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  • 3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturing

    Freeform printing allows the researchers to make intricate structures, such as this model of a heart, that could not be made with traditional layer-by-layer 3-D printing. The structures could be used as scaffolds for tissue engineering or device manufacturing.

  • Optical Imaging Investigates Topical Treatment for Diabetic Wounds

    A team of Illinois' Beckman Institute researchers demonstrated a label-free and more direct way to observe and quantify microvascular and metabolic healing mechanisms, and the biological response to a topical treatment, utilizing a multimodal microscope equipped with OCT and FLIM.

  • New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cells

    Illinois professor Andrew Smith and graduate student Mohammad Zahid developed a technique to track molecules that deliver drugs and genes to cells.

  • Brazilians with less education more likely to report being in poor health, study finds

    Illinois professor Flavia Cristina Drumond Andrade led a study of education levels and self-reported health in Brazil.

  • Sensor study launching at Carle gets national attention

    “I was amazed and humbled. It’s incredible that someone of his stature (NIH Director Francis Collins) is tracking and interested in the research,” Carle Illinois College of Medicine's Dr. Charles Davies said of the recognition of publication in a top scientific journal.

  • Paper: Four service features impact demand for physicians’ online bookings

    In health care, four service-quality proxies—bedside manner, diagnosis accuracy, wait time, and service time—disproportionately affect demand for patient care, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.

  • Elastic microspheres expand understanding of embryonic development and cancer cells

    Illinois mechanical sciences and engineering professor Ning Wang, graduate students Erfan Mohagheghian and Gaurav Chaudhary, and postdoctoral researchers Junwei Chen and Jian Sun are measuring mechanical forces within cells to help unlock some of the mysteries of embryonic development and cancer.

  • CRISPR tech ‘knocks out’ yeast genes with single-point precision

    The CRISPR-Cas9 system has given researchers the power to precisely edit selected genes. Now, researchers have used it to develop a technology that can target any gene in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and turn it off by deleting single letters from its DNA sequence.

  • Walnuts impact gut microbiome and improve health

    Diets rich in nuts, such as walnuts, have been shown to play a role in heart health and in reducing colorectal cancer. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, the way walnuts impact the gut microbiome—the collection of trillions of microbes or bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract—may be behind some of those health benefits.

  • Prosthetic arms can provide controlled sensory feedback, study finds

    University of Illinois researchers have developed a control algorithm that regulates the current so a prosthetics user feels steady sensation, even when the electrodes begin to peel off or when sweat builds up.

  • Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?

    Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne, center, and doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and resists the medicalization of autism.

  • IHSI, Beckman Institute Launch New Center for Brain Plasticity

    A new center is taking shape, championed and supported by both the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Led by co-directors Aron Barbey and Neal Cohen, the Center for Brain Plasticity brings together researchers, university-wide, with the aims of advancing understanding of the brain and the power of the brain to be changed by experience and other external influences.

  • New web portal bridges tech tool gap for researchers

    Members of the Research IT team at Technology Services conducted their own research during an initiative called the Year of Cyberinfrastructure and discovered, importantly, that campus researchers often were not aware of technology tools or training opportunities, and that when they did know, those resources were difficult to find.

    The solution was a brand-new portal at researchit.illinois.edu. The website is organized simply by resources, research news and trainings, and is a gateway to those resources, events, and research news that can enhance any researcher’s knowledge and work at Illinois.

  • Study explores carbohydrates’ impact on head, neck cancers

    University of Illinois food science and human nutrition professor Anna E. Arthur found in a new study that a carbohydrate-restricted, higher fat diet may reduce cancer recurrence and mortality rates among people with squamous-cell head and neck cancers.


    Brad Sutton, a professor of bioengineering, the technical director of the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute, and a faculty member of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, was awarded the 2018 Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Vision and Spirit Award.

  • New Camera Gives Surgeons a Butterfly’s-eye View of Cancer

    Postdoctoral researcher Missael Garcia and professor Viktor Gruev led a team that developed a multispectral camera to guide cancer surgery, inspired by the eyes of the morpho butterfly.

  • ‘Healthy Beginnings’ Brings Health Care To New Families

    When it comes to improving public health, the most effective interventions begin early in life. That’s why a team of health workers in Champaign-Urbana is reaching out to disadvantaged families, starting at pregnancy.

  • Researchers explore link between cancer drug and heart attacks

    There are many anti-cancer therapeutics that are effective at killing cancer, but some can have serious side effects, eventually causing heart attacks.

  • Federal Officials Urged to Increase Perinatal Depression Treatment in Minority Women

    Federal funding is needed to increase diagnosis and treatment of perinatal depression in Latina and African-American women, according to a new study by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo.

  • Optimistic Latinos Have Healthier Hearts, Study Finds

    Latinos who are the most optimistic are more likely to have healthy hearts, suggests a new study led by University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez.

  • New NIH-funded research aims to improve prostate cancer outcomes

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers recently received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new assay technology that could determine the effectiveness of cancer drug treatments and aid in disease prognosis. Led by Illinois Bioengineering Assistant Professor Andrew Smith, the team is focusing on detecting nucleic acid-based biomarkers in a single drop of a cancer patient's blood.

  • Prenatal Choline Intake Increases Grey and White Matter in Piglets

    Choline intake during pregnancy can influence infant metabolism and brain development, according to a series of studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Decision-making is shaped by individual differences in the functional brain connectome

    Illinois postdoctoral researcher Tanveer Talukdar performed an analysis of how individual differences in decision-making are associated with specific regions and networks in the brain.

  • Lam Developing Advanced Imaging Techniques to Study Brain Function and Characterize Diseases

    Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Fan Lam is developing and applying advanced magnetic resonance (MR)-based techniques to more accurately map the molecular information in the brain. The ability to map and quantify molecular fingerprints of neural tissues would have significant impact on the study of the physiological basis of brain functions and neurodegenerative diseases, early diagnosis of central nervous system disorders, as well as accurate monitoring of treatment efficacy on these diseases.

  • Emotional suppression reduces memory of negative events

    Psychology professor Sanda Dolcos and graduate student Yuta Katsumi explore how suppressing negative emotions affects brain function and memory.

  • Study Yields More Than a Million New Cyclic Compounds, Some with Pharmaceutical Potential

    Chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk and his colleagues developed a new method for generating large libraries of unique cyclic compounds.

  • Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology concepts

    Director of assessment and evaluation J. Patrick Grenda, left, and medical information science professor Kashif Ahmad, both in the U. of I. College of Medicine, co-wrote a new study in which they found that creating customized videos that explain complex material presented in classroom lectures can be effective teaching tools – and significant time savers for faculty members and medical students.

  • Study links responsible behavior in high school to life success 50 years later

    University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts and his colleagues found that, above and beyond other factors known to influence life success, responsible behavior and interest in high school correspond to economic and career success 50 years later.

  • Would replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?

    The Trump administration’s idea for reducing hunger in the U.S. – a meal-kit procured, packaged and delivered by the government – would be both inefficient and ineffective, said Craig Gundersen, the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy at the University of Illinois College of ACES.

  • Neuroimaging reveals lasting brain deficits in iron-deficient piglets

    Animal sciences professor Ryan Dilger, left, graduate student Austin Mudd and their colleagues used neuroimaging to study how iron deficiency influences piglet brain development. The findings may have implications for human infant brain development.

  • Powerful Supercomputer Unlocks Possibilities for Tinier Devices and Affordable DNA Sequencing

    Since its discovery in 2004, graphene has captured imaginations and sparked innovation in the scientific community. Perhaps rightly so as it is 200 times stronger than the strongest steel but still flexible, incredibly light but extremely tough, and conducts heat and electricity more efficiently than copper.Professor Jerry Bernholc of North Carolina State University is utilizing the National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to explore graphene’s applications, including its use in nanoscale electronics and electrical DNA sequencing. 

  • Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression - and may not last

    Illinois professors, from left, Jodi Flaws, Megan Mahoney and Rebecca Smith found that sleep problems in menopause are closely correlated with hot flashes and depression, but that they may not last after menopause.

  • Many applied to be in inaugural Carle Illinois College of Medicine class

    Despite an abbreviated recruiting season that began last October, the college received almost 1,100 applications, and 533 followed through with the more rigorous secondary application process.

  • Social media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone polling

    Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.

  • Examining Bone Regeneration: Microscopy Suite Tools Assist Researchers in Skull Injury Repair

    With funding from the United States Army, researchers at the University of Illinois are looking for ways to repair complicated skull injuries with biomaterials—substances that can interact with or guide the body’s natural healing processes—instead of using artificial materials like titanium plates or grafting bone from other areas onto the head.

  • Doctors Played a Role in Ideas About Racial Differences

    UI history professor Rana Hogarth’s research focuses on the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between.

  • Tiny Drug-delivering Capsules Could Sustain Transplanted Insulin-producing Cells for Diabetics

    llinois professor Kyekyoon ”Kevin” Kim, graduate student Benjamin Lew and research scientist Hyungsoo Choi developed a method to make it easier to transplant pancreatic islet cells from pigs to treat type I diabetes.  

  • A Powerful Supercomputer is Helping Scientists to Understand Epilepsy

    The Soltesz lab at Stanford University is using NCSA's Blue Waters to create realistic models of the hippocampus in rat brains. The hippocampus is thought to be the site of origin of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), which is the most common variant of the disease.

  • How Do Sexual Assault Survivors Fare?

    Sexual trauma can lead to feelings of fear and shame. Healing occurs best in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship, says U. of I. kinesiology and community health professor Robyn L. Gobin.

  • In Impoverished Communities, Healthcare Awareness as Important as Access, Affordability

    New research co-written by Gies College of Business professor Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee studies the interdependence of affordability, awareness and access for health care delivery by nonprofits in underserved countries.

  • Product Recall Decisions Need Balance to Prevent Overreacting

    Managing the downside risks of technology in a health care setting poses a serious challenge to firms, doctors and patients, said Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.

  • Key to Willpower Lies in Believing You Have it in Abundance

    People who believe they have an abundant supply of self-control are more likely to feel invigorated by mentally taxing activities than people who believe their willpower is a finite resource, according to a new study by University of Illinois educational psychology professor Christopher Napolitano.

  • Researchers Shed Light on How Influenza Evades Immune Systems

    Mutations allow virus to escape antibodies and regain strength, so Christopher Brooke, a professor of microbiology, sequenced viral RNA to identify mutations that allow influenza to evade immune systems.

  • Novel Chip-based Gene Expression Tool Analyzes RNA Quickly and Accurately

    A University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic collaboration has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a cancerous tissue sample while preserving the spatial information across the tissue—something that conventional methods cannot do. 

  • Preterm Babies May Suffer Setbacks in Auditory Brain Development, Speech

    Speech and hearing science professor Brian Monson and his colleagues found delays in the maturation of the auditory cortex of preterm infants. These disruptions were associated with language impairments in the children at age two.

  • Illinois and Mayo Clinic Team up to Develop Improved Method to Identify Seizure-causing Regions in the Brain

    Illinois' Yogatheesan (Yoga) Varatharajah, Ravi Iyer and collaborators from Mayo Clinic have developed a method to help doctors quickly identify the part of brain causing a patient’s epilepsy.

  • Now Seniors, First Cohort of Cancer Scholars Set to Graduate

    The College of Engineering started a bold experiment in undergraduate education using a “challenge-inspired” education model and piloted the first ever Cancer Scholars program in 2014. The idea was to form a small cohort of students, which would mold their undergraduate experience around the idea of cancer research. 

  • Hormone therapy combination may benefit health without increasing cancer risk

    A team led by food science and human nutrition professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan found that treating ovariectomized mice with a combination of conjugated estrogens and the drug bazedoxifene improved metabolism and prevented the weight gain often associated with low estrogen levels without posing increased risk to their reproductive tissues.

  • Whole eggs better for muscle building and repair than egg whites, researchers find

    Researchers found that eating whole eggs after resistance exercise boosted muscle building and repair significantly more than eating egg whites with an equivalent amount of protein.

  • Wagoner Johnson aims to improve scaffold design for bone regeneration

    MechSE Associate Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to further her leading-edge research on synthetic bone scaffolds.