October 17, 2023 | 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. | 3002 ECE Building
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The 2023 Cancer Center Annual Retreat is an important opportunity to learn about significant Cancer Center at Illinois advancements over the past year, hear examples of the amazing research happening on our campus, and explore the multiple opportunities available to all CCIL members in funding, shared resources and student support.

The event will feature updates from the CCIL Director and Program Leaders, progress on the new Cancer Center Research and Innovation Building, showcase the latest technologies available to benefit cancer research on our campus, and more! Lunch will be provided and a reception will follow.


Please note that the following agenda is tentative, and changes may be made closer to the date of the event.

Time Topic Speaker(s)
12:00 -12:45 p.m. Check-In/Registration + Lunch
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks Rohit Bhargava, CCIL Director
1:00 – 1:20 p.m. Research Program Updates
1:20 – 1:30 p.m. Shared Resources Updates Joseph Irudayaraj, Associate Director for Shared Resources
1:30 – 1:40 p.m. Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination Updates Zeynep Madak Erdogan, Associate Director for Education
1:40 – 1:45 p.m. Translational Research Overview Timothy Fan, Associate Director for Translation & Development
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion with CCIL Leaders
2:00 – 2:10 p.m. Break
2:10 – 2:40 p.m. Keynote: Nanotech + Biotech Convergence for Cancer: One Chemist’s Perspective Catherine Murphy, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Interim Director
2:40 – 2:50 p.m. BEAT Cancer Initiative Introduction TBD
2:50 – 3:00 p.m. Working Group Updates TBD
3:00 – 3:20 p.m. Seed Grant Updates Paul Hergenrother, CCIL Deputy Director
3:20 – 3:30 p.m. Funding Opporunities TBD
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks Rohit Bhargava, CCIL Director
3:45 – 5:00 p.m. Reception

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