The annual Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium and Student Poster Competition is held in honor of the late Dr. Gary Kruh, previous director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center. This celebration of scientific inquiry and innovations in cancer research features presentations by nationally renowned cancer researchers in the basic, population, and clinical/translational disciplines and ends with a student and trainee poster competition.
Dr. Gary D. Kruh was appointed as director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center in 2007 and remained in the position until his death in January 2011. During his tenure as Cancer Center Director, Dr. Kruh made great strides in creating a strong Cancer Center identity and unifying a very diverse group of 180 laboratory, clinical, and population science researchers to work together towards a common goal. He reconfigured the Cancer Center’s research programs to focus on cancer control and population science, carcinogenesis and chemoprevention, experimental therapeutics and imaging, and tumor cell biology. He was instrumental in the development of a partnership between the American Cancer Society and UIC clinical oncology programs which led to the opening of the first Comprehensive Patient Navigation Center at UIC. His ability to bring disparate groups together and inspire them toward a common goal was truly a gift and he will always be remembered for his leadership, vision, energy, sense of humor, and integrity.
A poster competition for cancer-focused student research will also be held. Seven student winners will be selected and awarded $500 each. Winners will be announced during the Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium.
ELIGIBILITY: All UIC Staff, Students, Postdocs, and Fellows*.
Projects must be cancer-focused.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
*Current students and fellows (up to, and including their 5th year of postdoctorate) are eligible for prizes. Student competitors must be present to win. Please register for the event separately.
Featured Presentations By:
Cancer Survivor, Gilda’s Club Chicago
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University
Associate Director, Population Sciences
Director, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement
Hollings Cancer Center
SmartState Endowed Chair, Cancer Disparities Research
Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine
Director, Genitourinary Malignancies Research Center
Kendrick Family Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research
Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute
Associate Professor in Residence
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
Investigator, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub