Register for April 28 Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium

Have you registered for the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s 2023 Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium? The event will be held Friday, April 28, at Student Center West in the Thompson Rooms, 828 South Wolcott Avenue, on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).

The annual event is held in honor of the late Kruh, a previous Cancer Center director. Kruh was appointed director in 2007 and remained in the position until his death in 2011.

Featured speakers at this year’s celebration of scientific inquiry and innovations in cancer research are listed below.


Marvella E. Ford, PhD

Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University

Associate Director, Population Sciences Director, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, Hollings Cancer Center

SmartState Endowed Chair, Cancer Disparities Research


Nima Sharifi, MD

Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine
Director, Genitourinary Malignancies Research Center
Kendrick Family Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research
Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute

Nima Sharifi Lab, Lerner Research Institute


Arun Wiita, MD, PhD

Associate Professor in Residence
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
University of California, San Francisco

Investigator, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub


Dan Olas, BS

A cancer survivor involved in the cancer support community since 2008 with Gilda’s Club Chicago, first as a member receiving support, then as a leader and volunteer raising funding and awareness to support the mission. 


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