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September 20, 2018


The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) was recently named the 8th campus-wide research institute that reports to the OVCR, and we have been working hard over the summer to build a sustainable, focused center. We've been refining the CCIL vision, developing our organizational structure, sharpening our research focus, and expanding our available resources. We have also added two new members to our External Advisory Committee and developed new campus partnerships with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative.

The CCIL has also recruited new cohorts for ResearcHStart, Cancer Scholars Program, C*STAR, and TiME and launched several engagement activities, including events with the Illini 4000 and Prairie Dragon Paddlers. Finally, we're now on Twitter, so be sure to give us a follow and hear about the latest Cancer Center news.

The CCIL future is bright, and we're ready for some exciting things this year.

Rohit Bhargava
Director, Cancer Center at Illinois


The Cancer Center is now on Twitter! Give us a follow, and help us further conversation around cancer research. #CancerCenterIL


Pathways Published
The summer issue of Pathways, a CCIL publication that highlights the interdisciplinary and translational work of Cancer Center faculty, staff, students, and external partners, is available. Click here to read the about the latest research, education, and outreach activities happening at the center.


Illini 4000 Welcome Reception
In June, the Cancer Center and the Beckman Institute partnered to welcome the Illini 4000, a non-profit student organization that spreads awareness for the fight against cancer through annual cross-country bike rides, as they arrived on the Illinois campus. This year, Chancellor Robert Jones, Vice-Chancellor for Advancement Barry Benson, and University of Illinois Foundation President/CEO James Moore rode with the group for a portion of their journey. #FightingCancerOnTwoWheels


Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program
The Cancer Center at Illinois and the Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program are pleased to announce their 2018-2019 graduate student cohort. Selected from an impressive pool of candidates from across campus, these exceptional scholars reflect the breadth of Illinois research interests, with expertise in fields ranging from nutritional sciences and biochemistry to bioengineering and chemistry. Read more.


Faculty Seminar Series
The Cancer Center at Illinois is pleased to present the Fall 2018 Faculty Seminar Series. Each session includes brief individual talks from a group of faculty members followed by a Q&A period. Register at


Prostate Cancer Impact Award
Department of Defense
Deadline: October 18, 2018

Research Answers to National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Provocative Questions (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Cancer Institute
Deadline: October 30, 2018

Research Answers to National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Provocative Questions (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Cancer Institute
Deadline: October 30, 2018

Clinic & Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP)
Cancer Research Institute
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Physician Scientist Training Award
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Deadline: December 3, 2018


If you received an award or honor, published a paper, or have an announcement or news to share, we want to hear from you. Send your news items to by the end of business on Tuesday of each week.

Visit the Cancer Center Events Calendar for a complete list of upcoming cancer-related activities and events. |