2022 GC-CPEH Annual Retreat

2022 GC-CPEH Annual Retreat

May 5-6, 2022
Galvez Hotel, Galveston TX

We’re excited to share the highlights of our GC-CPEH-wide retreat held on May 5 and 6, 2022. After two years of canceled retreats due to the pandemic, this in-person gathering was a much-anticipated milestone for our center. The retreat was a tremendous success, with over 60 enthusiastic attendees, including Center Members and Pilot Project Awardees.

The retreat began with a warm welcome from the organizing committee, setting the stage for an engaging event. We delved into the center’s leadership, activities, and progress made over the past three years. Presentations and discussions showcased groundbreaking research and discoveries, leaving us inspired and proud of our accomplishments.

A key aspect of the retreat was our opportunity to shape the vision for our upcoming P30 renewal in 2023. Through collaborative discussions and diverse perspectives, we collectively defined the future of our research. We’re confident that this shared effort will pave the way for an exceptional P30 renewal, building on our foundation of excellence.

Beyond intellectual stimulation, the retreat fostered connections and strengthened relationships. Attendees enthusiastically shared experiences, exchanged ideas, and formed lasting bonds. This networking opportunity amplified our collaborations and opened doors for new partnerships, enhancing the impact of our center.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants for their active engagement and valuable contributions throughout the retreat. Your commitment to the GC-CPEH center and dedication to advancing environmental health research are truly commendable.

We’re immensely grateful to everyone who made this retreat a resounding success. Your presence and participation created an atmosphere of collaboration, learning, and inspiration. The connections formed and knowledge shared during this retreat will undoubtedly propel us toward making a lasting impact.


Day 1: Thursday, May 5, 2022

2:00 – 3:00 pm Registration, Check-in, and Coffee
3:00 – 4:00 pmWelcome and GC-CPEH Overview (Cheryl Walker, BCM)
4:00 – 4:30 pmMember Presentation (Shelly Buffington, UTMB)
– Presentation, 20 min; Q&A, 10 min
4:30 – 5:00 pmMember Presentation (Kristi Whitworth, BCM)
– Presentation, 20 min; Q&A, 10 min
5:00 – 6:00 pmReception (Poster set-up)
6:00 – 7:00 pmDinner
7:00 – 7:30 pmDessert and Keynote (Stephen Linder, UTHealth
7:30 – 7:45 pmWrap up (Cheryl Walker, BCM)

Day 2: Friday, May 6, 2022

8:00 9:00 amContinental Breakfast
9:00 9:15 amWelcome and Overview of the Day (Kees Elferink, UTMB)
9:15 9:45 amPIPELINE Facility Core (Chris Amos, BCM)
– Presentation, 20 min; Q&A, 10 min
9:45 – 10:15amIHSFC (Elaine Symanski, BCM)
– Presentation, 20 min; Q&A, 10 min
10:15 – 10:45 am 1st Breakout Session
– FC Utilization (Core Directors and Navigators)
– FC Subsidy Program (Heyreoun An Han, BCM)
– Center Citation Table to get Raffle tickets (1 ticket/citation)
Poster viewing
Mobi-COACH Showing
10:45 – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 – 11:30 am Community Engagement Core (Sharon Croisant, UTMB)
– Presentation, 20 min; Q&A, 10 min
11:30 – 11:45 amThematic Focus Areas (Kees Elferink, UTMB)
11:45 am – 12:15 pm2nd Breakout Session
– CEC interaction with Thematic Focus Areas
(Croisant, Linder and Helmer)
– Strengthening Thematic Focus area interactions
(Walker and Elferink)
– Center Citation Table to get Raffle tickets
Poster viewing
Mobi-COACH Showing
12:15 – 1:15 pmLunch
1:15 – 1:30 pmPilot Project Program (Kees Elferink, UTMB)
– Presentation,10 min; Q&A, 5 min
1:30 – 1:50 pmPilot Awardee Presentation #1 (Drew Helmer, BCM)
– Presentation,15 min; Q&A, 5 min
1:50 – 2:10 pmPilot Awardee Presentation #2 (Fernanda Laezza, UTMB)
– Presentation,15 min; Q&A, 5 min
2:10 – 2:30 pmPilot Awardee Presentation #3 (Huan Meng, BCM)
– Presentation,15 min; Q&A, 5 min
2:30 – 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 – 3:00 pmCareer Development Program (Elaine Symanski, BCM)
3:00 – 3:30 pmLDP Presentation (Zheng Sun, BCM)
– Presentation, 20 min; Q&A, 10 min
3:30 – 4:00pm3rd Breakout Session
– Pilot Project Program (Elferink, Whitworth, and Wright)
– Career Development Program (Symanski, and Walker)
– Center Citation Table to get Raffle tickets
Poster viewing
Mobi-COACH Showing
4:00 – 4:30 pmLarge Group Discussion (Cheryl Walker, BCM)
– Feedback from Breakout Sessions
– Ideas for Center Future and Renewal
4:30 – 5:30 pmClosing Reception / Raffle (Cheryl Walker, BCM)


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