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The 2019 retreat took place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Carolina Club Alumni Center, 150 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill in Alumni Hall I, II, and III.

The program’s theme was Community Outreach and Engagement, with a focus on how identifying and responding to North Carolina priorities benefits research across the cancer center.




11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 – 12:10 p.m. Welcome and Introduction – Shelley Earp, MD, Director, UNC Lineberger
12:10 – 12:55 p.m. Keynote: How identifying and responding to catchment priorities benefits our research – Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy & Administration; Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, UNC Lineberger
12:55 – 2:10 p.m. Catchment-Relevant Research (basic, clinical, and population science talks)

  • ACCURE: Community partnership and the resolution of cancer treatment disparities – Samuel Cykert, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • The science of recruiting underserved populations to clinical trials — Marjory Charlot, MD, MPH, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Assistant Director, Community Outreach and Engagement for Patient-Centered Research, UNC Lineberger
  • Obesity and endometrial cancer: From bench to bedside – Vickie Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology
  • Circular RNAs and metastasis: An unexpected therapeutic target – Chad Pecot, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Thoracic Oncology
  • Bad acting oral bacteria reactivating oral EBV and HPV – Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, PhD, DDS, Associate Professor; Director of Oral Viral Pathogenesis Group
2:10 – 2:20 p.m. Break
2:20 – 3:00 p.m. Table Talks
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Fireside Chat with Lineberger Leaders
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. State of the Cancer Center – Shelley Earp, MD, Director, UNC Lineberger
4:00 – 5:00 pm Poster Session