About Us

The Forefront is the science, health and wellness news website for the University of Chicago Medicine, the Division of Biological Sciences, and the Pritzker School of Medicine. The site features the latest news, research, clinical treatment advances, multimedia content and interviews with our physicians, scientists, researchers and other clinicians.

From innovative treatments for cancer, heart disease, digestive diseases and neurological disorders to the far-reaching potential of basic science research using big data, genetics and the microbiome, The Forefront chronicles how UChicago Medicine is advancing the boundaries of science, medicine, health and wellness.

Science Life, UChicago Medicine’s former website about scientific research and discovery, has been merged within The Forefront as a dedicated channel where we will continue to cover the latest advances in clinical and scientific research. Many of the most recent articles from Science Life have been migrated to The Forefront; the rest will remain as an archive at sciencelife.uchospitals.edu.
UChicago Medicine news releases also are posted on The Forefront, and information about the media relations team is listed here.

The Forefront represents the first phase in our project to redesign and rebuild the main UChicago Medicine website, which can be found at uchospitals.edu and includes our physician finder directory, along with information about specific treatments and services. The Forefront and uchospitals.edu will be merged into a single, integrated UChicago Medicine website in the fall of 2018.

For general inquiries about The Forefront, please contact William “Skip” Hidlay, Vice President, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer.

Contact Us

Have news we should know about?

If you are part of the UChicago Medicine and BSD community, we would like to share news about your upcoming publication, announcement, award or grant on The Forefront, through social media and the main UChicago Medicine health system website, uchospitals.edu.

Please read the following guidelines and send us an email. Someone from the content team will be in touch shortly.

Publishing new research?

  • Contact us as soon as possible after your paper has been accepted.
  • What journal? Do you have a publication or embargo date?
  • Please include a short lay description of the study.
  • How does your finding impact the general public, improve medical care, or change our understanding of an important issue?

Receiving a major award or grant?

  • Who awarded it?
  • How much is it and for how long?
  • What will the money fund?
  • What makes that work unique?

Hosting or participating in an event or conference?

  • What is the event/conference, and where and when is it being held?
  • Are you presenting major research results? If so, please include a lay description.
  • Who is the sponsoring group(s) or individual(s)?

Know of an engaging patient story?

  • Please provide a short summary and what makes this story unique.
  • Where is the patient from, and who is/are the treating physician(s?)?
  • Have you obtained consent for us to contact the patient or the patient’s guardian?

Recruiting for a clinical trial?

  • What is the trial for?
  • How exciting or promising is it?
  • How many patients are you trying to enroll, and how long will it run?
  • Can you help us get IRB approval to send out information about the trial?

Have a promotion or personnel announcement?

  • What is the new title/position?
  • What was the previous title/position?
  • When is the effective date of the change?

If you’ve already connected with a reporter for television, radio or print, please let us know. Keep in mind:

  • We can help coordinate interviews, provide media training and answer questions the reporter may have outside of your area of expertise.
  • If you’ve already been interviewed, send us an email with the name of the reporter, the news outlet and the topic of the story. That way, we can keep an eye out for the story.
  • Do not speak “off the record,” and don’t say anything you wouldn’t want to see/hear in the media.