2024 Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium and Poster Competition

An annual celebration of scientific inquiry and innovations in cancer research, the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium and Poster Competition is held in honor of the late Gary Kruh, MD, PhD, a previous director of the Cancer Center. The event features presentations by nationally renowned cancer researchers in the basic, population and clinical/translational disciplines, and then ends with a student poster competition.


Wenora Johnson

Patient Advocate
Cancer Survivor

Victoria Seewaldt, MD, PhD

Associate Director, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ruth Ziegler Professor and Chair, Department of Population Sciences

John Blenis, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine
Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Professor in Cancer Research
Associate Director, Basic Science
Professor, Pharmacology
Director, Pharmacology PhD Program

Peter Sorger, PhD

Harvard Medical School
Otto Krayer Professor of Systems Pharmacology
Department of Systems Biology
Head, Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science
Acting Director, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Sciences



Register For Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium

March 15: Poster Abstract Deadline

March 15 is the deadline for University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) students, postdocs and fellows to submit cancer-focused poster abstracts for the 2024 University of Illinois Cancer Center Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium and Poster Competition to be held April 19.

About Gary Kruh, MD, PhD

Kruh was appointed as director of the Cancer Center in 2007 and remained in the position until his death in January 2011. During his tenure as Cancer Center Director, Kruh made great strides in creating a strong Cancer Center identity and unifying a diverse group of laboratory, clinical and population science researchers to work together toward 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.


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Apr 19 2024


8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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