LOWVELO Trainee Symposium

a young woman stands in front of a scientific poster and explains her cancer research to two listeners

The LOWVELO Trainee Symposium is a culmination of the training year. This day-long event celebrates our cancer trainees' research and career development, allowing a broad range of trainees to present their research in oral and poster format after going through a peer-reviewed selection process. 

This year, two $1,000 Hollings Cancer Equity Scholarship awards will be announced — one to a non-clinical trainee and one to a medical student, both of whom have shown excellence in cancer equity research. 

2024 LOWVELO Trainee Symposium

Friday, October 4, 2024
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Charleston Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC 29401

Keynote speakers

James Allison, Ph.D.

Dr. James Allison earned the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with Dr. Tasuku Honjo, "for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation." He is the Chair of the Department of Immunology and Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Padmanee Sharma is the T.C. and Jeanette Hsu Endowed Chair in Cell Biology and Co-Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is a nationally and internationally renowned physician scientist who is a pioneer in the field of immune checkpoint therapy.

a young woman in the audience listens intently to the speaker at the lowvelo training symposium on cancer research

2023 keynote speakers

portrait of Luisel Ricks-Santi

Luisel Ricks-Santi, Ph.D.

Dr. Luisel Ricks-Santi is a cancer genomics researcher and population scientist. She serves as associate director for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Florida Cancer Center.

portrait of Robert Winn

Robert Winn, M.D.

Dr. Robert Winn is director and Lipman Chair in Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center and senior associate dean for cancer innovation and professor of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, VCU School of Medicine.

2022 keynote speakers

Dr. William Kaelin

William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D.

Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr., is an investigator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2019, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology along with Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza.

Dr. Edith Mitchell

Edith P. Mitchell, M.D.

Dr. Edith P. Mitchell is program leader for gastrointestinal oncology at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and serves as the leader of the Jefferson Cancer Network's GI Cancer Working Group.