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Updated: September 30, 2020

17th Annual CBC Symposium:

Epigenetics & Disease

Virtual Event

DATE: October 30, 2020
TIME: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
(Zoom waiting area opens at 9:15 AM)

Symposium Twitter Feed: @CBCsymp2020, #CBCsymp2020

Shelley Berger (UPenn), Peggy Goodell (Baylor College of Medicine), Chuan He (UChicago), Yuan He (Northwestern), Cigall Kadoch (Harvard/Dana Farber/Broad Institute) and Danny Reinberg (NYU).

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


Announcing Call for Posters!

For more information, to register and to learn about the symposium virtual poster session please go the symposium webpage or follow the links listed below.


Enjoy a promo video produced by Corinna Kitcharoen, CBC!

June 17, 2020

NOTE: The CBC Catalyst and Accelerator Award programs will not be accepting applications for the Fall 2020 rounds as we focus on the COVID-19 Response.

▸ COVID-19 Response Award
Not accepting new applications at this time

Announced on June 9, 2020, the CBC COVID-19 Response Award (up to $500,000) will support team Program Projects that engage investigators from all three CBC institutions to address SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 biomedical research.

▸ Catalyst Award
Not accepting new applications at this time

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.

▸ Accelerator Award
Not accepting new applications at this time

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

▸ 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 keen to develop the skills needed to move translational projects toward commercialization and potentially into a Chicago-based biotech start-up.

▸ More programs

SUCCESS STORY  I  September 28, 2020

▸ Illinois “Researchers to Know 2020” announced
Featuring eight CBC-university scientists

Eight researchers from CBC universities among nineteen distinguished scientists named “Researchers to Know 2020” at Illinois’ universities.



▸ Chicago Biological Consortium Awards $1.5 Million for COVID-19 Research
Featuring CBC COVID-19 Response Awarded Teams

Three multi-institutional teams of investigators from NU, UIC and UChicago will each receive $500,000 to pursue cutting-edge research.


“In the News”  I  September 11, 2020

▸ More than meets the eye, literally
Featuring CBC Awardees–Xincheng Yao, UIC and Tiffany Schmidt, NU

Recently awarded CBC Catalyst team to study novel, intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs), which, like the canonical rod and cone photoreceptors, can respond to light. Congratulations!

NEWS  I  September 9, 2020

▸ New Catalyst Awards Announced, R29 (Spring 2020) Application Round

CBC NEWSLETTER, VOL. 29  I  August 18, 2020

▸ Summer 2020 CBCeNews
Announcing the 17th Annual CBC Symposium: “Epigenetics & Disease”

▸ More news

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.

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Virtual Event
UIUC Research Park
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UIC College of Pharmacy
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