WGFRF Scientific Activities

The William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation is working with the scientific community to shortening the cancer research timetable.

The Foundation has selected 4 outstanding junior clinical or post-doctoral fellows to attend the annual Foundation Forum in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, November 9th – 12th, 2017. During the meeting recipients of the award have an unrivaled opportunity to interact with international experts in a particular field of cancer research. The 2017 topic is “MYC/RAS“, chaired by Drs. Karen Cichowski and Gerard Evan of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and University of Cambridge.

In addition, award recipients are invited to participate in the Foundation’s Scholar Retreats for the subsequent four years. This gives them further opportunities to interact with their peers and meet with different groups of international cancer experts. Existing awardees have found these interactions invaluable in developing collaborations as well as opening up a variety of career opportunities. Joining this group also offers awardees the opportunity of being able to apply for other programs sponsored by the Foundation that are only open to Forbeck Scholars.  These opportunities include the opportunity to host their own Focus Meeting and apply for collaborative research funding.

The 2017 Forum will bring together a small group of international experts in the field to debate the topic and present their latest data to the attendees. The meeting is held in a “think tank” environment where active discussion of new ideas and concepts is promoted. Participation is by invitation only.

2017 Scholar Awardees will attend the following Scholar Retreats:

October 11-14, 2018
October 10-13, 2019
October 8-11, 2020
October 7-10, 2021

Candidates should email admin@wgfrf.org for a full application and additional information on how to apply.

The recipient(s) of the award will be selected by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, and will be notified by the Foundation Administrator.

Click here to Nominate a Scholar

To Support the Forbeck Scholar Initiative


Sponsorship Levels

  • Retreat Sponsor – $5,000
  • Sponsor A Mentor – $2,500
  • Research Sponsor – $1,000
  • Blue Denim Donor – $500
  • Sponsor a Scholar – 4-year pledge $1,000/yr

All Sponsors will be recognized at the event, in the annual newsletter and on the web site.

This Sponsor will be honored on the following years invitation and receive 4 tickets to the Blue Jean Ball. They will also be included in the Retreat’s Kick Off Dinner, Scholar Dinner and invited to attend the Hilton Head Scientific Forum and Directors Meetings. This is an opportunity to mingle the great scientific minds of our time in a casual setting.

Your donation will directly fund the attendance of a senior investigator to participate at the Scholar Retreat. The sponsor will receive (2) tickets to the blue jean ball and an invitation to the Scholar Dinner.

In addition to the recognition, you will also receive (2) tickets to the Blue Jean Ball.

Each year four new scholars are selected to attend the Retreat, a 4 year program. Your pledge of $1,000 each year (totaling $4,000) will directly support a Scholar’s participation in the think tank. An individual scholar will be identified with your pledge. You will be invited to the Kick Off Dinner with the Scientists and receive (2) tickets to the Blue Jean Ball. This is your chance to participate in Cancer Research!!!

Scholars can be sponsored for a single year or a four-year commitment. Please contact admin@wgfrf.org for more information on available Scholars and sponsorship opportunities.