UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Satellite Conference and Retreat Information

Program Information

The Annual UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Satellite Conference and Scientific Retreat will be held Wednesday-Friday, June 20-22, 2018. Both events will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

The Satellite Conference will be co-chaired by Drs. Patricia Opresko and Jian-Min Yuan, and will focus on "Aging and Cancer." Guest speaker will be Andre Nussenzweig, PhD , Chief of the Laboratory of Genome Integrity in the NCI Center for Cancer Research, and NIH Distinguished Investigator. The Satellite Conference will also highlight the work of Dr. Toren Finkel, Director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh.

This year's Retreat will focus on the topics of “Modeling of Human Cancer,” “Pathogens and Cancer” and finally, “Translating Our Research into Novel Immunotherapies of Cancer.” These three topics are of importance and relevance to all who are interested in cancer. We are also pleased to bring back the popular Lightning Round. On Friday, in addition to announcing the Jr. Scholar and Poster winners, we will announce the current Hillman Fellows.

This year's Ronald B. Herberman Lectureship Keynote Address will be given by David Tuveson, MD, PhD, Chief Scientist of the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; and Cancer Center Director and Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). Dr. Tuveson is a renowned investigator, best known for his work on pancreatic cancer. His talk will focus on “Pancreatic Cancer Biology and Medicine.”

We very much look forward to your attendance and participation in this wonderful opportunity for all members of the Cancer Center to learn about and contribute to our scientific environment through formal and informal interactions. We especially encourage you to bring your students and fellows, as our trainees are so vital to our future. All information and forms regarding the retreat can be found on this web site. For questions, please contact Lisa George, Retreat Coordinator, at georgel@upmc.edu.


For those wishing to stay in Greensburg for the satellite and retreat, overnight accommodations will be provided on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, 2019*. Rooms are located on campus within short walking distance of all retreat-related activities.

Accommodations consist of suites. All suites have four, single-occupancy private bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a common living area, and microwave and refrigerator. Ample parking is available on campus. Handicap-accessible rooms are available. If you require special assistance, please contact Lisa George at georgel@upmc.edu or 412-648-6580.

*Please note that UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is providing accommodations only at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus and only on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Attendees are responsible for the location and cost of any alternate or additional lodging.

To Request Housing

Housing requests must be made on the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Satellite/Retreat Registration Form. The deadline for conference registration, housing requests and abstract submission is June 1, 2018. There is a space on the form to indicate with whom you would like to share your suite, if known. Otherwise, rooms will be assigned.

If you request housing, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation. Please print the e-mail and keep for your records, as this is the only confirmation that you will receive.

Check-in begins at 12:45 pm on Wednesday and at 8:00 am on Thursday. Check-out ends at 10:00 am on Friday. Please note that the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will assess a charge of $50.00 each for unreturned/lost room keys.

To Cancel/Change Housing Requests

Changes in, or cancellation of, housing requests must be made by emailing Lisa George at georgel@upmc.edu. Please include a telephone number and an e-mail address where you can be reached. All changes or cancellations must be received by June 4, 2018. You will be assessed a charge of $50.00 if you have requested housing and do not attend the retreat or if we are not notified by the June 4 cancellation deadline.

Food Service

Meals include dinner on Wednesday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Meals will be served buffet-style in Chambers Hall Dining Area (with the exception of a box lunch on Friday). Breaks will be provided on all days, during which there will be beverages and light snacks available. All other food/meals will be the responsibility of the attendee.

Recreation / Area Attractions

Campus amenities and recreation include basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, a fitness center and hiking. Local attractions include the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and facilities for swimming and golf.

Directions & Parking

  • Printable Driving Directions - PDF
  • Directions are also available here on the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg website.

Registration and Abstract Submission