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February 8, 2019  |  Jola Glotzer

More accolades for CBC community members

Two CBC affiliates, Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago and Teresa Woodruff, NU, elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Belated but heartfelt congratulations to two CBC affiliates, Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago and Teresa Woodruff, NU, for being elected to the National Academy of Medicine! Jeff, the Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering and Deputy Director for Development at the UChicago Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), is a recipient of a CBC Catalyst Award (2016), which he received for the project: “Restoring the Renal Extracellular Matrix Using Engineered Growth Factors.” Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, NU Feinberg School of Medicine, Professor of Molecular Biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. She is also the Director of the Center for Reproductive Science, Founder and Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, and Director of the Oncofertility Consortium. Woodruff is affiliated with the CBC via active participation in research developments resulting from two CBC Awards: 2015 CBC Lever and 2009 CBC Spark.

National Academy of Medicine Elects 85 New Members

National Academy of Medicine News  |  October 15, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the election of 75 regular members and 10 international members during its annual meeting. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

“This distinguished and diverse class of new members is a truly remarkable set of scholars and leaders whose impressive work has advanced science, improved health, and made the world a better place for everyone,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “Their expertise in science, medicine, health, and policy in the U.S. and around the globe will help our organization address today’s most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and health care. It is my privilege to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”

New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. A diversity of talent among NAM’s membership is assured by its Articles of Organization, which stipulate that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from fields outside the health professions — for example, from such fields as law, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities. The newly elected members bring NAM’s total membership to 2,178 and the number of international members to 159.

Established originally as the Institute of Medicine in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine, and related policy and inspires positive actions across sectors. NAM works alongside the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding. With their election, NAM members make a commitment to volunteer their service in National Academies activities.

Congratulations to all!

The entire list of newly elected U.S. members of the National Academy of Medicine can be found HERE.

Two faculty are also CBC community members. Congratulations!

Jeffrey Hubbell, PhD

Jeffrey Alan Hubbell, Ph.D., Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering, Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago, Chicago.

For pioneering the development of cell responsive (bioactive) materials and inventing biomaterials that are now widely utilized in regenerative medicine.

Teresa Woodruff, PhD

Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D., Thomas J. Watkins Professor, and vice chair for research and chief, Division of Reproductive Science, department of obstetrics and gynecology, Northwestern University, Chicago.

For innovation in reproductive health, having cloned key regulators of ovarian and gonadotroph function; pioneering in vitro maturation of human oocytes; discovering roles for zinc in fertilization; and inventing microfluidic systems modeling human ovarian function, all relevant to her work on preservation of fertility in cancer patients, the field she named “oncofertility.”

Adapted (with modifications) from the National Academy of Medicine News published on October 15, 2018.

Featured scientist(s) with ties to cbc:

Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago

Teresa Woodruff, NU


September 13, 2018
▸ Oncofertility covered in Illinois
CBC affiliate, Teresa Woodruff, NU, instrumental in securing bill guaranteeing insurance coverage to cancer patients seeking fertility treatment

September 5, 2018
▸ Hope for food allergy sufferers
Two CBC affiliates, Cathy Nagler and Jeff Hubbell, UChicago, explain recent research progress on preventing food allergies

January 18, 2018
▸ ClostraBio, a startup co-founded by UChicago scientists with ties to CBC, called a “promising, emerging venture”

January 3, 2018
▸ CBC affiliate Teresa Woodroof among three NU scientists named to National Academy of Inventors

November 10, 2017
▸ Enhanced anti-cancer activity with decreased side effects: a promising new technology developed by Jeffrey Hubbell and Melody Swartz, UChicago bioengineers with ties to CBC

October 16, 2017
▸ Cathy Nagler (UChicago), CBC community member and ClostraBio company founder, featured in Crain’s Chicago Business