The mission of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium is to stimulate collaboration among scientists at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago that will transform research at the frontiers of biomedicine.


Upcoming Winter 2015 Application Deadlines

» Exploratory Workshops Program:
   December 4 (see RFA)


In Vivo Studies using Patient-Derived Xenograft Tumor Models

The Patient-Derived Xenograft (PDX) Core Facility is a shared resource created to support the researchers of the Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (CR-PSOC), funded by a $10 million U54 grant from the National Cancer Institute and a $1.5 million CBC Lever grant. $50,000 of Lever funds are allocated to support pilot projects to conduct in vivo studies using PDX models for investigators outside of the CR-PSOC.

Application Due Date: November 30, 2015
Funding: up to $25,000 per award
RFA: click here.

Chicago Synthetic Antibody Pipeline

Supported by a CBC Lever Award, the Chicago Synthetic Antibody Pipeline (CSAP) is now open to the CBC community. CSAP is a high throughput pipeline designed to produce the next generation of affinity reagents: customized synthetic antibodies (sABs). CBC researchers can nominate protein antigens as targets for sAB generation using existing technology.
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Globus Genomics for Core Labs

Globus Genomics is an end-to-end data management and large scale analysis service that addresses the challenges that researchers face when dealing with NGS analysis on a large scale. It combines state-of-the-art algorithms with sophisticated data management tools, a powerful graphical workflow environment, and a cloud-based elastic computational infrastructure. Globus Genomics is software-as-a-service, delivered as a monthly subscription with the appropriate level of resources to meet your specific needs. Globus Genomics is being used by over a dozen informatics cores, research groups at various universities. For a limited period, we are offering Globus Genomics for free for a month to qualified researchers in the CBC. Please contact or for more information.
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Circadian Clock Controls Insulin and Blood Sugar in Pancreas

November 16, 2015
The circadian clock is a molecular mechanism that regulates physiological responses of an organism to changes in the daily light cycle. Disruptions to the circadian clock have been linked to metabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. However, the exact mechanism underlying these disorders is poorly understood. Joseph Bass, a member of a CBC 2007 Catalyst team, is senior author on a recent Science paper, "Pancreatic β cell enhancers regulate rhythmic transcription of genes controlling insulin secretion," which provides new insights into how circadian regulatory processes impact pancreatic function. The work is a collaborative effort including several researchers from NU and UChicago.
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Microbes featured at the 13th Annual CBC Symposium

November 10, 2015
The 13th Annual CBC Symposium took place on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  This year’s topic, “The Unseen Majority: Microbes in Health and Disease”, was attended by over 250 students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and research scientists.  Attendees from the three CBC universities were joined by colleagues from multiple Chicago area universities as well as scientists from local biotechnology companies including AbbVie and Metabolon, Inc.
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Chicago Biomedical Consortium Quoted as an Exemplary Collaborative Initiative in Chicago

November 4, 2015
In an article, titled “Chicagoland CTSAs Collaborate to Advance Translational Research,” which appeared in the October 7, 2015 issue of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Newsletter, Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) was quoted as an exemplary collaborative initiative in Chicago.
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