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.
Posted: March 16, 2020

CBC operations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Please be advised that CBC leadership and staff are working remotely. To contact CBC members, please use email (CBC contact info is available on the CBC Leadership and CBC Staff Directory webpages, respectively).

Please always check our website for current updates regarding key dates for CBC programming and upcoming educational events.

For consortium-university-specific guidelines and updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the respective webpages at Northwestern, UChicago and UIC.

For local updates on COVID-19 visit City of Chicago and Illinois Department of Public Health website. For global updates, including government health guidelines, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resources Center (interactive map).

Right: Decrease Coronavirus Risk. Credit: Sporting KC.

Announcement  I  Updated: May 19, 2020

RFA: CBC Catalyst Award
▸ 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 collaborative teams with principals and other strong representation from at least two of the CBC institutions.

▸ Catalyst RFA

Announcement  I  Updated: May 19, 2020

RFA: CBC Accelerator Award
▸ Next round of applications

CBC Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $250,000) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

▸ Accelerator 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  Updated: March 27, 2020

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; Former CBC Executive Director), Lucy A. Godley (Co-Chair; CBC Scientific Director for UChicago) and Rick Morimoto (Co-Chair; CBC Interim Executive Director & CBC Scientific Director for NU).

SPEAKERS: 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).


Please note that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the CBC remains committed to holding our annual symposium either as an in-person or a virtual event (TBA). Please visit our website often for the most up-to-date announcements.

Registration and abstract submission portals are now OPEN and available from the symposium webpage (link below). Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020 @ 5:00 PM.

▸ Symposium 2020 Webpage

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Success story  I  June 4, 2020

▸ Could NAD-supplemented diet attenuate aging?
Featuring CBC Awardee–Joseph Bass, NU

It appears so, at least in mice, according to Joseph Bass, NU, senior author on a recent Molecular Cell publication which was partially supported by a CBC Spark Award. Congratulations!

“In-the-News”  I  May 28, 2020

▸ CBCAN gains “virtual” momentum
Featuring the CBC Accelerator Network (CBCAN)

The UChicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recognizes four UChicago teams pitching “ZOOM-live” at the Chicago Biomedical Consortium Accelerator Network (CBCAN) as part of a competition for the CBC Accelerator Award. Congrats to the five NU and three UIC teams which have also advanced!

COVID-19 RESEARCH  I  May 20, 2020

▸ A “quick and easy” COVID-19 test
Featuring CBC Awardees–Michael Jewett & Joshua Leonard, NU

This is a goal of NU scientists, including two past CBC awardees Michael Jewett and Joshua Leonard, who are co-PIs on a new NSF RAPID grant aiming to develop a one-stop infectious diseases testing device. Congratulations!

COVID-19 RESEARCH  I  May 20, 2020

▸ Will remdesivir-baricitinib combo synergize in fighting COVID-19?
Featuring CBC Member University–UIC

COVID-19 RESEARCH  I  May 8, 2020

▸ Could vitamin D help reduce severity of COVID-19 symptoms?
Featuring CBC Lever Awardee–Vadim Backman, NU

▸ More news

Posted: March 23, 2020
HHMI Opens New Program for Medically Trained Scientists
HHMI’s Medically Trained Scientists Program (MTS) seeks early career scientists with knowledge of human biology to move discovery science forward. MTS will ultimately invest up to $120 million in up to 40 fellows. MTS fellows are creative and highly committed individuals whose research will impact significant biological problems. Fellows are committed to careers in academic research and will receive long-term support as they transition through mentored postdoctoral training to independent faculty. Application due date August 11, 2020, 3:00 p.m. (ET).
▸ Learn more

Updated: April 14, 2020
Cures Within Reach Funding Opportunities
Cures Within Reach has several new funding opportunity Requests for Proposals including those available to faculty members at the CBC universities:

  • Up to $50,000 for repurposing research based in the Chicagoland area (proposals due June 1, 2020)

▸ Learn more and apply
▸ Serve as a Grant Reviewer

▸ More opportunities

NOTE: Please be advised that many events are being cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 pandemics. Please refer to the original postings as we do not always have access to the most recent updates.

Posted: May 28, 2020
Save the date: June 9, 2020
Virtual Event
Rosalind Franklin University & SmartHealth Activator
▸ Mining Midwest Biotech Treasures: Part Two
Featuring Tom Shehab, Managing Partner, Arboretum Ventures

Posted: June 2, 2020
Save the date: August 14, 2020
Virtual Event
UIC & Chicago Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group
▸ Chicago Mass Spec Day 2020

Posted: January 10, 2020
Save the date: November 6, 2020
UIC College of Pharmacy
▸ 11th Annual College of Pharmacy Research Day

▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship