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.

Announcement  I  Posted: May 23, 2019;  I  Updated: Oct. 21, 2019

RFA: CBC Accelerator Award
▸ Announcing next round of applications

CBC Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $100,000 for 1st year) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

*Application dates for round 4 LOIs: November 11-22, 2019

*Tentative and subject to change.

▸ Accelerator RFA

Announcement  I  Posted: September 1, 2019

RFA: CBC Catalyst Award
▸ Announcing next round of applications

Catalysts are one-time incentive awards (up to $250,000), focused on basic biological/ biomedical research with transformative potential, made to teams with principals and other strong representation from at least two of the CBC institutions.

Application dates for round 29: February 17-21, 2020

▸ Catalyst RFA

Announcement  I  Posted: September 30, 2019

RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows
▸ Not accepting new applications at this time

The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program identifies and supports the professional development of academic researchers who are keen to develop the skills and experiences needed to move translational projects from a university lab toward commercialization and potentially into a Chicago-based biotech start-up.

The CBC EF program has made commitments for the current positions and is not accepting new applications at this time. Applications submitted prior to October 1, 2019 will remain in the application pool and be considered for future positions.

▸ Entrepreneurial Fellows RFA

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Announcement  I  Posted: September 19, 2019

17th Annual CBC Symposium
▸ Epigenetics and Disease

SAVE THE DATE: October 30, 2020

Location: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 East Erie, Chicago, IL 60611

Organizers: Jim Audia (Chair; CBC), Lucy Godley (Co-Chair; CBC Scientific Director for UChicago) and Rick Morimoto (Co-Chair; CBC Scientific Director for NU).

Stellar lineup: Shelley Berger (UPenn), Peggy Goodell (Baylor College of Medicine), Chuan He (UChicago), Cigall Kadoch (Harvard/Dana Farber/Broad Institute), Danny Reinberg (NYU) and Ali Shilatifard (NU).

▸ Symposium 2020 Webpage

Announcement  I  Posted: April 18, 2019

Upcoming CBC Award Programs’ Information Sessions

Building on the success of the CBC Accelerator Award Information Session at Northwestern in December 2018, the CBC is planning a series of similar info sessions and/or workshops about both, the Accelerator and the Catalyst Award programs.

The info sessions in planning phase for 2019 include:

  • CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award Info Session at UIC (TBA)
  • CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award Info Session at UChicago (TBA)

More information coming up soon!

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Success Story  I  October 21, 2019

▸ Do you know how T cells discriminate between foreign and self-antigens?
Featuring CBC Awardees—Dibyendu Sasmal, Jun Huang & CBC ARB Member—Erin Adams, UChicago

Check out the recent publication in Cellular & Molecular Immunology reporting on the results from research partially sponsored by two CBC Awards! Congratulations!

Success Story  I  October 18, 2019

▸ 3D particle tracking in live cells
Featuring CBC Awardee—Norbert Scherer, UChicago

In a recent Nano Letters publication, CBC Awardee Norbert Scherer, UChicago, describes the development of a novel multifocal microscopy (MFM) capable of a simultaneous 3D tracking of multiple fluorescent particles in live cells with nanoscale resolution. Congratulations!

News  I  October 17, 2019

▸ CBC welcomes Carissa Heath!

The CBC is delighted to introduce Carissa Heath, the most recent CBC-Northwestern Entrepreneurial Fellow (EF).

Welcome on board!

Success Story  I  October 16, 2019

▸ Enhancer-hijacking in gastric cancer
Featuring CBC Senior Investigator—Kevin White, UChicago

Success Story  I  October 16, 2019

▸ Dissecting SOD2 tumorigenic properties
Featuring CBC Awardees—David Gius, NU and Jonna Frasor, UIC

▸ More news

Posted: October 4, 2019
Keystone Symposium — The Brain Therapeutics: Disruptive Technologies and Opportunities
Date: February 16—19, 2020
Location: Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Attention students and post-doctoral fellows: the KS scholarship deadline is fast approaching (Oct. 15!). Not only are KS Scholarships prestigious, but they also provide up-and-coming scientists with invaluable networking and career-development opportunities to advance their research, and careers. Awardees will present their work alongside field leaders, and be introduced to scientific and technological frontiers to inspire new, fruitful research directions and collaborations.
▸ Learn more

Posted: September 19, 2019
Tau2020 Global Conference
Date: February 12-13, 2020
Location: Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

In partnership with CurePSP and the Alzheimer’s Association, the Rainwater Foundation is a proud organizing sponsor of the Tau2020 Global Conference. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in research about the causes and treatments for tau-related diseases. Representatives from academia, industry, government, and the philanthropic/advocacy sector are encouraged to attend.
▸ Learn more

Posted: August 19, 2019
Job Opportunity: ClostraBio is seeking talented people!

ClostraBio is looking for a Scientific Operations Manager to drive the ongoing development of ClostraBio’s microbiome-modulating technologies. ClostraBio is a preclinical stage company creating new medicines to prevent and treat food allergy. These medicines work by altering the microbiome – the trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and related compounds – that live in the human gut. Founded in 2016 based on groundbreaking work from the University of Chicago, the company has raised $4.6M to date and now supports 4 employees through a sponsored research agreement with the University of Chicago.
▸ Learn more

Posted: August 8, 2018
New, Updated and Expanded Services provided by the University of Chicago Genomics Facility

The University of Chicago Genomics Facility has:

Posted: August 1, 2018 (Updated Oct. 5, 2018)
New Opportunities for the CBC Community

Northwestern’s NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology has a few opportunities for researchers in quantitative biology.

▸ More opportunities

Posted: September 9, 2019
Save the date: October 22, 2019
UChicago Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy
▸ 7th Annual Research Symposium
Transforming Suicide: Prevention, Care, Research, and Policy

Posted: October 17, 2019
Save the date: October 23, 2019
UIC Office of Technology Management
▸ Bringing New Technologies to Market

Posted: September 24, 2019
Save the date: October 24, 2019
▸ The AI & Neurosciences Summit

Posted: October 16, 2019
Save the date: October 29, 2019
UChicago Cancer Comprehensive Center
▸ Symposium: Driving Cancer Health Equity Through Advances in the Science of Disparities

Posted: June 12, 2019
Save the date: November 1, 2019
UICentre & Center for Clinical and Translational Science
▸ Drug Discovery Workshop: Phenotypic Drug Discovery: Why, When and How

Posted: October 21, 2019
Save the date: November 4, 2019
▸ 5th Annual Connections Matter:
Getting involved in the community!

Featuring: Dima Elissa, Co-Founder and CEO of VisMed3D, Alexandra Prokuda, Senior Director at C2ST and Jackie Loxman, Founder/Director of Girls 4 Science

Posted: October 17, 2019
Save the date: November 13-14, 2019
NU Center for Reproductive Science
▸ 2019 Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Science

Posted: October 17, 2019
Save the date: November 14, 2019
NU International Institute for Nanotechnology
▸ 2019 International Institute for Nanotechnology Symposium

▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship