Statewide Retreats

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.

SCTR Scientific Retreat

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

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

Up to 5-hours of DEI training credit available to participants. 

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?

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD
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

Previous Retreats & Events


  • COVID-19: State of the Science


  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research
  • 2019 Annual Mentorship Training Symposium


  • SCTR Scientific Retreat on Opioids Research
  • 2018 Annual Mentorship Training Symposium
  • SCTR Scientific Retreat on Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Related Research


  • Scientific Retreat on Aging Related Research
  • MUSC Digestive Disease Retreat
  • 2017 Annual SCTR Mentorship Training Symposium: Essential Professional Communication Skills for Academic Success
  • SCTR Scientific Retreat on the Human Microbiome
  • Fifth Annual Women's Health Research Day 
  • Scientific Workshop on Vitamin D


  • 2016 SCTR Scientific Retreat on Health Disparities
  • Zika: Z to A - What We Know, What We Don't, and How to Prepare
  • SCTR Scientific Retreat on Transition of Care Across the Lifespan