Forbeck Forums

Forbeck Cancer Forums have fostered unique collaborations that hasten scientific advances and improved outcomes.

What is a Forbeck Forum?

At the core of our foundation’s success are the Forbeck Cancer Forums, a unique model for inspiring innovative ideas in cancer therapy that fosters informal, open discussions between leading oncology experts from diverse locations and backgrounds.

Today, the Forums are recognized as hubs for advancing some of the most groundbreaking topics in cancer biology and research.

A “Forbeck Forum” is an intimate venue for open discussion, sharing, and collaboration. The Forum is limited to 15-20 participants who represent the best of the best in oncology expertise from around the world.  Past participants propose topics for Forums.  The topic, chairs, and participants are approved by the WGFRF Scientific Advisory Board.

To encourage open discussion and debate the participants are only allowed to present 5 slides.  Often, there is too much discussion to get through all five slides.  This protected environment allows for real advancement in cancer research and collaborations.  The model implemented for the Forum is now duplicated by many other organizations.  Although it can be hard to quantify the results of these meetings, Forbeck Forums are highly regarded in the cancer research community, and it is an honor to participate.

Forbeck Forum Participants

Participants gather in Denver, Colorado at the Immunotherapies and Mechanisms of Immune Escape Meeting, October 28, 2021

Two Types of Forums


Our Forums focus on a single, critical topic in cancer research, such as immunotherapy, invasion, and metastasis and why tumors resist treatments. Limited to 15–20 attendees, these meetings unite the world’s leading cancer experts and 3–4 promising young scientists in the field. Forum Meetings have developed into a platform where experts can delve into new ideas and discuss breakthrough approaches in research.

Scholar Retreat

Forbeck Cancer Scholars, early career oncology investigators and recipients of the foundation’s competitive Scholar Award, are invited to attend the Scholar Retreat. This is an important opportunity for Scholars to learn about other areas of research that could advance their own work. They also benefit from interaction with both their peers and distinguished mentors as they seek to start their own labs.

"Wonderful meeting with a fantastic format and great group of people!  Thanks, Jamie, for making this possible and Monica + Esra for assembling such a diverse and complementary team."

- Lorenzo Galluzzi, PhD ,Weill Cornell Medical College - Assistant Professor ,Yale School of Medicine - Honorary Assistant Professor

The vision of the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation is to see cures for all cancers, especially neuroblastoma and other childhood malignancies.

donate today!