August 17, 2006
Vol. 25 No. 20

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    Chicago biomedical symposium set for Sept. 29

    By Emily Jordan
    Medical Center Public Affairs

    The University will host the fourth annual symposium of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium Friday, Sept. 29, in the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.

    The symposium, titled “Infrastructures for Systems Biology,” will include participants from Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University and will feature three keynote speakers.

    Those speakers are Ken Buetow, Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and the Chief of Laboratory for Population Genetics of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.; Leroy Hood, President of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Wash.; and CBC Investigator Kevin White, Professor in Human Genetics and Ecology & Evolution at the University and Director for the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at the University and Argonne National Laboratory.

    The symposium also will feature a panel comprising the Summer 2006 CBC Catalyst Award winners, those who demonstrated inter-institutional collaboration, scientific merit and a focus on systems biology research.

    The CBC’s nine-member scientific review board distributed the awards, which ranged from $100,000 to $200,000, to four groups. (Information about the research that merited the awards and the scientists who received the grants is available at http://www.chicagobiomedicalconsortium.org.)

    Participants can register and submit posters for the symposium until Friday, Sept. 15 at http://www.chicagobiomedicalconsortium.org. Individuals who pre-register for the symposium will receive a free box lunch.

    The CBC strives to promote collaboration among its three affiliated universities to lead the biomedical field away from institutional boundaries and toward a healthier population. The consortium was created in 2002 by a grant from the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust, and will receive $5 million per year during the next five years from the trust, as well as support for this year’s symposium.