The Cancer Biology Annual Retreat (a.k.a. the CABTRAC Retreat) is the preeminent symposium on cancer research training and education in the United States, attracting attendees from more than 80 institutions across the country. Now in its 20th year, the program provides a forum for discussion on trends and policy related to training and pedagogy, grant applications and tracking, diversity enhancement and career paths for Cancer Biology Training Consortium members, potential members, the National Cancer Institution and other partnered cancer-related associations. The Retreat distinguishes itself from other scientific meetings in that the well-rounded agenda and intimate venue setting support camaraderie and networking while maintaining exceptional member service and experiences.

We are now accepting applications for 2027 and 2028. As a host of the Retreat, your institution will be nationally recognized as a leader in cancer biology training and education through press, social media and any grant applications that seek a high level of program leadership and engagement. In addition, it is an outstanding opportunity to showcase your institution to potential faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Host institutions are asked to support the Retreat with administrative and planning participation, identifying local (in-house) speakers and presenters appropriate to be considered for the retreat agenda, faculty and trainee attendance, and a monetary contribution. Additionally, institutions are encouraged to support technical (A/V) and media (marketing, social media) efforts as their campuses may be equipped. The purpose of the host contribution is to offset the growing cost of attendance and enhance the Retreat experience; no part of the host monetary contribution will be used towards CABTRAC’s expenses. The meeting registration fee provides funding towards each attendee’s lodging and meal expenses. As every retreat has different associated needs and costs, CABTRAC reserves the right to allocate host monetary contributions to program expenses on a discretionary basis. Please see the VENUE GUIDELINES, HOST APPLICATION, and SAMPLE HOST AGREEMENT documents.

Interested institutions should submit an intention to apply below. Application deadline for 2027 hosting is December 1, 2024. The 2028 deadline is December 1, 2025.