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The 2022 CPU2AL Annual Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from Tuesday, August 2 through Friday, August 5, 2022.


Visit Marriott's website, with the link below, to register for the CPU2AL Annual Meeting. The last day to register is Monday, June 27, 2022.

  • Please note to only use the link below to register for the event, as this is the official registration webpage for CPU2AL participants.
  • The Annual Meeting will take place from Tuesday, August 2, 2022, to Friday, August 5, 2022.
  • For payment reimbursement, please reach out to your perspective CPU2AL University.
  • We are now asking everyone to wear a face mask during the activities of the event unless they are in their personal space, eating, or drinking. This will keep us all healthier. Please make sure your mask covers both your nose and mouth.

PLEASE NOTE: If anyone wishes to book on dates outside of the block, they will need to call the hotel directly to book at 843-918-5035 because the group rate is offered for 3 days pre/post event based on availability. When registering, only a credit card hold per guestroom is required. No upfront payment is necessary.

Check-in at the Marriott will be on August 2, at 4:00 pm (or after). The Annual Meeting's activities will begin on August 3.  The last day of the meeting (August 5th) will be a half-day.


A Message from our CPU2AL Director

gary zank message website mb


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Map of the Sheraton Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)

Photo Credit: Sheraton

Step into a thoughtfully designed guest experience at Sheraton Myrtle Beach. Nestled in downtown Myrtle Beach two blocks from the scenic boardwalk, the hotel offers comfort and modern touches like TVs with premium movie channels and floor-to-ceiling windows in our accommodations. The hotel is also a short drive from attractions like Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Broadway at the Beach. Stop in for Southeastern cuisine at Vidalia's, their full-service restaurant, order from our room service menu, or unwind with a cocktail in our lobby bar.

Daily breakfast and lunch will be catered by the hotel during the meeting and an Annual Meeting Group Dinner on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Travel Information

Hotel Address

2101 N Oak St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Nearby Airport

Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) - 11 min (4.3 mi)

Meeting Agenda

Download here.

COVID Policy for the Meeting

The Myrtle Beach, SC area is also at a High level for COVID. This is of obvious concern to many of us because we will be a reasonably sizable group, in for several days. Some of us may have conditions that make COVID a high-risk infection regardless of vaccination status (including the fact that some of us are in an older demographic!), many of us have important travel and similar activities in the next month or two, there are likely to be family gatherings at which older and possibly immunocompromised members may be attending, and so on. For these reasons, I want to err on the side of caution during the upcoming CPU2AL Annual Retreat and Annual Meeting.

  1. Prior to the meeting, I would like everyone to take an at-home COVID test. If you test negative, you are welcome to attend the meeting. If not, please do not attend the meeting, and I strongly suggest contacting your doctor or health provider and quarantining.
  2. Please wear masks during the meeting at all times unless speaking at the podium i.e. When at the tables in a group setting, please continue to wear masks while in discussions – in smaller groups, we can understand one another. And of course, please wear the masks correctly (over mouth and nose).
  3. Obviously, while eating and drinking, masks can come off but I suggest not leaving them off for very long and I also suggest that you utilize the space available as best you can to ensure some level of personal spacing.

We will have a limited supply of masks available so please bring your own masks if possible.

Confirmed Attendees

  • Ms. Paria Abouhamzeh
  • Dr. Mark Adrian
  • Matthew Bonzu Ackah
  • Dr. Laxman Adhikari
  • Mr. Sajid Ahmed
  • Dr. Robert Arslanbekov
  • Khadi Badiane
  • Paul Baker
  • Yadav Baral
  • Veronica Belser
  • Judith Boateng
  • Mr. Kirk Boehm
  • Dr. Richard Branam
  • Dr. Renato Camata
  • Dr. Aaron Catledge
  • Dr. Ernst Cebert
  • Mr. Kallol Chakrabarty
  • Mr. Gautam Chandrasekhar
  • Dr. Haihong Che
  • Ms. Regina Crapps
  • Mr. Nicolas Donders
  • Dr. Lam Duong
  • Mr. Sujan Prasad Gautam
  • Dr. Bhagirath Ghimire
  • Dr. Theodore Hodapp
  • Mr. Gerardo Hernandez-Moreno
  • Dr. Michael Khonsari
  • Dr. Vladimir Kolobov
  • Mark Kushner
  • Dr. Yu Lin
  • Kelvin Lule
  • Ezekiel Mills
  • Mr. Luke Moore
  • Dr. Masaru Nakanotani
  • Precious Orji
  • Derrick Appiah Osei
  • Jacob Paiste
  • Mrs. Trang Pham
  • Jared Powell
  • Laura Provenzani
  • AKM Mustafizur Rahman
  • Dr. Vijaya Rangari
  • Indira Richardson
  • James Rogers
  • Sarah Sandlin
  • Mr. Ashok Silwal
  • Mr. Adam Smith
  • Dr. Edmund Spencer
  • Dr. Douglas Spencer
  • Kelby Starchman
  • Ms. Bria Storr
  • Dr. Bofeng Tang
  • Shanti Thagunna
  • Dr. Saikat Chakraborty Thakur
  • Dr. Edward Thomas
  • Vinoy Thomas
  • Dr. Uma Venkateswaran
  • Dr. Komal Vig
  • Dr. Yogesh Vohra
  • Dr. Alexey Volkov
  • Dr. Bingbing Wang
  • Eleanor Williamson
  • Dr. Gabe Xu
  • Dr. Mehmet Sarp Yalim
  • Dr. Gary Zank
  • Dr. Lingling Zhao

Poster Session

The poster session is open to any CPU2AL member that would like to showcase their research at the Annual Meeting.

  • You must bring your own poster to the Meeting site.
  • Poster stands will be supplied by the hotel.
  • Posters will be displayed throughout the course of the event but will be presented and viewed by all at the Annual Meeting Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, August 3rd.

2022 Poster Session List

 Submit a Poster 

Local Attractions

Myrtle Beach offers plenty of entertainment. Some options include golf courses, amusement parks, museums, and much more! To view a full list, click here.

Local Restaurants

Myrtle Beach also offers over 2,000 restaurants to choose from. To view a full list, click here.

Contact Information

Indira Richardson - EPSCOR PROJECT MANAGER - Meeting Technical Questions

Veronica Belser & Laura Provenzani - Hotel Reservations and General Program 

See You There!

View, download, and upload photos from the 2022 Annual Meeting from this link.

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