See many photos from the day at our Pathology News link
This year we chose to have our day-long retreat at the aptly named University Tower, in Durham. We occupied the top-most (17th) floor of the building which provided us with a panoramic view of the city of Durham and its surroundings. Since it was clear day, the view was spectacular. We had a very good representation of clinician and basic science researchers, residents, post doctoral fellows, and graduate students attending. We heard several of our pathology faculty (primary and secondary), post doctoral fellows and graduate students give talks on their research. Perhaps the highlight of the program was the keynote address by an alumnus of our PhD program, Dr. Todd Brady, (MD’99, PhD’98). In addition to giving us an account of his extraordinary journey from academic medicine to business entrepreneurship, he gave a vivid picture of the hurdles and challenges he encountered before successfully bringing discoveries made in the lab into marketable therapeutic drugs. The retreat culminated in a poster session displaying the powerful depth and breadth of the research activities undertaken in the Pathology Department.
This is the second departmental retreat hosted by the graduate program of the Department of Pathology. Hosting an annual retreat was proposed by our Chairman, Dr. Jiaoti Huang, with the goal of building collaboration and community between faculty and trainees and between the clinical and basic science pillars of the Department. In view of its scope and attendance, these retreats are fast becoming the highlight event of the year. While this gathering was a resounding success we also are aware that the academic year is fast coming to a close and several of our graduate students and residents will sadly be leaving us for now. We wish them all the best as we know they will continue to make us proud even as they face new challenges, and we anticipate having them return with the insights they have gained in the years to come. For the rest of us, we will nurture and grow our community within the Department and at Duke, inspired by the many messages and ideas learned from this retreat. Have an enjoyable and fruitful summer!
-Soman Abraham, PhD.
Director of Graduate Studies
(See the News post for more photos and details!)