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The rapid pace of discoveries in biology and medicine have led to the uncovering of genes and molecules which have been implicated in many profound human diseases including those of cancer, cardiovascular, infectious, and neurological diseases. As the tools of basic science have made it feasible to establish the molecular defects in a growing number of diseases, it has become possible to use this knowledge in the treatment and detection of disease. However, there remains a wide gulf between basic scientific studies and the clinical application of medicine, compounded by the volume of new information and the rate at which these discoveries are announced. Northwestern University, with generous support of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, has established the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research. The primary function of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research is to catalyze interactions between basic and clinical science at the interface of basic research and medicine. The Rice Institute for Biomedical Research facilitates research and teaching programs that provide a forum to enhance the integration of discoveries in fundamental areas of basic biochemical sciences with their application to the understanding and eventual treatment of human disease.

Goals of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research

  • To provide a forum to initiate and promote collaborative interactions between basic science research and clinical medical investigators
  • To support a visiting scholars program which will bring outstanding research to Northwestern University
  • To establish new initiatives for the education and training of future Biomedical Researchers and Teachers. Programs will be designed that encourage elementary, high school, undergraduate, and post-graduate students to pursue careers in biomedical research.
  • To support a University -wide, faculty-based effort to establish state-of-the-art research instrumentation facilities in the Life Sciences.
  • To support an annual Symposium for students and fellows involved in Biomedical Research in the Metropolitan Chicago area that highlights themes in Molecular Medicine.

Programs supported by the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research

Transcriptional regulation of heat shock response
Roles of Molecular Chaperones in Protein Folding, Trafficking, and Stress Sensors in Cell Growth and Death
All Chaperome Project
Misfolded and aggregation prone proteins in neu
C elegans as a model system for analysis of stress response and diseases of protein misfolding
Small molecule screen for the stress response
Systems Approach to Stress Biology