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7th International Conference on Risk Analysis (ICRA7) at NEIU


Posted by ChicagoCHEC on Friday, March 17, 2017

May 3rd – May 5th, 2017
Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, IL USA

Deadline for Abstracts is Friday, March 17th, 2017
Faculty/Researcher Abstracts for Oral Presentations must be submitted to:
Elena Navas-Nacher, PhD, MS
e-navas-nacher@neiu.edu

Students Abstracts for Poster Presentations:
Emma Turian, PhD
mturian@neiu.edu

Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) and Northeastern Illinois University cordially invite you to participate in the 7th ICRA Conference. 

Continuing in the spirit of six earlier meetings organized by the ISI Committee on Risk Analysis (ISI-CRA) of the International Statistical Institute, this year’s conference focuses on Cancer-Related Risk Analysis.

The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) will host ICRA7 at Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus located at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave in Chicago, USA. Registration is now open and early registration is encouraged. 

The format for the meeting will include plenary talks, organized sessions, and sessions with contributed talks and posters. The conference includes keynote presentations by world-renowned scientists. Students are encouraged to enter a poster competition and present their projects to conference attendees. There are no events scheduled simultaneously so you will not miss anything. A Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 4th and will feature a keynote presentation, a student poster award ceremony and live entertainment.

The ICRA7 will be followed by NEIU’s 10th Workshop on Mathematical and Statistical Modeling, which will begin at 1:00PM on Friday, May 5th, 2017 and continues through Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus. For general conference information please email e-navas-nacher@neiu.edu.

To learn more about the event, please visit the website.

 

The Truth About Colon Cancer


Posted by ChicagoCHEC on Monday, March 6, 2017

Join us for a special event with leading experts to help you learn about your risks, why screening matters and how to take important steps toward prevention.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 15th
1:00-3:30 p.m.

WHERE:
ACCESS Center for
Discovery and Learning
5139 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60609
RSVP to Shawn Foster
at 773.247.2435
or via email at
Shawn.Foster@achn.net

Resources for Community & Academic Partners!


Posted by Jen Cooper on Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

 

Events, Funding Opportunities, Calls for Paper and other Resources are all your fingertips in the monthly bulletin provided by the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (arcc), a program from Northwestern University’s Center for Community Health.

To see arcc’s December bulletin, click here.

To see other valuable resources from arcc (specifically for our community partners), click here.

 

 

Apply to become a ChicagoCHEC Research Fellow


Posted by ChicagoCHEC on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Research Fellows 2017 flyer

We are excited to announce that the ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows program is now accepting applications! This program is geared toward first-generation and underrepresented minority students interested in health or research careers. Apply soon – deadline for applications is February 15, 2017.

About the ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program
The ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program is a comprehensive learning experience for undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students at Northeastern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, City Colleges of Chicago, and other Community/ Junior Colleges in the Chicago metropolitan area. We are seeking outstanding undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students with an interest in health and health care who possess the commitment to apply to graduate or medical school and can bring diverse perspectives and experiences to advance the nation’s work toward cancer health equity. ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows will spend the summer in seminars and research rotations learning from leading scientists. Following the summer intensive program, ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows will have the option to be matched with a research mentor and research project during the academic year.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

Program Dates
June 19 – August 11, 2018: summer intensive experience
Fall 2017: optional research team placement

How to Apply 
Please visit the ChicagoCHEC website for eligibility & application instructions:
http://chicagochec.org/opportunities/education-training-programs/research-fellows-2017/

Questions?
Email us at info@chicagochec.org

Check out Skinny Trees: A Podcast About the Exploration of Health Equity In & Around Chicago!


Posted by Jen Cooper on Monday, October 31, 2016

Want to learn more about health equities in your city? Do you enjoy podcasts? Check out Skinny Trees, a podcast born out of ChicagoCHEC that aims to continue the conversation about health equities in and around Chicago.

To learn more, check out www.skinnytreespodcast.com. Episode 1 features Dr. Melissa Simon, ChicagoCHEC Northwestern University Principle Investigator, discussing how to decipher the nuances of health equity language.

New ChicagoCHEC funding opportunity!


Posted by ChicagoCHEC on Friday, September 30, 2016

We are excited to announce that our ChicagoCHEC Incubator and Catalyst Funding Program’s 2016-2017 Request for Proposals is now open. One of the most important needs for growing an idea is early stage funding. Do you need seed funds to take your cancer disparities project to the next step? The ChicagoCHEC Research Incubator / Catalyst Funding Program supports transdisciplinary cancer disparities research in behavioral and social science, basic, biomedical, and translational science. These awards are intended to foster cross-institutional collaborations among investigator teams from NEIU, UIC, Northwestern, and community partner(s). ChicagoCHEC funding opportunities consist of:

  • Partnership Development Incubator Grants: 1 year seed funding of up to $40,000 to jumpstart partnerships to develop research across the three institutions and with community partners.
  • Proposal Development Incubator Grants: 1 year seed funding of up to $40,000 to help teams progress from partnership phase to proposal writing phase.
  • Pilot Project Catalyst Grants: awards of up to $120,000 per year for 2 years across the three institutions and community partner(s).

This is a unique funding opportunity that requires involvement from all three institutions (NEIU, UIC, Northwestern) and a community stakeholder. ChicagoCHEC offers help linking interested people with potential collaborators across institutions and communities.

A pre-proposal consultation meeting with ChicagoCHEC is due December 15, 2016 and applications are due January 15, 2017. For more information please see the Request for Proposals or email info@chicagochec.org.

ChicagoCHEC Catalyst & Incubator Grant Recipients


Posted by ChicagoCHEC on Thursday, July 7, 2016

The ChicagoCHEC Catalyst & Incubator Grant Program is pleased to announce the 2016 grant recipients.  All investigative teams have proposed novel approaches to addressing cancer disparities and are devoted to advancing cancer health equity through cross-collaboration, high-quality research and unwavering dedication to training and education. It is anticipated that all projects supported by the ChicagoCHEC Catalyst & Incubator Grant Program expand to become larger, long-term grants such as R01s.

Project 1 (Partnership Development Grant):
Reducing Colorectal Cancer Disparities on the South Side of Chicago through Cross-Institutional Collaboration

Principle Investigators: Danielle Lazar, AM, DrPH Candidate (Access Community Health Network), Kenzie Cameron, PhD (Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University), Hardik Marfatia, PhD (Northeastern Illinois University), Shan Wang, PhD (Northeastern Illinois University), Kameron Matthews, MD, JD (University of Illinois Chicago), Karriem Watson, DHSc (University of Illinois Chicago)

Project 2 (Proposal Development Grant):
Community-Engaged Obesity Intervention Development for Puerto Rican and Mexican Men

Principle Investigators: Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen, PhD (University of Illinois Chicago), Magdalena Nava, BA (Puerto Rican Cultural Center), Leonilda Calderon, BA (Puerto Rican Cultural Center), Amanda Dykema-Engblade, PhD (Northeastern Illinois University), Alfred Rademaker, PhD (Lurie Cancer Center)

Project 3 (Pilot Project Catalyst Grant):
Prostate Cancer Disparity in Chicago-Area African American Men: Patient-derived Models and Biomarkers of Cancer Risk

Principle Investigators: Larisa Nonn, PhD (University of Illinois Chicago), Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD (Lurie Cancer Center), Cindy Voisine, PhD (Northeastern Illinois University), Adam Murphy, MD (Lurie Cancer Center / Jesse Brown VA), Marcus Murray, BA (Project Brotherhood)

For more information on the ChicagoCHEC Catalyst & Incubator Grant Program, please visit http://chicagochec.org/research/research-incubator/rfp/. The RFA for 2017 funding will be available in late-December 2016.

About ChicagoCHEC

The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) is a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer partnership led by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our mission is to advance cancer health equity through meaningful scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement.

ChicagoCHEC Summer Research Fellows Program: University Without Walls


Posted by ChicagoCHEC on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

research fellows

On June 20, 2016, the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) kicked off their inaugural Summer Research Fellows Program — a comprehensive, paid eight-week summer learning experience for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students from Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC).

Focused on developing academic, technical, and professional skills, the Fellows Program will help prepare a new generation of leaders for careers in social, behavioral and biomedical research, and in healthcare. ChicagoChec Research Fellows will gain important knowledge, skills and networks through immersion experiences, group projects and journal clubs. In addition, one-on-one, group, and near-peer mentoring will guide their progress in becoming researchers and healthcare professionals who can bring diverse perspectives and experiences to advance the nation’s work toward cancer health equity. At the conclusion of the program, Fellows will have learned fundamental research practices and methodologies, pertinent research content topics (e.g. cancer inequity and recruitment of underserved minorities in clinical trials), social contexts for health inequity across the cancer continuum, and critical professional development practices and networks.

The Summer Research Fellows Program leverages the expertise of the scholars, cancer researchers, health professionals, and institutional and community leaders who participate as guest lecturers, project mentors, and site visit hosts. According to the physician-scientists and researchers who lead ChicagoCHEC — Northwestern University’s Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, UIC’s Robert Winn, MD, and Northeastern Illinois University’s Christina Ciecierski, PhD, and Moira Stuart, PhD — the program provides an opportunity to do things differently than they’ve been done in the past. That is, to move the needle on health equity by expanding opportunities to the next generation in a way that changes the architecture of collaboration, community engagement, and the culture of research education.

“The Summer Research Fellows program is a first-of-its-kind program to advance research, leadership, and community-engagement capabilities in this high-potential group of first-generation, underrepresented minority and non-traditional college students,” said Simon, the George H. Gardner, MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Co-Leader of the Lurie Cancer Center’s Cancer Control and Survivorship Program. “The interest in ChicagoCHEC’s first program was so great that we were inspired to create an Affiliates Program as a pipeline for participants in the future.”

Funding support for ChicagoCHEC is provided by the National Cancer Institute (grants U54CA202995, U54CA202997, and U54CA203000).

About ChicagoCHEC

The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) is a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer partnership led by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our mission of ChicagoCHEC is to advance cancer health equity through meaningful scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement.

Take the next step in your healthcare & research career journey!


Posted by Laura Tom on Friday, February 19, 2016

Research Fellows Flyer

We have some exciting undergraduate cancer research internship opportunities planned for this summer! The program is geared toward first-generation and underrepresented minority students interested in health or research careers. Apply soon – deadline for applications is February 29, 2016.

About the ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program
The ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program is a comprehensive learning experience for undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students at Northeastern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and City Colleges of Chicago. We are seeking outstanding undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students with an interest in health and health care who possess the commitment to apply to graduate or medical school and can bring diverse perspectives and experiences to advance the nation’s work toward cancer health equity. ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows will spend the summer in seminars and research rotations learning from leading scientists. Following the summer intensive program, ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows will have the option to be matched with a research mentor and research project during the academic year.

Application Deadline: February 29, 2016

Program Dates
June 20 – August 12, 2016: summer intensive experience
Fall 2016: optional research team placement

How to Apply
Please visit the ChicagoCHEC website for eligibility & application instructions:
http://chicagochec.org/opportunities/education-training-programs/research-fellows/

Questions?
Email us at info@chicagochec.org

 

Learn How to Get Involved


Posted by Laura Tom on Sunday, December 6, 2015

Since our official launch in October of 2015, ChicagoCHEC has been a buzz of activity, as we launched out the gate to transform our many ideas into reality. We are excited to have this incredible opportunity to move the needle on health equity, and we want all of you at the table. Keep an eye out in this space as we continue to roll out new programs, opportunities, resources, and ways to engage. (we only ask that you bear with us as we grow!)

Here are some ways you can get involved now:

  • Are you a talented, team-oriented leader? ChicagoCHEC is hiring! Check out our job listings.
  • Keep up to date with real time ChicagoCHEC updates by following us on Twitter or adding us to Facebook.
  • We’re always excited to partner with folks who believe in health equity and social change. Let’s talk.
  • Have ideas you want to share? We’d love for you to contribute to the ChicagoCHEC blog.

Welcome to ChicagoCHEC.org blog


Posted by Laura Tom on Friday, December 4, 2015

Welcome to the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) blog! What is ChicagoCHEC, you might ask, and why are we blogging?

ChicagoCHEC is a comprehensive cancer partnership led by Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northeastern Illinois University. Our mission is to advance cancer health equity. We strive to do so by way of meaningful scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement.

Advances in cancer health equity take creativity, out of the box ideas, active community voices, and an open exchange of ideas and practices.

We intend for this blog to support the work of the ChicagoCHEC community and to create a safe space for everyone to share ideas. We hope this blog will stimulate new thinking and lively discussions as we share our ongoing work toward cancer health equity. Whether you’re a faculty member, student, staff, or community member, we welcome you to join this dynamic learning space.

What can you expect to see here?

  • ChicagoCHEC faculty, staff, students, guest bloggers and other creative thinkers commenting on the latest scientific and healthcare advances, their projects, activities, and anything under the sun
  • Events announcements
  • Information about resources
  • Research, training, and community engagement opportunities

Our doors are wide open to ideas. We want this blog to foster interactions with a broad community of thinkers and doers. We invite you to contribute your ideas to help make this blog timely, lively, and a place where we can all learn together. Ready, set, go!

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