Meet-the-Expert Breakfast

    November 8, 2013
    Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center
    National Harbor, MD


The Meet-the-Expert Breakfast focused on unique issues related to the career development of early career scientists. Well-recognized leaders in the field will facilitated roundtable discussions on particular areas of interest, embracing academia- and industry-related topics. Experts answered questions and lead informal dialogues to help provide guidance and direction.

Intended Audience

  • This event was intended for graduate, medical and post baccalaureate students; clinical fellows; postdoctoral fellows; tenured-track investigators and other early career professionals.

Program Goals Included:

  • Produce scientifically significant discussions and provide guidance relevant to the career development of early career scientists in academia and beyond
  • Provide early career scientists with an opportunity to meet key experts in the field and facilitate interactions in an informal small-group setting
  • Mentor early career scientists on the state of research in today’s environment through expert guidance on timely and relevant topics in cancer immunotherapy

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this meeting (and according to the topic selected), participants should be able to:

  • Locate resources available that will facilitate career development related to grant writing, publishing papers, networking, collaborations, clinical-translational research, and work-life balance
  • Discuss career opportunity beyond the academia
  • Develop a framework for action, with an understanding of the complexities and potential pitfalls related to the key issue under discussion
  • Summarize answers provided by experts in the field to specific questions related to the career development topic
  • Implement improved processes of communication between early career scientists and established researchers and experts
  • List funding opportunity beyond NIH grants

Topics of Discussion

Program ran from 7:15 am - 8:00 am

  • Networking and Developing Successful Collaborations
    Francesco Marincola, MD - Sidra Medical and Research Center
  • Grant Writing
    Paul M. Sondel, MD, PhD - University of Wisconsin
  • Publishing Papers
    A. Karolina Palucka, MD, PhD - Baylor Institute for Immunology Research
  • Clinical-Translational Research
    Howard L. Kaufman, MD, FACS - Rush University Medical Center
  • Work-Life Balance
    Lisa H. Butterfield, PhD - University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
  • Career Path – How to Survive in the Academia: Balancing Mentoring, Research, and Teaching
    Thomas F. Gajewski, MD, PhD - University of Chicago
  • Career Path – The Industry Perspective
    Julie Rubinstein, MBA - Adaptive Biotechnologies
  • Career Path – Introducing Science Policy
    Stefano Bertuzzi, MD, PhD - American Society for Cell Biology
  • Career Path – Federal Scientific Institutions
    Raj K. Puri, MD, PhD - US Food and Drug Administration, CBER
  • Finding Non-NIH Funding Sources
    Caron Lyman, PhD - National Cancer Institute



Davide Bedognetti, MD, PhD  - National Institutes of Health, CC, DTM
Cindy L. Zuleger, PhD - University of Wisconsin

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