Statewide Retreats

SCTR facilitates collaboration across traditional disciplinary and institutional lines by sponsoring statewide, thematic-based retreats for basic, clinical and population scientists, and community practitioners at all levels of career development. Topics address health conditions of importance to SC, are attended by investigators and community members from across the state and are often followed by a special call for pilot grants related to the retreat topic. SCTR’s Pilot Program also hosts an annual Translational Science Spotlight during MUSC’s Innovation Month. The Spotlight highlights how MUSC scientists, researchers, and research professionals use translational science across the translational spectrum. 

2024 SCTR Scientific Retreat on Community Engagement

Details to come.

2024 SCTR Scientific Retreat
Inflammation and Fibrosis 

Friday, February 2, 2024

Format: In-person
Venue: BE 110 - MUSC, Charleston, SC

View the Retreat Program 

Objectives of the Retreat

Inflammation and fibrosis are hallmarks of numerous diseases and can affect any organ.

The goal of this retreat was to bring the MUSC and statewide collaborative community together to exchange knowledge, build collaborations, and accelerate discoveries of mechanisms of and therapies for diseases of inflammation and fibrosis.

To achieve this goal, the retreat objectives were to: (1) share knowledge of the state-of-the art and current research activity in the area of inflammation and fibrosis; (2) identify resources, assays, or techniques for inflammation and fibrosis research; and (3) network and initiate collaborative partnerships in support of current or future studies. The retreat was open to researchers already engaged in inflammation and fibrosis research, as well as those interested in how it applies to their research or clinical practice. 


Standing on Shoulders: A History of Interferon Research

Mary K. Crow, M.D.
Physician-in-Chief Emerita, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Senior Scientist, Hospital for Special Surgery Research Institute 


Sydney Bollinger - - Special Projects Coordinator, SCTR.

Previous Retreats & Events

2022 SCTR Scientific Retreat
Dissemination & Implementation Science 

Friday, September 9, 2022

Drug Discovery 110 & Lobby, MUSC


Retreat Program 

Keynote Presentation: 

Demystifying Dissemination and Implementation Science

Keynote Speaker:

Mark McGovern, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Mark McGovern is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and, by courtesy, the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the Co-Chief of the Division of Public Mental Health and Population Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry, and Medical Director of Integrated Behavioral Health in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. McGovern's overarching goal is to improve access to the most effective care possible for anyone who needs it.

His primary research focus is implementation science, with a specific emphasis on integrated behavioral health services for persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders, as they present in both primary care and specialty settings.

Full Profile

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Crossroads of Translational Science

October 22, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. EST 

Virtual Setting via Zoom

Objective of the Retreat: The goal was to advance translational science in eliminating health inequities in South Carolina by creating a platform for academic investigators, students, research support professionals, clinicians, community, and other stakeholders from multiple disciplines to share their current findings, research problems, solutions and opportunities to stimulate new cross-disciplinary research collaborations. Discussion of specific research questions were encouraged to facilitate collaborations. Attendees are given an opportunity to apply for the SCTR Pilot Project Program funds to support new collaborations focused on retreat theme topics.

Keynote Address: What is the Role of Science in Eliminating Health Inequities?

Keynote Speaker: Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

Contact: Sydney Bollinger

hands representing the clinical and translational research spectrum circling a light bulb lit by the map of SC

SCTR DEI Retreat

At SCTR’s recent retreat, NIMHD director and South Carolina scientists discussed the way forward for health disparities research.

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