The mission of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is to stimulate collaboration among scientists at Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and others to accelerate discovery that will transform biomedical research and improve the health of humankind.
The CBC gratefully acknowledges support from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

15th Annual CBC Symposium
“Small Molecule Discovery”

DATE: Friday, November 17, 2017

Fantastic speaker lineup! Poster session! Lunch and Learn!

Deadline to register and submit poster abstract: Friday, October 20, 2017.

Enjoy the symposium preview below!

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the countdown is on!

October 18, 2017
The CBC is proud to announce that over 1900 publications have been attributed to CBC funding! The countdown to reach 2000 is on! The winning publication will be featured on the CBC homepage and the CBC awardee(s) will receive a surprise gift to commemorate the occasion! The current number to reach 2000 is:

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October 20, 2017
“In the News”
As a critical component of Northwestern University’s record research funding, the 2017 renewal grant to CBC from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust was recognized as unusually large and a significant factor in the increased funding from foundations

The CBC renewal grant received in January 2017 from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust (SFCCT) will support research collaborations in biomedical sciences among the prime Chicago research institutions including The University of Chicago, Northwestern and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The grant, amounting to $21 million for 2017-2021 represents a renewal of the two previous grants to CBC from the SFCCT, which totaled $50 million over 2006-2016. Here, Northwestern University acknowledges the extreme generosity of SFCCT and its impact on record breaking fundraising in 2017. The collaborative culture of Northwestern, as catalyzed by the CBC initiative, is emphasized as a key to success.

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October 19, 2017
success story
Three NU scientists with links to CBC track down the ‘wasabi receptor’

Three NU scientists with links to CBC are co-authors on a recent Nature Neuroscience publication. The paper, “Activation of planarian TRPA1 by reactive oxygen species reveals a conserved mechanism for animal nociception,” supports a striking conservation—from flatworms to Drosophila to humans—of the response to noxious stimuli such as heat and irritant substances, like wasabi. The senior author on the paper, Marco Gallio, and a postdoc in his lab, Emanuela Zaharieva, also co-author on the paper, received a CBC Postdoctoral Research Award (2014). The second senior co-author, Christian Peterson, was an invited speaker at the CBC Scholars “Loop Connections” Colloquium (2012), “Signaling to Scale: Forging a path from the molecule to the organism.” Congratulations!

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October 18, 2017
CBC’s Connection to CIM/MATTER

CBC Executive Director Jim Audia was introduced by Advisory Board Chair, Steve Gould to the Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) group at their monthly meeting on October 11 at MATTER.

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