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.

November 16, 2017
CBC Newsletter, Vol. 23
Announcing NEW Programs and Ongoing Funding Opportunities

CBC is proud to announce new programs in support of its Phase 2 mission.

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November 6, 2017
Nancy Tyrrell joins CBC as Associate Director for Translational Activities (ADTA)

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Nancy Tyrrell
CBC Associate Director for Translational Activities (ADTA)

We are pleased to welcome Nancy Tyrrell, a long-time friend of the CBC and a fixture in the Chicago life science community, as the new Associate Director for Translational Activities (ADTA) and the newest addition to the CBC team.

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November 16, 2017
Oxidized dopamine found a likely culprit in Parkinson’s disease development. A CBC awardee, Jeffrey Savas, NU, contributes to the research.

A recent paper in Science, “Dopamine oxidation mediates mitochondrial and lysosomal dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease,” describes identification of a cascade of interlinked oxidation-dependent pathological events in neurons that mimics the pathologies characteristic of substantia nigra dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease. The discovery opens the door to investigating new treatment methods by slowing down the toxic cascade. Dimitri Krainc, NU, is senior author on the publication and CBC Catalyst awardee (2015), Jeffrey Savas, NU, is one of the co-authors. Congratulations!

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November 16, 2017
A CBC Lever Award recipient, Bob Grossman, UChicago, to help create the NIH Data Commons

Bob Grossman and Ian Foster (UChicago) and their respective teams are among 12 research groups recently awarded by the NIH a total of $9 million to launch an NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase. As stated in the NIH Press Release, the aim of the Pilot Phase is to “test ways to store, access, share, and compute on biomedical data in the cloud.” Grossman is a co-recipient of a CBC Lever Award (2008), which contributed to the establishment of the Genomic Data Commons (GDC), an initiative of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The GDC was launched at the University of Chicago in June 2016. The CBC congratulates Bob on this ambitious new endeavor to broaden data access at the national level.

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November 13, 2017
New insights into regulation of gene expression: work from the Shilatifard lab (NU) with contributions from two CBC scientists, Neil Kelleher and Jeffrey Savas.

Congratulations to the Northwestern University (NU) team led by Ali Shilatifard for their recent publication in Genes & Development, “A cryptic Tudor domain links BRWD2/PHIP to COMPASS-mediated histone H3K4 methylation”. Two CBC-supported NU scientists, Neil Kelleher and Jeff Savas, contributed to the work. Kelleher was recruited in 2010 with help of the CBC Recruitment Resources Award and was named a CBC Senior Investigator. Neil has participated in many CBC events as both speaker and organizer (see below). In addition, both, Kelleher and Savas are recipients of CBC Catalyst Awards in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

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October 18, 2017   (Updated: November 13, 2017)
The CBC is proud to announce that over 1900 publications have been attributed to CBC funding! The countdown to reach 2000 is on! The winning publication will be featured on the CBC homepage and the CBC awardee(s) will receive a surprise gift to commemorate the occasion! The current number to reach 2000 is:

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Featured Events

April 25-26, 2018
UChicago Computation Institute
GlobusWorld 2018: Connecting your Research Universe

May 10, 2018
NU Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
24th Annual Alzheimer Day

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Biotech & Entrepreneurship
POSTED: October 20, 2017
NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement
Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs for IDeA States (STTR)
Deadline: January 5, 2018

January 30-31, 2018
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

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.
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