The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB will host its annual Research Retreat on Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Regions Field. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important event showcasing the work of our members and trainees. 

Key Dates

September 16 – Abstract submission deadline (Deadline to submit abstracts has passed)
October 14 – Registration deadline
October 19 – Electronic submission of posters selected for competition (by invitation)

Scientific Abstracts (Posters and Talks)

Registrants wishing to present cancer-relevant research at the retreat were encouraged to submit an abstract when they registered. The deadline to submit an abstract has passed. Everyone who submitted an abstract will have the chance to present a poster, and those selected for talks will be notified by October 10.


Anyone submitting an abstract will have the opportunity to present a poster. All abstracts will be reviewed by the faculty of the Retreat Committee, and top posters will be entered into the poster competition to be judged by an independent panel. For those notified of their consideration, electronic files of the posters must be submitted to a Box link by Wednesday, October 19. Researchers are responsible for printing their own posters to present at the Retreat.

Abstract and Poster Presentation Guidelines

Event Registration

Register for this year’s Research Retreat.

The registration deadline for this year’s event is Friday, October 14


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  • Where do I submit my abstract to be considered for a poster or talk?
    The abstract submission deadline was September 16, we are no longer accepting submissions. Registration remains open until October 14.
  • Who can register to attend?
    Any faculty, staff member, student or trainee interested in learning more about the research going on at the O’Neal Cancer Center may attend. Registration is not restricted to any rank or institution.
  • Is there a cost to register or submit an abstract?
    There is no cost to register, submit an abstract or present a poster. This is a free event.
  • Who can submit abstracts? Are they for talks or posters?

    Anyone can submit an abstract. When you complete the submission form, you indicate whether you'd like to also be considered for a talk. All abstracts will be allowed to present posters. Talks will be selected from those indicating they'd like to be considered.

    While anyone can present a poster, the intent of the retreat is for trainees and early stage investigators to get experience and feedback.

  • Do I have to stay for the entire Retreat?
    The Research Retreat ends at 5 p.m. and we hope everyone can stay until then. Attendees may come and go from the retreat as needed. You must be present at the award ceremony (tentatively scheduled for 3:30 p.m.) to receive an award.
  • What should I wear to this event?
    Standard work attire is expected. All campus codes of conduct and regulations will be in place.
  • Will meals be provided?
    A small continental breakfast will be available in the morning. A full boxed lunch will be available for all attendees. A vegetarian option will be available. Coffee and water will be available throughout the day.
  • What COVID regulations are in place?
    Per UAB guidelines, attendees will be asked to wear masks while indoors and not actively eating and drinking. Covered outdoor areas will be available for eating.
  • Will every poster be considered for judging?
    Yes, every poster will be reviewed and judged. Those that are in the top tier will be notified of their status and will be further evaluated by a panel of judges to determine categorical winners.
  • What is the word limit on abstracts?
    400 words, not including authors and title. Those are counted separately.
  • What are the awards available to win?
    The details of the awards are still being finalized. However, in years past we were able to offer awards for various trainee categories (i.e. student, postdoc, fellow), in addition to several other sponsored awards for topical winners (i.e. Biostatistics or prostate cancer). Once we get these details finalized, the website will be updated.
  • Can my lab submit more than one abstract?
    There is no limit to the number of abstracts that can be submitted per lab. However, the first author on an abstract will be expected to present the poster and therefore there can be only one abstract per each first author.
  • How are talks selected?
    When you register to attend and submit your abstract you can indicate if you would like to be considered for a talk. Each abstract will be reviewed by the Retreat Committee for merit, topic and career stage and the top will be invited to speak. Every effort will be made to invite speakers of various stages and topics.
  • How long are talks?
    Speakers will be asked to limit their talks to 10 minutes. Details about the format and time slots will be provided once talks are selected.
  • Who is on the Retreat Committee?

    Rebecca Arend, M.D., Associate Professor of Gynecological Oncology

    Nick Dionne-Odom, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nursing Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care

    Robert Welner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hematology & Oncology

    Claudia Hardy, MPA, Director of Community Health Access & Relations in the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement

  • Who are the poster judges?
    Independent judges will be invited from the faculty of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • How many posters will be presented?
    All abstracts submitted will be presented as posters, except those selected for talks.
  • Who do I contact for questions?

    Myisha Anderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 205-975-0359

    Laura Gallitz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 205-934-9985

  • Is there parking?
    Regions Field will allow attendees to park in the VIP lot. Spots are limited and on the opposite side of the venue. You can also walk from campus, park on the street or in a nearby deck.
  • Where do we go at Regions Field?
    A map will be developed, check back for updates.