University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Symposium and Retreat Information

Program Information

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

Presentations at this year's retreat will focus on the topics of "Personalized Medicine," "Illuminating Cancer from Single Molecules to Tumors," and "UPCI SPORES." These three topics are of importance and relevance to all who are interested in cancer.

The Ronald B. Herberman Lectureship Keynote Address at the retreat will be 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 will be "New Frontiers in Cancer Precision Medicine."


For those wishing to stay in Greensburg for the symposium and retreat, overnight accommodations will be provided on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, 2016*. 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 or 412-648-6580.

*Please note that UPCI 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 UPCI Symposium/Retreat Registration Form. The deadline for conference registration, housing requests and abstract submission is May 26, 2016. 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 Please include a telephone number and an e-mail address where you can be reached. All changes or cancellations must be received by June 7, 2016. You will be assessed a charge of $25.00 if you have requested housing and do not attend the retreat or if we are not notified by the June 7 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