Statewide Retreats

Open Registration

Registration for the Scientific Retreat on Inflammation and Fibrosis is open through January 12, 2024, by 5:00 p.m. EST.

SCTR facilitates collaboration across traditional disciplinary and institutional lines by sponsoring 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 also sponsors an annual translational research day and mentorship symposium that provide a forum for trainees and scholars to present their research and participation in career development activities.

2024 SCTR Scientific Retreat
Inflammation and Fibrosis 

Friday, February 2, 2024

Format: In-person
Venue: TBA - MUSC, Charleston, SC


Registration is free but required to submit an abstract and/or attend the retreat.
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Submitting an abstract for oral/poster presentations

If you are working currently in the area of inflammation and fibrosis, we invite you to submit an abstract for consideration as either a poster or oral presentation.

Follow the abstract submission guidelines listed at the bottom of the REDCap registration form.

Abstract Deadline Extended:
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Objectives of the Retreat

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

The goal of this retreat is 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 are 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. Whether you are engaged in inflammation and fibrosis research, or simply interested in how it applies to your research or clinical practice, this retreat is for you. 

Keynote Address

Title: TBA

Keynote Speaker: 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 


For any questions, please contact 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

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