Homepage Archives 2014

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2014

December 15, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
Stunning zinc fireworks when egg meets sperm
Congratulations to CBC Spark Award team members Tom O’Halloran and Vinayak Dravid who are senior authors on a December 15, 2014 publication in Nature Chemistry: "Quantitative mapping of zinc fluxes in the mammalian egg reveals the origin of fertilization-induced zinc sparks." The publication culminates 6 years of collaborative studies that have been supported in part by a CBC Spark Award in 2009. (more info)


December 10, 2014
CBC NEWSLETTER, VOL. 12
CBC 2014 Milestones and Spring 2015 Funding Opportunities
The CBC wishes you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very happy New Year! Our WINTER NEWSLETTER includes 2014 milestones, new resources available to the CBC community, spring 2015 funding opportunities and links to recent press articles about the CBC. Enjoy!


December 5, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites new Postdoctoral Research Grant Applications
CBC invites postdoctoral fellows at NU, UIC and UChicago to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) for the approaching Spring 2015 Postdoctoral Research Grant Application round. The LOI submission site will open on Wednesday, January 7 and close at 5 PM on Friday, January 16, 2015. (see Postdoctoral Research Grant RFA; revised Dec 2, 2014)


December 1, 2014
REPORT
CIMposium: Moving Your Invention to Patients
Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) CIMposium, “Moving Your Invention to Patients,” was held November 20, 2014 at the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) in Hyde Park. It was the first of 4 CIMposia planned for 2014-2015 and designed to focus on regulatory issues, requirements and steps necessary to move novel discoveries towards commercialization. (more info)


November 24, 2014
NEWS
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.


November 20, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
Exploratory Workshops: Applications now being accepted
CBC invites faculty members to apply for the Exploratory Workshops Program. Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, December 5, 2014. (CBC Exploratory Workshops Program Description and RFA)


November 14, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
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. (more info)


November 10, 2014
PRESS RELEASE
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. (more info)


October 31, 2014
REPORT
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. (more info)


October 29, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
Activity in Dendrites is Critical in Memory Formation
Daniel Dombeck joined Northwestern University in February 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology. He was one of six outstanding Assistant Professors recruited to CBC institutions that received a CBC Junior Investigator Award. Dombeck is the senior author on a report published in the October 26, 2014 issue of Nature entitled, "Calcium transient prevalence across the dendritic arbour predicts place field properties." The paper describes a novel role that dendrites may play in memory formation. (more info)


October 22, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
Notable Publications attributed to the CBC Funding
The CBC is pleased to share several reports that were published during September-October 2014 and are attributed to the CBC funding. Congratulations to the CBC award recipients! (more info)


October 21, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
Calling all Healthcare Technology Innovators, Pioneers and Disruptors
MATTER, the soon-to-open healthcare technology innovation hub is now accepting applications for its first members to join the community in early 2015. Collaborate, Connect And Create new products that impact patient lives. Learn more at http://www.matterchicago.com today.


October 21, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Applications for the HTS Supplemental Grant Program
The CBC invites CBC university affiliates of any rank to submit applications to the CBC HTS Supplemental Grant Program. Application submission opens November 11, 2014. Submission deadline is 5pm, November 18, 2014. NOTE: The RFA has been revised on September 5, 2014. (HTS Supplemental Grant Program Description and RFA)


September 29, 2014
REPORT
2014 CBC Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics
The seventh CBC Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics took place August 11-14 at the CBC/UIC Mass Spectrometry Metabolomics and Proteomics Facility (MMPF) on UIC’s West Campus. The intense 4-day course included in-depth training in the basics of mass spectrometry, proteomics and bioinformatics, with the final days of the workshop being devoted to advanced topics in these areas. (more info)


September 22, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Symposium — Protein Engineering: From Computers to Cells to Clinic
The 12th Annual CBC Symposium, titled: Protein Engineering: From Computers to Cells to Clinic, will take place on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Campus. For more information and program details click on the link below. (Symposium webpage)


September 19, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Scholars "Loop Connections" Seminar
CBC Scholars invite all to a "Loop Connections" Seminar to be held on Monday, November 17, 2014, at UIC campus. The seminar will feature Joanna E. Burdette (UIC) & Julie Kim (NU). (event details)


September 12, 2014
NEWS
CBC Announces 2014 Spring Round Catalyst Awards
The CBC is pleased to announce that four teams received Catalyst Awards in 2014 Spring application round. (more info)


September 10, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Scholars "Loop Connections" Seminar
CBC Scholars invite all to a "Loop Connections" Seminar to be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at UChicago campus.The seminar will feature Lee Miller (NU) & Nicho Hastopoulos (UChicago). (event details)


September 3, 2014
“IN THE NEWS”
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. (more info)


September 2, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
Exploratory Workshops: Applications now being accepted
CBC invites faculty members to apply for the Exploratory Workshops Program. Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, September 5, 2014. (CBC Exploratory Workshops Program Description and RFA)


September 2, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Symposium: Registration now open
The 12th Annual CBC Symposium, titled: Protein Engineering: From computers to cells to clinic, will take place on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Campus. The registration and abstract submission are now open and will close at noon, Friday, September 12, 2014. (Symposium webpage)


August 18, 2014
NEWS
Spring 2014 Postdoctoral Research Awards announced
The CBC is pleased to announce that 35 Postdoctoral Research Awards were made in 2014 Spring application round. The awarded projects will be conducted in the core facilities located at the three CBC universities. (more info)


August 18, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Catalyst Award Applications
The CBC’s Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for one- or two-year new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Fall 2014 Round online submission is now open. Proposal submission deadline is 5pm, Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Catalyst RFA)


August 12, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Catalyst Award Applications
The CBC’s Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for one- or two-year new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Fall 2014 Round online submission will open on August 18, 2014. Proposal submission deadline is 5pm, Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Catalyst RFA)


August 12, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Symposium: Registration now open
The 12th Annual CBC Symposium, titled: Protein Engineering: From computers to cells to clinic, will take place on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Campus. The registration and abstract submission are now open. (Symposium webpage)


August 1, 2014
REPORT
Open Access to Core Facilities: Town Hall Meeting
In June, 2014, core facility administrators from CBC universities hosted a Town Hall meeting (as part of CBC Tech Day) to discuss details of how this initiative will work. The goal of the meeting was to allow core directors and managers an opportunity to ask questions to senior administrators about the initiative. Approximately 50 core facility directors, managers and staff attended the meeting held at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. (more info)


July 23, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites new Postdoctoral Research Grant Applications
The Application submission site is now open and will close at 5 PM on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. ONLY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS WHO SUBMITTED LOIs ARE ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS. (see Postdoctoral Research Grant RFA; revised May 22, 2014)


July 23, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
Registration EXTENDED for 2014 CBC Summer 2014 Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics
CBC invites postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, staff, and faculty to participate in our 7th annual hands-on Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics at the CBC/UIC Mass spectrometry Metabolomics and Proteomics Facility, August 11-14, 2014. For more information and registration details click here.


July 10, 2014
REPORT
The CBC Vascular Biology Exploratory Workshop
The CBC Exploratory Vascular Biology Workshop took place on June 14, 2014 at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University. The goal of the workshop was to initiate the development of a Chicago-based vascular research consortium that will foster new collaborative research groups. (more info)


July 2, 2014
REPORT
CBC Tech Day 2014 Drives Science Forward
The CBC hosted its second Tech Day event Cutting-Edge Technologies – Driving Science Forward, on June 16, 2014. Over 220 researchers attended the panel discussions and short presentations, which highlighted current biomedical technologies, exciting new and advanced technologies, and ideas for future cores. (more info)


June 25, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites new Postdoctoral Research Grant Applications
CBC invites postdoctoral fellows at NU, UIC and UChicago to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) for the approaching Fall 2014 Postdoctoral Research Grant Application round. The LOI submission site is now open and will close at 5 PM on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (see Postdoctoral Research Grant RFA; revised May 22, 2014)


June 23, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
Self-assembling Nanomaterials to boost Biomedical Applications
Joel Collier (UChicago), together with Chad Mirkin and Milan Mrksich (NU), and David Eddington (UIC) received a CBC Lever Award in 2010 for a project titled: Nanomaterials for Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics. The CBC Lever Award matched a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Award to help establish a collaborative network of Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNEs). Collier is a senior author on a paper, “Gradated assembly of multiple proteins into supramolecular nanomaterials”, that was published June 15, 2014 in Nature Materials and is attributed to the CBC Lever Award. The reported novel technology is likely to be utilized in a variety of biomedical applications such as diagnostics, vaccines and other therapeutics. (more info)


June 18, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites new Postdoctoral Research Grant Applications
CBC invites postdoctoral fellows at NU, UIC and UChicago to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) for the approaching Fall 2014 Postdoctoral Research Grant Application round. The LOI submission site will open on Wednesday, June 25 and close at 5 PM on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (see Postdoctoral Research Grant RFA; revised May 22, 2014)


June 18, 2014
NEWS
CBC Scholar Stefan Kathman receives the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Predoctoral Fellowship
The CBC is proud to announce that CBC Scholar Stefan Kathman has received an ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Congratulations Stefan! (more info)


June 5, 2014
NEWS
CBC Announces 2013 Fall Round HTS Awards
The CBC is pleased to announce that seven HTS Awards were made in 2013 Fall application round. The awarded projects will be conducted in the HTS facilities located at the three CBC universities. (more info)


June 4, 2014
NEWS
CBC Announces 2013 Fall Round Catalyst Awards
» Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD and Tong-Chuan He, MD, PhD (UChicago) and Guillermo Ameer, ScD, (NU) for project: Craniofacial Tissue Engineering with Citric-Acid Based Nanocomposite Scaffolds
» Tao Pan, PhD and Marsha Rosner, PhD (UChicago) and Hidayatullah G. Munshi, MD (NU) for project: Extra-translational Function of Transfer RNA as Regulators of Cellular Processes
» Phoebe A. Rice, PhD (UChicago) and H. Steven Seifert, PhD (NU) for project: Structural Basis for RecA Filament Nucleation by the Neisseria PilE G Quadruplex Motif
» Lee Miller, PhD (NU) and Sliman Bensmaia, PhD (UChicago) for project: Probing Somatosensory Representations in the Brainstem of Awake Monkeys
» Michael J. Federle, PhD (UIC) and Matthew Tirrell, PhD (UChicago) for project: Immunotherapy-Mediated Interference of Bacterial Quorum Sensing
» Godfrey S. Getz, MD, PhD (UChicago) and Edward Thorp, PhD (NU) for project: ApoA-I Mediated Regulation of Inflammation and Heart Repair after Heart Attack


June 2, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Tech Day: "Cutting-Edge Technologies — Driving Science Forward"
CBC Tech Day, "Cutting-Edge Technologies — Driving Science Forward" will take place on June 16, 2014, at Prentice Women’s Hospital on Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus. For program and registration details click here.


May 23, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
Registration for CBC Tech Day EXTENDED
CBC Tech Day, "Cutting-Edge Technologies — Driving Science Forward" will take place on June 16, 2014, at Prentice Women’s Hospital on Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus. Online registration and poster abstract submission is extended to 5 PM, Friday, May 30, 2014. For program and registration details click here.


May 21, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
Registration open for 2014 CBC Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics
CBC invites postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, staff, and faculty to participate in our 7th annual hands-on Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics at the CBC/UIC Mass spectrometry Metabolomics and Proteomics Facility, August 11-14, 2014. For more information and registration details click here.


May 19, 2014
PRESS RELEASE
Open Access Initiative Announced
With the help of the CBC, investigators can now use core facilities at all three CBC universities at "in house" cost. CBC University Provosts have signed a pioneering Memorandum of Understanding that allows researchers from the three schools to access a partner’s instrumentation and expertise without paying additional F&A charges. (more info)


May 6, 2014
CBC NEWSLETTER, VOL. 11
CBC Funding Deadlines and Events
CBC invites new applications in several award programs. In addition, new CBC-sponsored educational opportunities in biomedical sciences are announced. (more info)


April 30, 2014
NEWS
Neil Kelleher Named Allen Distinguished Investigator
On April 11, 2014, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation named CBC Investigator Neil Kelleher, PhD, as one of three recipients of the prestigious Allen Distinguished Investigators (ADI) award. The $1 million award will support Kelleher’s pathbreaking work in the field of human cell lineage. Kelleher received a CBC Recruitment Resources Award in 2010 when he joined Northwestern University as a faculty member in both the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Proteomics Center of Excellence (PCE). (more info)


April 24, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
Registration open for CBC Tech Day: Cutting-Edge Technologies — Driving Science Forward
CBC Tech Day, "Cutting-Edge Technologies — Driving Science Forward" will take place on June 16, 2014, at Prentice Women’s Hospital on Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus. Online registration and poster abstract submission are now open and will close at 5 PM, Friday, May 23, 2014. For program and registration details click here.


April 18, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
How Immune Cells Tell Healthy And Diseased Cells Apart
Greg Titjen, PhD, was selected as a CBC Scholar in 2012, when he was a graduate student in the Department of Biophysical Sciences & Institute for Biophysical Dynamics at the University of Chicago. He was supervised by two co-mentors, Erin Adams, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics (specializing in the immune system), and Ka Yee Lee, professor of chemistry. This unique collaboration enabled Greg to comprehensively study the role of the cell membranes lipids in the process of immunorecognition. Greg’s results were published in the March 31, 2014 issue of PNAS: “Molecular mechanism for differential recognition of membrane phosphatidylserine by the immune regulatory receptor Tim4.” (more info)


April 15, 2014
REPORT
Fifth Annual CBC Scholars Scientific Exchange
The Fifth Annual CBC Scholars Scientific Exchange was held on March 28, 2014. Sixteen CBC Scholars gathered downtown Chicago at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center for the annual all day meeting. (more info)


April 7, 2014
REPORT
”Bringing STEM Home” – CBC Scholars volunteer at 64th Annual CPS Science Fair
Once again, members of the CBC Scholars Program volunteered their time and knowledge to help judge at the 64th Annual Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Science Fair. On March 23rd, 2014, nine CBC Scholars took a morning off from the laboratory and headed to the Museum of Science and Industry to take a look at what the next generation of scientists has been working on in the past year. Four Scholars from the Class of 2013 and five from the Class of 2014 judged middle school and high school science projects in fields ranging from Biochemistry and Physics to Microbiology and Chemistry. (more info)


April 4, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
SAVE THE DATE: CBC Tech Day: Cutting-Edge Technologies — Driving Science Forward
The CBC Tech Day, entitled "Cutting-Edge Technologies — Driving Science Forward" will take place on June 16, 2014, at the Prentice Women’s Hospital at the Northwestern University Chicago Campus. Program and registration details coming up soon. (more info)


April 4, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
HTS Supplemental Grant Program: Applications now being accepted
The CBC invites CBC university affiliates of any rank to submit applications to the CBC HTS Supplemental Grant Program. Application submission is now open. Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, April 11, 2014. NOTE: The RFA has been revised on March 19, 2014. (HTS Supplemental Grant Program Description and RFA)


April 1, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT: High-throughput screen promises to combat C. difficile
The CBC team of Arnon Lavie and Michael Caffrey from UIC and Wayne Anderson from NU received a CBC High Throughput Screening (HTS) Supplemental Grant in June 2013. On February 21, 2014, the team’s results, entitled “Discovery of Selective Inhibitors of the Clostridium difficile Dehydroquinate Dehydratase,” were published in PLoS One. Using a HTS screening facility at UIC, the team identified three new compounds that have the potential to become novel antibiotics to fight the notoriously difficult to treat and often life-threatening gastrointestinal infections caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile. The paper represents the first success story coming out of the CBC HTS Award program. (more info)


March 24, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
Misplaced protein provides promising drug target to treat kidney cancer
Kevin White is the recipient of the first CBC Senior Investigator Award (2006) which supported his recruitment to the University of Chicago as professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and of Ecology and Evolution and director of the then new Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology (IGSB). White is a senior author on a paper published March 20 in Cancer Cell, entitled "SPOP Promotes Tumorigenesis by Acting as a Key Regulatory Hub in Kidney Cancer. " The paper provides important insights into the roles that hypoxia and a hypoxia-sensitive nuclear protein called SPOT play in the pathogenesis of human kidney cancer. (more info)


March 19, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Applications for the HTS Supplemental Grant Program
The CBC invites CBC university affiliates of any rank to submit applications to the CBC HTS Supplemental Grant Program. Application submission opens April 4, 2014. Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, April 11, 2014. NOTE: The RFA has been revised on March 19, 2014. (HTS Supplemental Grant Program Description and RFA)


March 18, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Applications for the HTS Supplemental Grant Program
The CBC invites CBC university affiliates of any rank to submit applications to the CBC HTS Supplemental Grant Program. Application submission opens April 4, 2014. Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, April 11, 2014. NOTE: The RFA has been revised on March 18, 2014. (HTS Supplemental Grant Program Description and RFA)


March 18, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
Environmental Factors tied to Autism and Intellectual Disability
Andrey Rzhetsky (UChicago), Edwin Cook (UIC), and Richard Morimoto (NU) received a CBC Lever Award in May 2012, to support the Silvio O. Conte Center on the Computational Systems Genomics of Psychiatric Disorders. On March 13, 2014, members of the CBC Lever team, Rzhetsky and Cook, published new, provocative results of their collaborative efforts in PLoS Computational Biology, entitled “Environmental and State-Level Regulatory Factors Affect the Incidence of Autism and Intellectual Disability.” The study, which strengthens the notion that the environmental factors may contribute into the development of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability, has quickly gained national and international attention. (more info)


March 14, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Applications for the HTS Supplemental Grant Program
The CBC invites CBC university affiliates of any rank to submit applications to the CBC HTS Supplemental Grant Program. Application submission opens April 4, 2014. Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, April 11, 2014. NOTE: The RFA has been revised on March 14, 2014. (HTS Supplemental Grant Program Description and RFA)


March 13, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
Of unstable genomes, lymphomas, mice and men
In 2011, Fotini Gounari (UChicago) and Steven Rosen (NU) received a CBC Catalyst Award for a project titled “The Molecular Basis of Genomic Instability: A Genome Wide Approach.” On January 7, 2014, the paper reporting the results of this collaboration (“β-Catenin induces T-cell transformation by promoting genomic instability”) was published in PNAS. In the paper, Gounari and Rosen describe their investigation of a transgenic mouse strain that constitutively expresses active β-catenin in the developing thymocytes. These mice, with time, develop genomically unstable T-cell lymphomas, reminiscent of human T-cell leukemia. The article provides exciting insights into the molecular mechanisms contributing to the development of these hematological neoplasms. (more info)


March 5, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Catalyst Award Applications: EXTENDED DEADLINE
The CBC’s Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for one- or two-year new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Spring 2014 Round online submission in now open. Proposal submission deadline is NOW EXTENDED to 5pm, Friday, March 7, 2014. (Catalyst RFA)


February 26, 2014
“IN THE NEWS”
Tribute to the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
In an article titled “The Searle Family: Encouraging Entrepreneurship, Igniting Innovation,” published in the Winter 2013 issue of BioLogical Quarterly (BQ), Jed Weiner presents the Searle family as quiet but remarkably effective contributors to Chicago’s growing scientific and entrepreneurial recognition. The author singles out the CBC as an “organization that has produced impressive results from the grants it has received from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.” (more info)


February 24, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Catalyst Award Applications
The CBC’s Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for one- or two-year new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Spring 2014 Round online submission in now open. Proposal submission deadline is 5pm, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Catalyst RFA)


February 4, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Applications for the HTS Supplemental Grant Program
The CBC invites CBC university affiliates of any rank to submit applications to the CBC HTS Supplemental Grant Program. Application submission opens April 4, 2014. Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, April 11, 2014. (HTS Supplemental Grant Program Description and RFA)


February 3, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites New Catalyst Award Applications
The CBC’s Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for one- or two-year new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Spring 2014 Round online submission will open on February 24, 2014. Proposal submission deadline is 5pm, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Catalyst RFA)


February 3, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
Exploratory Workshops: Applications now being accepted
CBC invites faculty members to apply for the Exploratory Workshops Program. Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, March 7, 2014. (CBC Exploratory Workshops Program Description and RFA)


January 21, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant Program: RFA revised 01/07/14
Due to the high level of interest in this program, applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to submission of an actual application. LOI submission is now closed. Proposal submission opens Monday, January 27, and closes Friday, January 31, 2014. Only applicants who submitted LOI are eligible to submit complete applications. (CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant Description, RFA and LOI Submission)


January 07, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant Program: RFA revised 01/07/14
Due to the high level of interest in this program, applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to submission of an actual application. LOI submission is now open and will close at 5 PM, Friday, January 17, 2014. (CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant Description, RFA and LOI Submission)


January 06, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant Program: RFA revised 01/06/14
The CBC is pleased to announce the initiation of a new program, the CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant Program. This program is designed to fund innovative research conducted by postdoctoral fellows under the supervision of their faculty advisor/mentor in core research facilities at the CBC universities. The program will accept applications twice a year. Spring 2014 submissions deadline: 5PM on January 31, 2014. (CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant Description and RFA)


January 03, 2014
SUCCESS STORY
SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT: Sortilins get a new delivery route
Aaron Turkewitz (UChicago) and Scott Brady (UIC) received a CBC Catalyst Award in 2010 entitled "Critical Components in Regulated Secretion." Using the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila as a model system, Turkewitz and his team studied the molecular mechanisms of secretion. Their findings, recently reported in the Journal of Cell Biology and featured on the journal cover, suggest that a dual mechanism is involved in sorting proteins into mucocysts, the secretory granule-like vesicles in Tetrahymena. Surprisingly, the assembly of mucocysts requires proteins that are classically associated with lysosome biogenesis. (more info)