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    Stieglitz Lecture: NU Prof. Tom Meade, "Advances in Bioactivated and Targeted MR Imaging Probes: Are We There Yet?"

    November 17, 2016
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    Gordon Center for Integrative Science W301, University of Chicago
    929 E. 57th St.
    Chicago, IL 60637

    Since 1940, the University of Chicago and Chicago ACS have cooperated on the Stieglitz Lectureship, which honors Prof. Julius Stieglitz, who served as Chemistry Department chair, ACS President, and Chicago Section Chair. This year, Northwestern Professor Tom Meade will give the annual Stieglitz Lecture.


    Fundamental biological and clinical questions have driven technological advances in a number of diagnostic techniques. From ex-vivo DNA chip-analysis, to in vivo molecular imaging, the last decade has seen significant advances and it is clear that this trend will continue. In vivo molecular imaging has demonstrated the ability to profoundly change our understanding of these events. One technique that has been a powerful tool in both experimental and clinical settings is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI offers a non-invasive means to map structure and function by sampling the amount, flow or environment of water protons in vivo. Such intrinsic contrast can be augmented by the use of paramagnetic contrast agents in both clinical and experimental settings. It is non-invasive and yields a true volume rendering of the subject with near cellular resolution (~10 microns).


    • 4:00 - 4:30  Poster session with coffee and cookies
    • 4:30 - 4:40  Introductory remarks by Mary Jo Boldingh, Chicago Section Chair, and Josh Kurutz, Stieglitz Lecture Chair
    • 4:40 - 5:30  Lecture by Prof. Tom Meade
    • 5:30 - 6:00  Networking, more poster session discussion
    • 5:30 - 7:00  Dinner at Hutchinson Commons


    Hutchinson Commons provides a food court with a variety of dining choices, including vegetarian options. Cash and credit payments are accepted. The Commons includes the following stations:

    - Taqueria (includes vegetarian options)
    - Indian, (includes vegetarian options)
    - Noodles (includes vegetarian options)
    - Sandwiches (includes vegetarian options)
    - Pizza (includes vegetarian options)
    - Grill
    - Enstein's Bagels (next to the food court, in the building)

    See here for details:


    No reservations are required but we would appreciate RSVPs.


    From the North or Northwest
    From the West or Southwest
    From the South or Indiana
    • Take I-90/94 downtown
    • Just past the loop, take exit 53 to I-57 N toward Lake Shore Drive
    • Take the exit for US-41 South / Lake Shore Drive South
    • Proceed on Lake Shore Drive to 57th St.
    • Exit at 57th St., turning right.
    • Follow the road as it bends left
    • Turn right on the Midway Plaisance toward the University of Chicago
    • Turn right on Ellis Ave.
    • Either find street parking or proceed to one of the paid parking locations (below).
    • Take I-57 North to downtown
    • Take the exit for US-41 South / Lake Shore Drive South
    • Proceed on Lake Shore Drive to 57th St.
    • Exit at 57th St., turning right.
    • Follow the road as it bends left
    • Turn right on the Midway Plaisance toward the University of Chicago
    • Turn right on Ellis Ave.
    • Either find street parking or proceed to one of the paid parking locations (below).
    • Take I-94 West to downtown Chicago
    • Take Exit 57 for Garfield Blvd. East
    • Proceed East along Garfield Blvd into Washington Park
    • In the middle of Washington Park, veer left to get to 55th St.
    • Proceed along 55th St., turning right at Ellis Ave. (the first cross-street after Cottage Grove Blvd.).
    • Either find street parking or proceed to one of the paid parking locations (below).
    Public Transit: METRA
    Public Transit: Bus Public transit: L, then bus
    • Use the Metra Electric Line.
    • Stop at 57th St.
    • Walk West ~15-20 min along 57th St. to the Gordon Center

    • Indiana members may wish to check out the options for the South Shore rail line, which stops at 57th St.

     Many CTA bus lines serve the University of Chicago campus. See this CTA map for full details:

    • Use the Red Line or Green Line
    • Stop at 55th St/Garfield.
    • Take the #55 bus going East along Garfield/55th street.
    • Get off at Ellis Ave.
    • Walk South two blocks to 57th St.
    • Turn right on 57th and proceed one half block to the Gordon Center entrance.

    UofC Map thumbPARKING: Free street parking is often available in the neighborhood, especially on the Midway Plaisance, but may require some time to find. Paid parking is available in the structure on the corner of Ellis and 55th (costs $16 for three hours). Valet parking is available at the hospital entrance at the corner of Maryland and 58th. See map for details.


    Professor Meade is the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biosciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Radiology. He received his masters in Biochemistry and PhD in inorganic chemistry and after completing a NIH fellowship and fellow in Radiology at Harvard Medical School he was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. In 2002 he moved to Northwestern University, where he is the Director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI). Professor Meade's research focuses on coordination chemistry and its application in bioinorganic problems that include biological molecular imaging, electron transfer processes and the development of electronic biosensors for the detection of DNA and proteins.

    His work has recently focused on creating diagnostic multimodal probes for tracking metastatic cells and preparing transcription factor inhibitors to inhibit epithelial to mesenchymal transfer (EMT). Professor Meade is developing methodologies to evaluate the molecular and cellular events that mediate antiangiogenic effects in tumors.

    Professor Meade holds 81 US patents and has founded four companies, Clinical Micro Sensors, Metabrobe, PreDx and Ohmx that are developing hand-held detection devices for protein and DNA detection and bioactivated MR contrast agents for clinical imaging.

    Prof. Julius Stieglitz

    In 1849, Edward Stieglitz, a native of Thuringia, Germany, came to the United States, married, and settled in Hoboken, New Jersey.  Three boys and three girls were born to the couple.  The oldest boy, Alfred, became an internationally known photographer.  The other two boys were twins: Julius, the chemist and Leopold, a doctor.

    Apparently the senior Stieglitzs were not poor.  When the older children reached school age, the family moved to New York, to assure each child a better education, and when they reached the age for secondary schooling, they returned to Germany, where the boys attended Real Gymnasium in Karlsruhe.  Then Leopold went to Heidelberg for medicine, while Julius chose chemistry and went to the University of Berlin, where he received his doctorate in 1889.

    After a short time with Victor Meyer in Göttingen, Julius returned to the U.S. in 1890, going to Clark University, Massachusetts, and, in the same year, to Detroit as a toxicologist for Parke Davis, & Co.  In 1891, he married Anna Marie Stieffel of Karlsruhe, who had remained in Germany until this time.  In 1892, he came to the University of Chicago as a docent, lecturing without salary, his only compensation from contributions by the students.  In 1893, he became an Assistant; then Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor.  In 1905, he was named Professor, in 1912, Director of University Laboratories, in 1915 Chairman of the Chemistry Department.  In 1933 he was named Professor Emeritus, but continued to serve until his death in January, 1937.  Along the way, he collected a D.Sc. from Clark University (1909), and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh (1916).  In addition, he was interested in spectator sports, especially horse racing and boxing, and participative sports, especially golf.  His hobbies included art, music (he played the cello), and photography.

    All this was in addition to his work as a chemist, as a research scientist, as an author, above all as a precise but interesting lecturer who held the attention of his students and assisted and directed them to help them reach their goals.  

    Stieglitz’s activities did not prevent his participation in civic affairs.  In 1917, when the United States entered World War I and any chemicals we might have been receiving from Axis countries were cut off, this American of German parentage found time to give to the development of much-needed industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals.

    He joined the ACS and the Chicago Section in 1901.  In 1904, he was Section Chairman, and in 1917 he was elected President of the ACS.  He guided the development of the Willard Gibbs Award, and received the medal himself in 1923.  In 1980, posthumously, he was given our Distinguished Service Award.

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