University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Satellite Conference and Retreat Information

Program Information

The Annual UPCI Satellite Conference and Scientific Retreat will be held Wednesday-Friday, June 21-23, 2017. Both events will be held at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum on Fifth Ave. in Oakland.

The Satellite Conference is co-chaired by Drs. Bennett Van Houten and Patricia Opresko, and it will focus on "New Therapeutic Strategies in Killing Tumor Cells: Exploiting Genome Instability." The guest speaker will be David Cortez, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, and Professor of Cancer Biology, Biochemistry Department, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

This year's Retreat will focus on the topics of “Development of Novel Therapeutics: From Mouse to Man,” and “Shining New Light on the Fog: Advances in the Science of Neurocognitive Function Across the Disease Trajectory” - which will include the perspectives of a patient and patient advocate – and finally, “Combinations Enabling Immunotherapeutic Response.” We are also pleased to bring back a new version of last year’s popular Lightning Round.

This year's Ronald B. Herberman Lectureship Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Eric Fearon, Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Fearon is a nationally recognized investigator in cancer genetics whose research has led to a greater understanding of gene defects that cause colon and rectal cancer to develop and spread. His Keynote talk is entitled “Molecular Insights into Colorectal Cancer Pathogenesis.”

All talks are of importance and relevance to all who are interested in cancer, and will be of direct interest to clinical oncologists, hematology/oncology fellows and other trainees in clinical fellowship programs, as well as basic cancer, population science, and biobehavioral researchers and trainees.

Food Service

Meals include dinner on Wednesday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday; and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Meals will be served in the Grand Ballroom. Breaks will be provided on all days, during which there will be beverages and light snacks available.

Directions & Parking

Registration and Abstract Submission