A highlight of being a Forbeck Scholar is the opportunity to participate in the annual Scholar Retreat. Each year, 16 past and current Forbeck Scholars are invited to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a weekend scientific gathering. Here, the Scholars share their research with the other Scholars and with three or four mentors. These mentors are senior scientists and clinicians, often members of the WGFRF Scientific Advisory Board, or past participants in the Annual Forum. The mentors serve to guide the flow of the agenda and discussions. Each Scholar will participate in four sequential retreats, with all expenses paid by WGFRF.
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we invite you to participate in the next Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Congress to be held in Australia in 2016.
Our committee is actively planning for ANR2016 to be held at the Cairns Convention Centre in Far North Queensland, Australia. We believe that the combination of an excellent scientific program with a world famous and internationally unique location will deliver an exceptional meeting.
This meeting will provide a key opportunity for research scientists, clinicians, early career fellows, nurses and other allied health care workers to be updated on the latest basic, translational and clinical research developments in the field of childhood neuroblastoma.
There will also be strong engagement of parents and supporters with specific program content.
Cairns is a readily accessible location being serviced by an international airport, 10 minutes from the Cairns Convention Centre, which has itself received global recognition as a world class conference facility.
Delegates will be able to take advantage of substantially lower costs associated with meetings held in Cairns, by comparison with other major international conference venues, but with standards of food, service and accommodation on par with the best in the world. Cairns is on the door step of both the Great Barrier Reef and ancient tropical rainforests, creating a superb natural environment for recreational experiences. Moreover, the City of Cairns enables visitors to engage with the local Aboriginal culture. A feature of the meeting will be opportunities to explore and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings, as well as experience wonderful culinary treats and Aboriginal traditions, dance and folklore.
The Foundation is looking for outstanding junior clinical or post-doctoral fellows to attend the annual Foundation Forum in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. During the meeting recipients of the award have an unrivaled opportunity to interact with international experts in a particular field of cancer research.
In addition, award recipients will be invited to participate in the Foundation’s Scholar Retreats for the subsequent four years. This gives then further opportunities to interact with their peers and meet with different groups of international cancer experts. Existing awardees have found these interactions invaluable in developing collaborations as well as opening up a variety of career opportunities. Joining this group also offers awardees the opportunity of being able to apply for other programs sponsored by the Foundation that are only open to Forbeck Scholars. During this four year period the Foundation will pay all of your expenses to attend the meetings and offer a stipend to individuals at the end of their tenure period.
Research grants dedicated for past and current Forbeck Scholars are now available by the Foundation.
Funding of research projects will be based upon collaborations between two laboratory fellows/scholars/MDs in their early years of scientific development. At least one of the collaborators must be either a past or current scholar. The funding will be for two years in the first instance, with the option for one additional year subject to review.
The funding will be available to all past and current scholars whether they are based in the US or outside of the country. Preference will be given to scholars that are developing their own laboratories and need funding to enable them to establish themselves as independent investigators capable of receiving major funding from alternative bodies.
Grants will be reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation as well as outside investigators knowledgeable in the field under review.