The mission of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium is to stimulate collaboration among scientists at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago that will transform research at the frontiers of biomedicine.


The Unseen Majority: Microbes in Health and Disease

The 13th Annual CBC Symposium -- The Unseen Majority: Microbes in Health and Disease -- will take place on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Northwestern University downtown campus. For preliminary program and other info click here.

Upcoming Fall 2015 Application Deadlines

» HTS Supplemental Grant Program:
   November 11 (see RFA; rev. 9/29/15)

» Exploratory Workshops Program:
   December 4 (see RFA)


Chicago Synthetic Antibody Pipeline open for business

Supported by a CBC Lever Award, the Chicago Synthetic Antibody Pipeline (CSAP) is now open to the CBC community. CSAP is a high throughput pipeline designed to produce the next generation of affinity reagents: customized synthetic antibodies (sABs). CBC researchers can nominate protein antigens as targets for sAB generation using existing technology.
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Globus Genomics for Core Labs

Globus Genomics is an end-to-end data management and large scale analysis service that addresses the challenges that researchers face when dealing with NGS analysis on a large scale. It combines state-of-the-art algorithms with sophisticated data management tools, a powerful graphical workflow environment, and a cloud-based elastic computational infrastructure. Globus Genomics is software-as-a-service, delivered as a monthly subscription with the appropriate level of resources to meet your specific needs. Globus Genomics is being used by over a dozen informatics cores, research groups at various universities. For a limited period, we are offering Globus Genomics for free for a month to qualified researchers in the CBC. Please contact or for more information.
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REUTERS: CBC Universities are Among the Most Innovative Universities in the World

October 5, 2015
The CBC is proud to report that the three CBC universities are among the top 75 of the World's Most Innovative Universities, according to a recent analysis by Reuters. To rank the universities, Reuters focused on academic papers, which indicate basic research performed at a university, and patent filings, which point to an institution's interest in protecting and commercializing its discoveries. The CBC schools ranked: NU #6, UI system (which includes UIC) # 21 and UChicago # 71. Congratulations!
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CBC Awards Help Move Promising Synthetic Antibody Technology into the Commercialization Pipeline

September 25, 2015
A 2009 CBC Spark Award to Anthony Kossiakoff (UChicago) and Vladimir Gelfand (NU) allowed the development of a high-throughput technology platform to efficiently produce customized, engineered, “synthetic antibodies.” Advances made with Spark funding allowed Kossiakoff and colleagues to win a $12 million center grant from the NIH, which was matched with a $2.3 million Lever Award from the CBC in 2012. In July 2015, the pharma company Celgene committed to a 3 year, $25 million partnership to use the technology to develop next-generation cancer drugs based on synthetic antibodies.
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CBC Funding Contributes to Understanding of the Gut Microbiome’s Role in Infants with Allergies to Cow’s Milk

September 24, 2015
According to a new study published on September 22, 2015, in The ISME Journal, “Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG-supplemented formula expands butyrate-producing bacterial strains in food allergic infants,” the gut bacteria of babies who developed tolerance to cow’s milk after treatment with probiotic formula was significantly different from those who remained allergic. The study points out that identification of bacteria that can protect against the development of food allergies could jump-start the search for novel therapeutics. Aly Azeem Khan, a co-author on the publication, was supported by the CCSB/CBC Fellows Program, financed by the first CBC Lever Award to the Chicago Center for Systems Biology (CCSB).
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