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.

November 16, 2017
CBC Newsletter, Vol. 23
Announcing NEW Programs and Ongoing Funding Opportunities

CBC is proud to announce new programs in support of its Phase 2 mission.

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November 6, 2017
Nancy Tyrrell joins CBC as Associate Director for Translational Activities (ADTA)

Nancy Tyrrell, CBC

Nancy Tyrrell
CBC Associate Director for Translational Activities (ADTA)

We are pleased to welcome Nancy Tyrrell, a long-time friend of the CBC and a fixture in the Chicago life science community, as the new Associate Director for Translational Activities (ADTA) and the newest addition to the CBC team.

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November 21, 2017
Obesity-associated cancers are on a rise, warns Dr. Ernst Lengyel, UChicago, a CBC awardee and an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic malignancies

At the recent opening of the UChicago Medicine Family Birth Center, Dr. Ernst Lengyel discussed the less known but dramatic effects of obesity on cancer risk and progression, especially observed in women. He also emphasized the shocking lack of awareness among the population of this association between excess body fat and cancer. As the Arthur L. and Lee G. Herbst Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at UChicago Medicine, Dr. Lengyel has many links to the CBC. In 2013 he was a co-organizer and a speaker at the CBC Ovarian Cancer Workshop. He is also a recipient of a CBC HTS Award (2013) and a CBC Postdoctoral Award (2014), the latter being renewed for 2015.

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November 21, 2017
Acoustics to the rescue—an ultrasound-based live microscopy technique developed by a CBC awardee, Vinayak Dravid, NU.

Congratulations to Vinayak Dravid, NU, senior author on a recent publication in Science Advances, titled “Development of ultrasound bioprobe for biological imaging.” The paper describes significant progress that has been made in non-invasive, high-resolution ultrasound imaging of biological systems by using acoustics under physiological conditions. Dravid is a co-recipient of a CBC Spark Award (2009) for the project: “Support for an Innovative CryoSTEM for Element Specific Imaging of Cells and Tissue.”

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November 20, 2017
Small Molecule Discovery of the highest caliber at 15th Annual CBC Symposium

On Friday, November 17, the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) held its 15th Annual Symposium, focused this year on Small Molecule Discovery. Executive Director Jim Audia and Scientific Directors, Brian Kay (UIC) and Rick Morimoto (NU), served as hosts for the event. Interest in the meeting was extremely high as more than 300 registered for the meeting. Those who attended the event at UIC’s Forum were treated to an outstanding scientific program, a robust poster session with 40 poster presentations, an informative presentation covering the CBC’s newly launched Accelerator Award program over lunch, and a reception to conclude the event.

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October 18, 2017   (Updated: November 20, 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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Featured Events

April 25-26, 2018
UChicago Computation Institute
GlobusWorld 2018: Connecting your Research Universe

May 10, 2018
NU Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
24th Annual Alzheimer Day

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Biotech & Entrepreneurship
POSTED: October 20, 2017
NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement
Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs for IDeA States (STTR)
Deadline: January 5, 2018

January 30-31, 2018
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

PROPEL is hosting this 2-day Intensive Workshop, provided by BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc), that will cover all aspects of writing SBIR/STTR grants focused on life science technologies including: eligibility, sources of funding and agency differences, understanding what reviewers look for, step-by-step instruction on how to write each section of your proposal.
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