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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • SUTTON AWARDED BECKMAN’S VISION AND SPIRIT AWARD

    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.

  • CRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasure

    Illinois researchers used CRISPR technology to activate silent gene clusters in Streptomyces bacteria, a potential treasure trove of new classes of drugs.

  • Study of sleep apps finds room for improvement

    Kinesiology and community health professor Diana Grigsby-Toussaint and her colleagues found that many popular sleep apps fail to educate users about the benefits of sleep or risks of not getting enough of it.

  • Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancer

    University of Illinois researchers developed a method to detect and map DNA methylation, which can be a sign of cancer, by threading the DNA through a tiny hole in a thin sheet of conductive material with a current running through it.

  • 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.

  • Study links brain structure, anxiety and negative bias in healthy adults

    U. of I. psychology professor Sanda Dolcos and graduate student Yifan Hu found brain differences among healthy college students that are linked to their risk of anxiety and negative bias.

  • 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.

  • Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantity

    Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, says a new paper co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois and an expert in consumer food preferences and behaviors.

  • Causes of childhood obesity complex, but families, media play key roles

    Children’s genetic risks for obesity may be reduced by interventions that strengthen family communication and help children manage their emotions and feelings of satiety, according to a new review of research on the problem.

    Although the causes of obesity are complex, families have significant influence on children’s dietary habits and weight, and should be involved in planning healthy living campaigns and efforts to curb food marketing that targets children, suggest the study’s authors, Barbara H. Fiese and Kelly K. Bost, both with the University of Illinois.

  • 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.

  • Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasize

    Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study.

    Using engineered tissue environments in various shapes and patterns, the study of skin cancer found that the more curved the cell cultures were, the more cancer cells at the edges displayed markers of stem cell characteristics – the key to spreading to other tissues. This has potential for furthering our understanding of cancer as well as developing personalized treatment plans.

    Led by Kristopher Kilian, a professor of materials science and engineering, and Timothy Fan, a professor of veterinary medicine, the researchers published their findings in the journal Nature Materials.  

  • 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.

  • Brain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memory

    The Illinois group looked at the microstructure of the tissue, using an emerging neuroimaging tool called magnetic resonance elastography.

  • Six Illinois Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Congratulations to the six Illinois professors who were elected to the National Academy of Sciences! 

  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural faculty

    The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members. The list includes prominent researchers, administrators and medical professionals with a broad range of expertise invaluable to building the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine.

    “The goal of our new college of medicine is to help re-engineer the entire health care process alongside medical education,” said Dr. King Li, the dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. “This is a place where researchers from across specialties are brought together to address grand challenges, and that is a very special atmosphere.”

    The college is a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System, based in Urbana. The college will welcome its first class of 32 students in 2018.

  • Four Illinois professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Four University of Illinois professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive.

    John Cronan, Jeffrey Moore, Donald Ort and Gary Parker are among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates announced by the Academy on May 2.

    "The entire campus community is celebrating the election of our colleagues to the National Academy of Sciences," said Robert J. Jones, the chancellor of the Urbana-Champaign campus. "This is one of our nation’s highest honors for scientific achievement, and we are proud to see four more of our distinguished faculty taking their places in this prestigious institution."

  • 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.

  • UI med school faculty starting to come together

    The 100-faculty threshold is key, as it allows the college to create faculty committees and a shared governance system.

    Most of the faculty are familiar faces, doctors already working at Carle (41) or professors at the UI's Urbana campus (63) who will hold full or partial appointments at the medical school.

  • 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.

  • Computer-generated doctor explains test results to patients

    Educational psychologist Daniel Morrow is leading a project aimed at helping people with low health literacy better understand their health data.

  • Antibiotic breakthrough: Team discovers how to overcome gram-negative bacterial defenses

    Illinois researchers have found a way to penetrate the cell wall of gram-negative bacteria, overcoming a major barrier to the development of new broad-spectrum antibiotics.

  • ‘Molecular prosthetics’ can replace missing proteins to treat disease

    Molecular prosthetics are small molecules that can replace missing proteins to treat diseases. Illinois professor Martin Burke describes one that could treat anemia by replacing an iron transport protein.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Study: Higher mass transit use associated with lower obesity rates

    Using public health and transportation data, Illinois professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and colleagues found that higher mass transit use is correlated with lower obesity rates.

  • 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.

  • Studies link healthy brain aging to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood

    New studies from Illinois psychology professor Aron Barbey and colleagues link specific nutrients to the structure and function of brain regions that are particularly sensitive to aging and neurodegenerative disease.

  • Sensors detect disease markers in breath

    Illinois postdoctoral researcher Fengjiao Zhang and professor Ying Diao developed devices for sensing disease markers in breath.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Human trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investment

    Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million to help get the compound this far in the drug-approval pipeline.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also granted PAC-1 orphan drug status for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, a deadly brain cancer. This designation is meant to encourage development of drugs to treat rare diseases or conditions affecting a small subset of the population. Some steps in the approval process are aided or expedited for orphan drugs.

  • Workshop on perinatal depression planned for June 1-2

    Patients who have perinatal depression and their health care providers are serving as investigators on a research project co-led by University of Illinois social work professor Karen Tabb and Brandon Meline, director of the Maternal and Child Health Division at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

  • Future Environments: Doctor's Office of the Future with Stephen Boppart

    Watch the video of Stephen Boppart, professor of bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering, as he answers a few questions about the future of health care. 

  • Chemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatment

    Illinois professor Kristopher Kilian led a research team that developed a chemical array to culture metastatic cancer cells so that different treatments can be tested on them.

  • Unusual modifications of neuropeptides play important roles in the central nervous system

    Understanding how neuropeptides function in cellular communication is important to understanding what happens when cell signaling goes wrong, as is the case in many diseases.

  • Too much of a good thing: Developing safe level guidelines for bioactives

    John Erdman, IHSI Deputy Director and professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, and his lab have studied bioactives and their health benefits for years. Now, Erdman and a team of other scientists want to see recommended maximum intake levels established by public health officials in order to help educate people about what they should be consuming.

  • Study: Disease-causing stomach bug attacks energy generation in host cells

    Microbiology professor Steven Blanke, graduate student Ik-Jung Kim and their colleagues discovered how a disease-causing bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, undermines the body’s immune defenses.

  • Study links neighborhood factors, breast cancer rates in African-American women

    Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and survival rates may have more to do with women’s living environments than their races, suggests a new meta-analysis of recent research on the topic by, from left, graduate student Brandi Patrice Smith and professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, both in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois.

  • Researchers develop microscopy technique to analyze cellular focal adhesion dynamics

    Researchers at the Beckman Institute and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois have developed a new form of microscopy that allows them to observe the formation and evolution of cell membrane focal adhesions.

  • Study: Larger sample sizes needed to increase reproducibility in neuroscience studies

    University of Illinois psychology professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues tested the reproducibility of task-based fMRI studies of various sizes.

  • IHSI Officially Newest Interdisciplinary Research Institute at Illinois

    The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has approved a new name for the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI): the “Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute.” With the Institute designation, IHSI joins six other Interdisciplinary Research Institutes as the newest pillar of the research ecosystem at Illinois.

  • Study finds brain markers of numeric, verbal and spatial reasoning abilities

    A new study begins to clarify how brain structure and chemistry give rise to specific aspects of “fluid intelligence,” the ability to adapt to new situations and solve problems one has never encountered before.

    The study, reported in the journal NeuroImage, links higher concentrations of a marker of energy production in the brain with an improved ability to solve verbal and spatial problems. It also finds an association between brain size and number-related problem-solving.

  • New tissue-imaging technology could enable real-time diagnostics, map cancer progression

    Illinois researchers developed a tissue-imaging microscope that can image living tissue in real time and molecular detail, allowing them to monitor tumors and their environments as cancer progresses.

  • Studies link nutrient, academic achievement in pre-adolescent children

    n two new studies, University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Naiman Khan, postdoctoral researcher Anne Walk and their colleagues found links between levels of lutein in the eye and cognition and academic performance in pre-adolescent children.