University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Retreat Information

Program Information

The Annual UPCI Scientific Retreat will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Presentations at this year's event will focus on the topics of “Signaling and Cancer”, “Obesity, Energetics and Cancer”, and “Translational and Clinical Science in the Genomics Era”.

Dr. Theresa WhitesideThe Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Theresa Whiteside, Professor of Pathology, Immunology, and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Whiteside is a recognized expert in immune monitoring of patients with cancer. Her Keynote topic will be “Cooperation between tumor-derived exosomes (TEX) and regulatory T cells (Treg) fuels immune suppression”. All talks will be of direct interest to clinical oncologists, hematology/oncology fellows and other trainees in clinical fellowship programs, as well as basic cancer, population science, and biobehavioral researchers and trainees.


For those wishing to stay in Greensburg for the retreat, overnight accommodations will be provided on Thursday, June 19, 2014*. Rooms are located on campus within short walking distance of all retreat-related activities.

Accommodations consist of suites. All suites have four, single-occupancy private bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a common living area, and microwave and refrigerator. Ample parking is available on campus. Handicap-accessible rooms are available. If you require special assistance, please contact Lisa George at or 412-648-6580.

*Please note that UPCI is providing accommodations only at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus and only on Thursday night. Attendees are responsible for the location and cost of any alternate or additional lodging.

To Request Housing

Housing requests must be made on the UPCI Retreat Registration Form. The deadline for conference registration, housing requests and abstract submission is May 27, 2014. There is a space on the form to indicate with whom you would like to share your suite, if known. Otherwise, rooms will be assigned.

If you request housing, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation. Please print the e-mail and keep for your records, as this is the only confirmation that you will receive.

Check-in begins at 8:00am on Thursday. Check-out ends at 10:00 am on Friday.

To Cancel/Change Housing Requests

Changes in, or cancellation of, housing requests must be made by emailing Lisa George at Please include a telephone number and an e-mail address where you can be reached. All changes or cancellations must be received by June 9, 2014. You will be assessed a charge of $25.00 if you have requested housing and do not attend the retreat or if we are not notified by the June 9 cancellation deadline.

Food Service

Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Meals will be served buffet-style in Chambers Hall Dining Area (with the exception of a box lunch on Friday). Breaks will be provided on all days, during which there will be beverages and light snacks available. All other food/meals will be the responsibility of the attendee.

Recreation / Area Attractions

Campus amenities and recreation include basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, a fitness center and hiking. Local attractions include the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and facilities for swimming and golf.

Directions & Parking

  • Printable Driving Directions - PDF
  • Directions are also available here on the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg website.

Registration and Abstract Submission