Fifth Annual Scientific Retreat (10.27.17)

Douglas R. Lowy, MDDouglas R. Lowy, MDThe 5th Annual Scientific Retreat will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham.

The O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture, in honor of Dr. Michael Colvin, Director Emeritus of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, will be delivered by Douglas R. Lowy, MD, deputy director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His talk is entitled “HPV-associated Cancers: Doing More with Less.”

Overview of the Retreat

  • Podium Presentations (of selected abstracts)
  • Faculty Presentation
  • Lunch 
  • Podium Presentations (of selected abstracts)
  • The O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture
  • Poster Session & Refreshments 


Abstract Submission: Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 (5 p.m.)

Registration: Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 (5 p.m.)


To register for the retreat please visit:

(You must be logged on to the Duke network or using VPN to access the registration site)

Abstract Submission

Trainees, Students and Fellows are invited to submit an abstract for podium presentation alongside registering for the retreat. Two abstracts in each of the fields of basic, translational, clinical and population science cancer research will be selected for presentation and will receive a $1,000 award from the DCI, with the most innovative basic science research receiving a $5,000 award as the 2017 Robert and Barbara Bell Basic Science Cancer Research Award recipient. Abstract submission is a part of the registration process.

Poster Session

Submitted abstracts not selected for podium presentation will be invited to participate in the evening’s poster session. Posters will be due Monday, October 2, 2017.

*Please note: due to space constraints, the number of invited posters may be limited.

For more information or for inquiries, please contact Erin Carr