer, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Mara Sherman, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Mario Shields, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Neil Umbreit, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Program Description

Each year, 16 Forbeck Scholars are invited to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a scientific gathering. Here, the Scholars share their research with the other Scholars and Mentors. Each Scholar will participate in four sequential retreats, with all expenses paid by WGFRF. The opportunity for Scholars to connect and form relationships with researchers from completely different areas of cancer research and to have a sort of peer review is one of the most valuable roles of the Retreat. Through the Mentors, the Retreat offers Scholars guidance on practical career issues such as writing grants and preparing successful scientific publications.

Each year, the Scholar Retreat coincides with the Foundation’s annual ‘Blue Jean Ball’ fundraiser. All Scholars attend this event, an opportunity to meet with families whose lives have been directly affected by cancer. This experience resonates particularly with scientists who unlike clinicians do not have contact with patients, by putting a human face on cancer.