Training the next generation of cancer researchers

Oregon Health & Science U, Skamania 2017

The premiere cancer biology training conference in the United States, the Cancer Biology Annual Retreat brought together leaders in cancer research to discuss training concepts and trends, training program development, and the latest information on training grants and national policy during the last weekend in October at the incredibly beautiful Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. CABTRAC wishes to thank all the staff at Oregon Health & Science University who helped make the Annual Retreat a success!

Speakers included Joe Gray, PhD from Oregon Health & Science University’s Biomedical Engineering department, and Jonathan S. Wiest, PhD, from the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Training.

Featured Workshops included Enhancing Diversity: Developing High Impact, Low Cost Graduate and Postdoc Recruitment Strategies; and Bioinformatics Training for Cancer Biologists: The Why, The How, The When.

A popular session offered again this year was ‘Speed Mentoring‘ matching graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with mentors from institutions across the country. Forty graduate students and postdocs presented posters, with Alexandra Quackenbush and Christopher Lucchesi, PhD winning top awards for best posters. Kuang-Yui “Michael” Chen, PhD, Zuzana Tatarova, PhD, Tamara Vital and Adam Watson were all selected for formal poster presentation.

“I found the speed mentoring very useful and kind of a fun way to interact with multiple mentors. I also really enjoyed the trainee-only poster session. It allowed me to interact with other trainees about their research without having to stay at my poster the entire time like for the full poster session.”
– trainee attendee

CABTRAC is pleased to be able to share PowerPoint presentations  and handouts from the Retreat HERE


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