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

COVID-19: State of the Science

April 23, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.
Virtual Setting


Retreat Program 

Objective of the Retreat: To advance COVID-19 research in South Carolina by creating a platform for researchers to share their current findings, research problems, solutions and opportunities to stimulate new cross-disciplinary research collaborations to improve human health.

Keynote Address: SARS-CoV-2 replication and targets for antivirals

Keynote Speaker:
Mark Denison, M.D.
Mark R. Denison, M.D.
Edward Claiborne Stahlman Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Contact: Dayan Ranwala

Previous Retreats & Events


  • 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