University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)


The UPCI 30th Anniversary Symposium III was held on on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 and the 28th Annual UPCI Scientific Retreat was held on on June 16 and 17, 2016. Both events were held at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

The Symposium, co-chaired by Drs. Robert L. Ferris, Lisa Butterfield, Dario A.A. Vignali, and Hassane Zarour, focused on "Cancer Immunology." This event concluded our year-long recognition of UPCI's 30th Anniversary: "Celebrating 30 Years of Cancer Research and Innovation."

Presentations at this year's retreat focused on the topics of "Personalized Medicine," "Illuminating Cancer from Single Molecules to Tumors" and "UPCI SPORES."

The Ronald B. Herberman Lectureship Keynote Address at the retreat was given by Dr. Levi Garraway, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and an Institute Member of the Broad Institute. Dr. Garraway has made seminal research contributions in cancer genomics, drug resistance and cancer precision medicine. His expertise has guided precision medicine initiatives at many cancer centers worldwide. It also inspired the launch of Foundation Medicine Inc., a genomics-based cancer diagnostics company he co-founded. He has earned several awards and honors, including the prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute, and was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2015. Dr. Garraway's Keynote topic was "New Frontiers in Cancer Precision Medicine."

This meeting served as a wonderful opportunity for all members of the Institute to learn about and contribute to our scientific environment through formal and informal interactions.

View the 2016 UPCI Retreat Photo Gallery.

For a brief summary of recent UPCI Scientific Retreats, please see the Retreat Archive page.