Homepage Archives 2016

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2016

December 21, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
New Technique Switches Key Biomolecules “on” and “off”
CBC Catalyst Award (2013) to Andrei Karginov (UIC) and Michael Glotzer (UChicago)
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December 21, 2016
“IN THE NEWS”
CBC-Facilitated Collaborative Science Initiative Renewed
As published in the Northwestern Research News, the Open Access Initiative, an agreement facilitated by the CBC and signed in May 2014 by the provosts of the CBC universities, begins its third year of strengthening biomedical research and inter-university-collaboration.
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December 12, 2017
SUCCESS STORY
An important insight into the kinetics of interactions between antibiotics and ribosomes revealed in the new study from the Mankin group, UIC
Congratulations to Alexander Mankin and his team from UIC, for the new publication in PNAS: “Kinetics of drug–ribosome interactions defines the cidality of macrolide antibiotics.” The study, which compared the binding and dissociation kinetics of bacteriostatic and bactericidal antibiotics to ribosomes suggests that it is the prolonged attachment (or slow dissociation rate) of the antibiotic to a ribosome that infers its -cidal property; likely by a mechanism of time-dependent depletion of factors required for proper translation. The finding opens new possibilities into designing “more sticky” or more slowly dissociating bactericidal antibiotics. Mankin has been affiliated with CBC since 2009 when he received a CBC Spark Award. The same year he was also an invited speaker at the 7th Annual CBC Symposium: “The Biology of Non-Coding RNAs: Old Molecules, New Actions.” In addition, Mankin served on the CBC Spark Review Panel (2010-2011).
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November 31, 2016
NEWS
CBC Colleague Receives the UIC Innovator of the Year Award
Congratulations to Greg Thatcher of UIC, an active CBC participant and recipient of two recent CBC HTS Awards, for being honored the UIC Innovator of the Year!
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November 30, 2016
NEWS
CBC Announces 2015 Fall round and 2016 Spring round HTS Awards
The CBC is pleased to announce that seven HTS Awards were made in 2015 Fall application round and five in 2016 Spring application round.
▸ 2015 Fall HTS Awards
▸ 2016 Spring HTS Awards


November 21, 2016
REPORT
Recognizing the Significance of Genetics in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
The 14th Annual CBC Symposium, “Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders,” took place on Friday, November 11, 2016, in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago campus.
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November 18, 2016
NEWS
2016 Spring Round Catalyst Awards Announced
The CBC is pleased to announce that five teams received Catalyst Awards in 2016 Spring application round.
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November 8, 2016
success story
CBC Catalyst Award (2012) to John O’Bryan (UIC) and Shohei Koide (NYU; at UChicago at the time of the award)
CBC Funded Researchers Discover a Way to Inhibit a Major Cancer Gene


October 31, 2016
success story
CBC Spark Award (2011) to Nissim Hay (UIC), Joseph Bass (NU), Graeme Bell and Louis Philipson (UChicago)
Muscles Have Circadian Clocks that Control Exercise Response


October 22, 2016
“in the news”
Kudos to CBC for its Infrastructure support!
Recent article in the Northwestern Research News, titled “Structural Biology Facility Helping Reveal Life’s Building Blocks,” praises CBC support and its positive impact on Chicago universities.
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October 22, 2016
biotech
PROPEL: SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
Jan 24 – 25, 2017 @ 9am – 4pm @ MATTER
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.
▸ Register here


September 30, 2016
news
Dr. Milan Mrksich Receives the 2016 iCON Innovator Award
Dr. Milan Mrksich, Professor at NU and CBC researcher, received the iCON Innovator Award at the Annual iBIO iCON Awards Dinner on September 22, 2016. Dr. Mrksich was recognized as a leader in the science and engineering of materials that interact with biological tissues and environments.
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September 29, 2016
biotech
MATTER Forum: Innovations in Genomics
Monday, Oct. 17, 4:30pm – 7:00pm
MATTER is holding a forum on genomic innovations to discuss some of the exciting discoveries and ways forward as well as potential obstacles, bringing together relevant stakeholders in the healthcare community. All are invited.
▸ Register here


September 21, 2016
announcement
Follow the CBC on Tweeter @CBC_ChiBiomed!


September 21, 2016
success story
Lever Award (2015) to Vadim Backman (NU), Lucy Godley (UChicago) and Jack Kaplan (UIC):
Researchers Discover that DNA Naturally Fluoresces


September 21, 2016
announcement
REGISTER NOW!
14th Annual CBC Symposium

Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
November 11, 2016
UChicago Campus /Ida Noyes Hall
REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT. 7


September 21, 2016
News
ComSciCon-Chicago hosts second annual conference
The conference took place at NU Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center and brought together 50 graduate students from 12 different institutions including NU, UChicago, UIC, and UIUC. The CBC co-sponsored the event.
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September 16, 2016
News
CBC Accomplishments 2016 Announced
CBC invites all to read about its accomplishments in 2016. Also, Perspectives 2016 are now published and available to download.
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September 12, 2016
Success Story
Catalyst Award (2014) to Erik Andersen (NU) and Ilya Ruvinsky (UChicago):
Male Chemistry Primes Females for Reproduction — But at a Cost


August 12, 2016
News
Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Postdoctoral Research (PDR) Awards Announced
The CBC is pleased to announce that sixteen PDR Awards were made in Fall 2015 round and nineteen in Spring 2016. The awarded projects will be conducted in the core facilities located at the three CBC universities.
▸ Fall 2015 PDR Awards
▸ Spring 2016 PDR Awards


August 11, 2016
News
Fall 2015 Postdoctoral Research (PDR) Awards Announced
The CBC is pleased to announce that sixteen PDR Awards were made in Fall 2015 round. The awarded projects will be conducted in the core facilities located at the three CBC universities.
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July 21, 2016
CBC Newsletter, Vol. 18
Inviting New Proposals; New UChicago Scientific Director; Symposium Update and New Website
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July 13, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
HTS Award (2013) to Dane Chetkovich and Ye Han (NU):
▸ New Antidepressant Target Discovered by CBC-Funded Researchers


July 12, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
With CBC Support, Scientists Identify Neurochemical Signal Likely Missing in Parkinson’s
Congratulations to a 2011 CBC Recruitment award recipient, Daniel Dombeck (UChicago), senior author on a recent publication in Nature: “Rapid signalling in distinct dopaminergic axons during locomotion and reward.”
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July 7, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
CBC Funding Helps Develop Injectable Biomaterial that could be used to Manipulate Organ Behavior
Congratulations to a 2014 CBC Postdoctoral Research award recipient, Yucai Wang, who is a co-author on a recent publication in Nature Materials: “Heterogeneous silicon mesostructures for lipid-supported bioelectric interfaces.” Wang contributed to the published work during his postdoctoral studies in Bozhi Tian’s lab at the Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago.
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June 30, 2016
announcement
CBC Accomplishments to date
Explore the new Accomplishments webpage summarizing CBC’s 10 years of activity.


June 22, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
CBC Funding Helps to Understand Pancreatic Cancer Cells
Catalyst team of Hidayatullah Munshi (NU), and Marsha Rosner and Tao Pan (UChicago) publishes their work in June 2016 issue of Scientific Reports.
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June 17, 2016
Biotech NEWS
Milan Mrksich Receives the 2016 iCON Innovator Award
Congratulations to Milan Mrksich, PhD, of Northwestern University, for being named the recipient of the 2016 iCON Innovator Award. Mrksich is the seventh iCON Innovator Award recipient who has strong ties to the CBC.
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June 16, 2016
Biotech News
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
PROPEL invites all to the life sciences SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop led by BBCetc to be held at MATTER.
Workshop on September 27-28 ▸ Register here


June 14, 2016
news
CBC-Funded Project Plays a Major Role in a Presidential Initiative
The CBC is proud of its early contribution in the establishment of the Genomic Data Commons (GDC) at the University of Chicago.
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June 8, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT
The CBC Website upgrade complete
Enjoy new features and functionality! If you have questions and/or comments, contact the


June 7, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT
Enjoy a Preview of the Upcoming 14th Annual CBC Symposium!
▸ CBC YouTube


June 7, 2016
Biotech News
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
PROPEL invites all to the SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop led by BBCetc to be held at MATTER on June 15-16, 2016. This 2-day intensive grant writing workshop will be focused on life sciences technologies and is excellent prep for any startup considering a submission for NIH, NSF or DoD life sciences SBIRs or STTRs. Attendees must register by June 9, 2016.
▸ Workshop Registration

CIM@MATTER CIMposium – Marketing Plans and Market Entry Strategies
June 15, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
MATTER – 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1230, Chicago, IL 60654
▸ Register here

PROPEL Summer 2016 Startup Series
PROPEL, EnterpriseWorks Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory invite all to a series of seminars designed to help innovators get an overview of the path to launching a complex science-based technology venture/startup.
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June 5, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Website upgrade
The website is undergoing an upgrade. Certain links may not work properly. We anticipate the upgrade to be completed by June 10, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


May 27, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC invites new Catalyst proposals
Deadline: Aug. 12, 2016
▸ Catalyst Award RFA


April 15, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT
Introducing New Scientific Director
Lucy Godley, MD, PhD, has become the new CBC Scientific Director for The University of Chicago.
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April 7, 2016
Biotech News

iBIO IndEx 2016
Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) invites all to iBIO IndEx 2016 on April 19-20, 2016 at Hilton Orrington/Evanston. Connect with the Midwest life sciences community at this exclusive industry expo.
▸ iBIO Index 2016 Registration

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
PROPEL invites all to the SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop led by BBCetc to be held at MATTER on June 15-16, 2016. This 2-day intensive grant writing workshop will be focused on life sciences technologies and is excellent prep for any startup considering a submission for NIH, NSF or DoD life sciences SBIRs or STTRs.
▸ Workshop Registration


March 31, 2016
CBC Newsletter, Vol. 17
CBC Funding Programs Deadlines, Upcoming Events and News
CBC invites new applications for the three award programs listed in the Newsletter. Please note that this is the LAST TIME that the Exploratory Workshops and the HTS Supplementary Grant programs will be offered. This year’s CBC Annual Symposium, “Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders,” will take place on November 11. SAVE THE DATE! Finally, join us in congratulating CBC researchers on their recent discoveries that are featured in the Science Spotlights!
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March 29, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
Crucial Step in Red Blood Cell Development Discovered
Congratulations to CBC Catalyst team members Peng Ji of Northwestern and Amittha Wickrema of the University of Chicago for their recent publication in Cell Development: “Nuclear Condensation during Mouse Erythropoiesis Requires Caspase-3-Mediated Nuclear Opening.” Ji and Wickrema received a Catalyst award in 2014 for the project: “Nuclear Opening and Histone Release in Mammalian Terminal Erythropoiesis.” The authors describe an unusual finding: a dynamic opening in the nuclear membrane of immature erythrocytes. This transient “hole” channels out nuclear proteins doomed for degradation during the final process of erythrocytes maturation.
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March 29, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT
Winter/Spring 2016 Application Deadlines

Exploratory Workshops:
April 18, 2016*
▸ Exploratory Workshops RFA

HTS Supplemental Grant Program:
May 27, 2016*
▸ HTS Award RFA

*Last time the programs will be offered


March 10, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT
2015 Fall Round Catalyst Awards Announced
The CBC is pleased to announce that six teams received Catalyst Awards in 2015 Fall application round:


February 17, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
RNA modification discovery suggests new code for control of gene expression
Congratulations to Dan Dominissini of The University of Chicago! Dominissini is the first author on a recent report published in Nature: “The dynamic N1-methyladenosine methylome in eukaryotic messenger RNA.” He is a postdoctoral fellow in Chuan He’s laboratory and recipient of a 2014 CBC Postdoctoral Research Award. The report is a collaborative effort by scientists from Tel Aviv University, Sheba Medical Center, and the University of Chicago. The authors describe a new mRNA modification, N1-methyladenosine (m1A), that is evolutionarily conserved from yeast to humans, is enriched around start codons and appears to promote mRNA translation.
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February 9, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
“Clasping” Collaboration
Three CBC Scientists Join Forces to Develop Exceptional-Quality Antibodies Displaying an Unprecedented Mode of Action

Congratulations to three CBC researchers, Shohei Koide and Alex Ruthenburg of The University of Chicago, and Neil Kelleher of Northwestern, who are three senior authors on a collaborative report that was just published in PNAS: “Antigen clasping by two antigen-binding sites of an exceptionally specific antibody for histone methylation.” The paper describes a novel mechanism of a set of exceptionally high-quality antibodies for epigenetics research that the team has developed and meticulously characterized.
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February 9, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT
Upcoming Winter/Spring 2016 Application Deadlines

February 7, 2016
News
CBC Exploratory Workshop Recap:
▸ Seeing better together – Strategic Cross-Institutional Microscopy Initiatives


January 22, 2016
SUCCESS STORY
Researchers Pinpoint Place where Cancer Cells May Begin
Congratulations to a CBC Scholar Nicolás Peláez, who is the first author of the study, titled "Dynamics and heterogeneity of a fate determinant during transition towards cell differentiation" which was recently published in the journal eLIFE. Nicolás is a Ph.D. candidate in interdisciplinary biological sciences working with Professors Amaral and Carthew at Northwestern.
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