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 development of a partnership between 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.
“Elucidating and Targeting Mechanisms of Single Cell State Maintenance”
Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology, Departments of Systems Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Biomedical Informatics, and Medicine; Chair, Columbia Department of Systems Biology; Director, JP Sulzberger Columbia Genome Center
“Advancing Health, Health Care, and Team Science by Centering the Margins.”
Associate Professor, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University; Medical Director, Healthy Communities, OSUWMC; Chair, Health Equity Steering Committee, OSUWMC; Deputy Director, Center for Cancer Health Equity, OSUCCC-The James Cancer Hospital
“Building new clinical solutions for personalized oncology via proteomics”
Professor, Department of Medicine/Division of Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine; Aven Foundation Endowed Chair; Director, CLIA Targeted Proteomic Laboratory, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Research Advocate, UI Cancer Center