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Inter-Programmatic Meeting

June 30, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

This event will be held in person at the University of Illinois Chicago Student Center West, Second Floor Thompson Rooms

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This year, the Cancer Center is organizing an inter-programmatic retreat instead of organizing individual program retreats to help promote collaboration between programs. This retreat will showcase the innovative research in all three Cancer Center programs and highlight how focused areas and themes transcend individual programmatic science. You will also hear an update on the Cancer Center’s plans to apply for National Cancer Institute designation and an overview of the 2022-27 strategic plan.


2023 Inter-Programmatic Retreat

Student Center West (SCW) Rooms A, B, C

Arrival and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:45am

Where the Cancer Center Stands and Where it is Going

8:45 – 9:00am

J. Kitajewski, PhD

Cancer Center Director

Fostering Inter-Disciplinary Science in Cancer Center Programs

9:00 –10:00am

A. NCI funding – MPI & strategies to increase

J. Kitajewski, PhD

B. Inter-programmatic/intra-programmatic publications – strategies to increase

J. Kitajewski, PhD

C. Thematic Inter-programmatic Opportunities of Priority Populations and Health Equity

1. Breast Cancer

K. Hoskins, MD

2. Prostate Cancer

D. Vander Griend, PhD/

L. Nonn, PhD/ N. Reizine, MD

3. Colorectal/persistent poverty

M. Fitzgibbon, PhD/Y. Molina, PhD

4. Hepatocellular Carcinoma

N. Nieto, PharmD/N. Hay, PhD

Tying Scientific Research with Catchment area 


Y. Molina, PhD

AD for Community Outreach & Engagement

BREAK: 10:35–10:45am

CRTEC: Importance of training grants, summer programs, faculty development


L. Nonn, PhD

AD for Cancer Research Training and Education

Cancer Center Shared Resources


Core Presentations: 5 min each (plus posters)

* Biorepository Update

* TMAs

D Vander Griend, PhD, AD for Shared Resources Overview

* CADS – Disease Site Cohort (DSC) platform (15 min)

* Other Emerging Resources

S. Kataria, MBA/J. Sun, PhD/E. Mutlu, MD

Plan to Enhance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


H. Prendergast, MD

AD for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

1. New CCSG requirement

2. Updates from listening sessions and retreat

3. Strategies to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion

LUNCH + Roundtables and Posters


1. New Technologies/AI        

2. Breast Cancer                   

3. Prostate Cancer             

4. Translation and Drug Discovery

5. Colorectal Cancer

6. Persistent Poverty

7. Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Lightning Talks 


ADs/PLs will facilitate discussions at each table

5-minute talks and Q&A

CPC: J. Krive, PhD/S. Lofton, PhD/K. Malecki, PhD

TO: N.Reizine, MD/ Z. Zhao, PhD

CB: J. Shin, PhD/ Y. Dai, PhD/K. Kim

Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research Collaborations


Daniel Touchette, PharmD


Closing Remarks


J. Kitajewski, PhD/Gadi, MD.PhD

Adjourn for Cocktail Hour/Networking/Posters


All Attendees & Special Guests


June 30, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT


Farah Mirza


Student Center West (SCW), Thompson Rooms, 2nd Floor
828 S. Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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