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  • 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.

  • Viruses share genes with organisms across the tree of life

    A new study reveals that viruses share genes across the three superkingdoms of life, from the single-celled microbes known as bacteria and archaea, to eukarya, a group that includes animals, plants, fungi and all other living things. Most of this unusual sharing occurs between eukarya and bacteria and their viruses.

  • Exercise Changes Gut Microbial Composition Independent of Diet, Team Reports

    Jacob Allen, Prof. Jeffrey Woods and their colleagues found that exercise alters the microbial composition of the gut in potentially beneficial ways.


    Researchers at the Beckman Institute are investigating the efficacy of topical dermatological medications through noninvasive imaging technologies that track changes at the molecular level more quickly than previously possible.

  • Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patients

    U. of I. veterinary oncologist Dr. Timothy Fan, left, chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother and their colleagues are testing the safety of a new cancer drug in a clinical trial for humans with late-stage brain cancer. The compound has worked well in canine patients with brain cancer, lymphoma and osteosarcoma.

  • Drug-delivering nanoparticles seek and destroy elusive cancer stem cells

    Illinois researchers developed nanoparticles that can target cancer stem cells (yellow), the rare cells within a tumor (blue) that can cause cancer to recur or spread.  

  • Theory: Flexibility is at the heart of human intelligence

    University of Illinois psychology professor Aron Barbey proposes that the brain’s dynamic properties drive human intelligence.

  • Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity

    Illinois researchers used ultrafast pulses of tailored light to make neurons fire in different patterns, the first example of coherent control in a living cell.

  • Study in mice finds dietary levels of genistein may adversely affect female fertility

    A new study of mice by scientists at the University of Illinois raises concerns about the potential impact that long-term exposure to genistein prior to conception may have on fertility and pregnancy. The study was conducted by, from left, food science and human nutrition professor William G. Helferich, comparative biosciences professor Jodi A. Flaws and animal sciences research specialist James A. Hartman.

  • Shape-shifting Agent Targets Harmful Bacteria in the Stomach

    At normal tissue pH, the polymer is not active and does not kill bacteria. But in an acidic environment, it disrupts the H. pylori bacteria’s membranes to kill it.

  • U. of I. Program to Help Provide Mental Health Services to High-need Areas in Illinois

    Principal investigator Janet Liechty is leading a $1.9 million initiative in the School of Social Work that provides behavioral health services to underserved areas in Illinois.

  • Study: Serving water with school lunches could prevent child, adult obesity

    University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An’s analysis suggests that nationwide expansion of a program in New York City schools that encouraged children to consume water with their lunches could reduce child and adult obesity rates in the U.S. significantly, saving billions in medical costs and other expenses over children’s lifetimes.

  • Stem cells from muscle could address diabetes-related circulation problems

    Professors Marni Boppart and Wawrzyniec Lawrence Dobrucki found that stem cells helped alleviate complications from peripheral artery disease in diabetic mice.

  • FDA Moves to Revoke Soy Health Claim

    Dr. John Erdman weighs in on the FDA's move to revoke the authorized health claim that soy protein reduces heart disease risk.

  • Stemlike Cells at Tumor Perimeter Promote New Blood Vessels to Feed Tumor Growth

    Kristopher Kilian and his research team found stemlike cells at the edge of melanoma tumors secrete factors to promote blood-vessel growth, allowing the cancer to grow and spread.

  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditation

    Dr. King Li is the dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicince, which is the world's first engineering-based medical school.

  • U. of I. nutrition scientist Sharon Donovan elected to National Academy of Medicine

    University of Illinois food science and human nutrition professor Sharon Donovan, center, is among 70 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

  • Cholesterol byproduct hijacks immune cells, lets breast cancer spread

    A cholesterol byproduct facilitates breast cancer’s spread by hijacking immune cells, a new University of Illinois study found. Pictured, from left: Postdoctoral researcher Amy Baek, professor Erik Nelson and breast cancer survivor Sarah Adams.

  • Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden world

    Illinois electrical and computer engineering professor Viktor Gruev, right, and graduate student Missael Garcia have developed a camera capable of sensing both color and polarization by mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp that may improve early cancer detection and provide new understanding of underwater phenomena. 

  • No ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study finds

    Psychology professor Brent Roberts and his colleagues found no evidence that narcissism among college students increased between the 1990s and the 2010s. If anything, the team reports, narcissism declined over that period.

  • Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?

    Veterinary clinical medicine professor Dr. Jason Pieper, a veterinary dermatologist, sees patients with antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections nearly every day on the job.

  • Large, crystalline lipid scaffolds bring new possibilities to protein, drug research

    University of Illinois engineering professor Cecilia Leal, left, and graduate student Hojun Kim have developed a large, crystalline lipid structure that can support much larger proteins and molecules than before.

  • Paper: Don’t rely on mixed messages to change health behaviors

    Self-improvement messages to lose weight, quit smoking or eat more fruits and vegetables can fall on deaf ears if the intervention message is mixed, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.

  • Illinois researchers develop spectroscopic "science camera" system for smartphone-enabled mobile health

    The latest versions of most smartphones contain at least two and sometimes three built-in cameras. Researchers at the University of Illinois would like to sell mobile device manufactures on the idea of adding yet another image sensor as a built-in capability for health diagnostic, environmental monitoring, and general-purpose color sensing applications.

  • NPRE researcher teams with Carle Hospital to improve quantitative accuracy in molecular imaging

    Shiva Abbaszadeh works with Carle Foundation Hospital in using active cancer patient scans to improve quantitative accuracy in molecular imaging.

  • Researchers use computation and genomics to battle tooth decay

    An expert in using computational and experimental techniques to combat infectious diseases, Illinois Bioengineering faculty and MMG member Paul Jensen is taking aim at one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S.—tooth decay. Earlier this year Jensen received $218,000 in funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to apply a data-driven approach to understanding the role that certain bacteria play in cavity formation.

  • Study: Biomarkers as Predictive of Sepsis as Lengthy Patient Monitoring

    Researchers at the University of Illinois worked with physicians at Carle Foundation Hospital in a new study that found one measurement of biomarkers in the blood can predict a patient’s sepsis status as well as monitoring the patient for hours. 

  • Could a Videogame Strengthen Your Aging Brain?

    Psychology professor Daniel Simons, a member of Beckman’s Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, was quoted in an article about whether “brain training” games improve cognitive function. “There's no compelling evidence that practicing these games leads to real world improvements in daily tasks,” Simons said. The article referenced a 2016 study led by Simons and Liz Stine-Morrow, a professor of educational psychology and member of Beckman’s Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group.

  • Study Examines Dietary Fats’ Impact on Healthy, Obese Adults

    Substituting foods low in saturated fat may not be as beneficial for high cholesterol and weight loss as previously thought, suggests a new study led by graduate research assistant Bridget A. Hannon.

  • Combating antiviral drug resistance with dynamic therapeutics

    Antiviral drug resistance has long been a problem in modern society. As viruses evolve, they develop resistance to antiviral drugs, which become less effective at treating diseases such as influenza. Now, a group of researchers is approaching this problem with a new idea: what if antiviral drugs could evolve along with viruses to stop this resistance?

  • Ringing in Ears Keeps Brain More at Attention, Less at Rest, Study Finds

    Neuroscience graduate student Sara Schmidt, left, and speech and hearing science professor Fatima Husain conducted a study that found that tinnitus patients have differences in the region of the brain called the precuneus, which cause the brain to stay more at attention and be less at rest.

  • Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows

    A new study at Illinois has found that there is a three-way relationship between a type of gut bacteria, cortisol, and brain metabolites. This relationship, the researchers hypothesize, may potentially lead to further insight into autism, but more in-depth studies are needed. Researchers included animal sciences doctoral student Austin Mudd and Ryan Dilger, an associate professor of animal sciences and member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.

  • Is It Possible To Wipe Out Those Bad Memories?

    The impact of painful experiences can last a lifetime. A new study says it is possible to wipe out memories that cause stress and even induce insomnia in some individuals. A 2014 study by Florin Dolcos, a professor of psychology and member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, was mentioned in an article in International Business Times about the recent study. “Looking away from the worst emotions and thinking about the context, like a friend who was there or what the weather was like, will rather effortlessly take your mind away from the unwanted emotions associated with a negative memory,” Dolcos said.

  • Slowing Dangerous Bacteria May be More Effective Than Killing Them, Researchers Report

    Disease-causing bacteria like Yersinia enterocolitica, pictured, communicate with chemical signals that allow them to respond collectively to environmental changes. Researchers hope to harness these signals to fight bacterial infections.

  • Bashir Named Executive Associate Dean of Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    Rashid Bashir, a professor of bioengineering, has been named the executive associate dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

  • Increased Risk of Suicide, Mental Health Conditions Linked to Sexual Assault Victimization

    Suicidality, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions are “not uncommon responses to sexual assault,” said U. of I. psychology professor Nicole Allen, a co-author on a new analysis of sexual assault victimization and mental health outcomes.

  • New handheld spectral analyzer uses smartphone to detect disease

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments. Costing only $550, the spectral transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI)-Analyzer from Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Brian Cunningham's lab attaches to a smartphone and analyzes patient blood, urine, or saliva samples as reliably as clinic-based instruments that cost thousands of dollars.

  • Firmer, fitter frame linked to firmer, fitter brain

    In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers at Illinois, including Aron K. Barbey, associate professor of psychology, and collaborators from Northeastern University in Boston and the University of Delaware found that aerobically fit individuals have a better memory, and a firmer, more elastic brain hippocampus.

  • New Microscope Technique Reveals Internal Structure of Live Embryos

    Marcello Rubessa, Gabriel Popescu and Matthew B. Wheeler teamed up to produce 3-D images of live cattle embryos that could help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in humans.

  • Media Portrayals of Pregnant Women, New Moms Unrealistic, Study Says

    Media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women are unrealistic and may heighten women’s self-consciousness and dissatisfaction with their bodies, women said in a new study led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Toni Liechty.

  • Robotic hands for all: U. of I.-based startup works to make bionic limbs affordable

    Psyonic, a startup operating out of U of I’s Research Park, is trying to change the future of prosthetics by building a better, more affordable bionic hand that’s guided by machine learning. Bionic limbs can aid greatly in an amputee's daily life, but the most advanced versions often cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more, according to Psyonic co-founder and CEO Aadeel Akhtar, who is a member of Beckman’s Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group.

  • Illinois researchers investigate neuron coding for advances in prosthetics

    “There is a mathematically optimum strategy for coding and transmitting signals in the most ideal way, and neurons have evolved biophysical mechanisms to find that way,” said Ratnam. "Neurons are not noisy or unreliable coders as is believed. They are precise devices and they encode information with the fidelity needed for a given physiological function.

  • Study Finds Parallels Between Unresponsive Honey Bees, Autism in Humans

    Socially unresponsive bees share something fundamental with autistic humans, new research from Illinois' Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology finds.  

  • NSF Awards Illinois $3M for Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Training

    Program to form new insight on the brain, expand participation in field of brain science.

  • Cognitive Cross-Training Enhances Learning, Study Finds

    Illinois professor Aron Barbey led a study that examined how cognitive cross-training affects skill learning.

  • Physical Activity Could Combat Fatigue, Cognitive Decline in Cancer Survivors

    Illinois postdoctoral researcher Diane Ehlers and professor emeritus Edward McAuley found that physical activity may have cognitive benefits for cancer survivors struggling with fatigue and “chemo brain.”

  • Lutein May Counter Cognitive Aging, Study Finds

    Lutein may play a protective role against age-related cognitive decline, suggests a study by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Naiman Khan and postdoctoral researcher Anne Walk.

  • Massive Simulation Shows HIV Capsid Interacting With its Environment

    Physics professor Klaus Schulten and postdoctoral researcher Juan R. Perilla conducted a 64-million-atom simulation of the HIV capsid. Video shows simulation of HIV capsid. Yellow and blue particles are ions flowing into and out of the capsid.

  • Study: Omega-3 fatty Acids Fight Inflammation via Cannabinoids

    Graduate student Josephine Watson, professor Aditi Das, graduate student Megan Corbett, professor Kristopher Kilian and their colleagues discovered an enzymatic pathway that converts omega-3-derived endocannabinoids into more potent anti-inflammatory molecules.

  • Cancer Center at Illinois set to coordinate UI's effort in fight

    There's some new muscle on the way in the war on cancer. The new Cancer Center at Illinois is being launched to bring together more than 90 faculty members, plus graduate and postdoctoral researchers, from across the local campus to pursue advances in cancer-fighting technologies and treatments.