General Information Abstract and Registration Deadlines Program Directions Hotels Transportation

General Information

The 23rd Annual Midwest Stress Response and Molecular Chaperone Meeting will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University at the James L. Allen Center. This meeting will provide an opportunity for those interested in the areas of stress response, heat-shock proteins, and molecular chaperones to present their own work and learn from others working in this field.

Tali Gidalevitz (Drexel University) and Cindy Voisine (Northeastern Illinois University) are the Program Co-Chairs. The meeting will feature talks by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and new investigators. And there will be a poster session. Dennis Thiele (Duke University School of Medicine) will deliver the keynote talk.

The flyer for the meeting is available to download. Please print and put up for all your researchers to see.

Related Program

The 2018 Environmental Drivers of Aging: Proteostasis, Metabolism, and Signaling Conference is being held on Friday, January 12 on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. The goal of this conference is to understand whether and how key processes involved in biologic aging might be manipulated to reduce the risk of chronic disease later in life from varying biological perspectives. This conference will be of interest to researchers interested in understanding the intersection between aging biology, physiology and disease pathogenesis.

Program and Poster Session Information

The meeting will take place from 8:55 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. A continental breakfast will be set out at 7:30 am. A reasonably-priced group dinner will be held immediately following the meeting. Please note that everyone will pay for themselves. Details will be provided later.

You can download the 2018 schedule HERE.

Poster space dimensions are approximately 4 feet wide by 4 feet high. Push pins will be provided. Presenters will be directed to hang up their posters when they arrive in the morning.

Directions and Maps

The James L. Allen Center is located at 2169 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL. The phone number of the front desk at the Allen Center is 847-864-9270.

Parking permits are NOT needed on Saturday to park on campus.

Directions and maps for your visit to Northwestern's Evanston campus can be found here.

A map of the campus with the Allen Center and close-by parking lots and the parking garage highlighted can be found HERE.

Transportation from Airports:

To travel to Evanston will take approximately 30-45 minutes from O'Hare Airport and 60 minutes from Midway Airport.

Cab services familiar with Evanston are Norshore Cab (800-244-9200), and 303 Cab (888-225-5303). Call to arrange for pick up after you land. They have cars at the airport, so the wait will be just a few minutes. All have flat rates to Evanston ($35 from O'Hare and $55 from Midway). Be sure to ask for their flat rate. We do NOT recommend going to the cab stand as most are Chicago cabs, which are not familiar with Evanston.

Continental Airport Express is a shared van service to/from O'Hare Airport and Midway Airport. Go to or call 1-888-284-3826 for reservations.

Abstract and Registration Deadlines

Please fill out the online registration form. The deadline to register is January 5. Email Georgette with any questions.

There is no registration fee for this meeting as funding has been granted by the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Institute for Biomedical Research and other funds will be sought. However, if at any time you need to cancel, please email Georgette (, so we can save funds for future meetings. We are obligated to pay for "No Shows".


The deadline for submitting an abstract is December 4.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words. Please use 12-point Times New Roman font.

Save the abstract as a Word document using the Last Name of the presenter as the file name.

Ask at least one other person to PROOFREAD your abstract. PLEASE DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! Another person will likely catch errors you missed.

Email the abstract as an attachment to Georgette (

For a sample of an abstract, please click here.

Please include the following information at the top of the abstract:
Author(s): Underline name of presenting author.
Preference: Indicate whether the abstract should be considered for a Talk, Poster or Either.


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