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.

Science spotlight

Anti-dicing Nuclease, a New Kid on the Block that Could Help Combat Cancer

Zain Paroo joined the UIC Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in December 2010. He was a recipient of a CBC Junior Investigator Award. Paroo is a senior author on a publication in the November 20, 2014 issue of Cell Reports entitled, “Rescuing dicer Defects via Inhibition of an Anti-dicing Nuclease.” The paper describes a pre-micro-RNA (pre-miRNA) degrading enzyme that competes with pre-miRNA processing by dicer. This pre-miRNA degrading enzyme could represent a novel therapeutic target for restoring miRNA levels in diseases associated with dicer deficiencies such as cancer.
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November 10, 2014
Chicago Biomedical Consortium announces $3 million Infrastructure Initiative

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is announcing a $3 million Infrastructure Initiative to promote investment in high-impact, next-generation scientific equipment at its member universities. The Initiative aims to make modern and powerful tools available to the CBC research community at a time when federal grants for scientific infrastructure are scarce.
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October 31, 2014
Protein Engineering featured at the 12th Annual CBC Symposium

“Protein Engineering: From Computers to Cells to Clinic” was the topic of the 12th Annual CBC Symposium which took place on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the UIC Forum. The symposium provided a thorough overview of the current status, challenges and exciting prospects in the field of protein engineering. Over 220 students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and research scientists attended the all day event.
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September 3, 2014
Chicago Biomedical Consortium: A Three-University Hub of Research

Leslie Mertz, a science writer for IEEE PULSE, wrote an article titled "Chicago Biomedical Consortium: A Three-University Hub of Research". The article was featured in IEEE PULSE on August 18, 2014.
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Celebrating! CBC-funded Research has now Generated 1,000 Publications!

The CBC is proud to announce that 1000 peer-reviewed publications have now been published as a result of CBC funding! The CBC Catalyst Award team of Kiyokawa (NU) and Yin (UChicago; currently Georgia State) has the honor of generating the 1,000th CBC publication, "SUMO-Mimicking Peptides Inhibiting Protein SUMOylation," which appeared online in ChemBioChem on November 20, 2014. To view the entire list of all 1,000 publications click here.

Exploratory Workshops: Applications now being accepted

CBC invites faculty members to apply for the Exploratory Workshops Program. Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, December 5, 2014.
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Today at NU, UChicago & UIC

TODAY is Tuesday, November 25, 2014

7:30 AM
NU Department of Surgery
Joseph Uzarski, MD, University of Florida
Use of Decellularized, 3D Whole-Kidney Extracellular Matrices for Modeling Renal Tubular Formation

11:30 AM
NU Rheumatology
Dr. John Varga, Northwestern University
Research in Motion

12:00 PM
NU Microbiology/Immunobiology
Eric Stabb, PhD, University of Georgia
Sensing More than a Quorum: the Role of Pheromones in the Light-Organ Symbiont Vibrio fischeri

12:00 PM
UChicago Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering
Adrienne Fairhall, Ph.D., University of Washington
Variability and learning in birdsong

12:45 PM
NU Department of Neurobiology
Said Kourrich, PhD, UT Southwestern
Cocaine-driven intrinsic plasticity in the nucleus accumbens: relevance to addiction

1:15 PM
UChicago Department of Chemistry
Dr. John Anderson, Northwestern University
From Molecules to Materials: Synthetic Iron Compounds as Constructs to Explore Biological Systems

4:00 PM
UChicago Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
John Rinn, PhD, Harvard University
Finding Treasures in our Junk DNA


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