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  • 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.

  • New Crop Awarded: Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Funding Program

    Jointly funded projects address the partnerships’ priorities in clinical and translational research.

  • New Cancer Center at Illinois Unites Powerhouse Programs, Facilities, and Researchers

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have a long history of innovation and discovery in the life sciences, engineering, supercomputing, and imaging. Now, they are launching a new center of interdisciplinary collaboration—the Cancer Center at Illinois—to make a greater impact in the fight against the second leading cause of death in Illinois and the United States.

  • Paper: New mothers abused by partners at greater risk of suicidal thoughts

    A study led by University of Illinois social work professor Karen M. Tabb Dina found that postpartum women in Brazil who experienced domestic violence were three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts.

  • Study identifies key player in heart enlargement

    The heart enlarges in response to growing demands from exercise or heart disease. A new study identifies a key molecular player in this process.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sensors detect disease markers in breath

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • A Healthy Prescription: Beckman Researchers Examine How Comprehension and Memory Impact Self-Care

    Electronic health record portals should make it easy and convenient for patients to view the important information in their medical records. But having access to the information and understanding how to use it are two different things. That’s especially true for older adults, whose increased health care needs can coincide with age-related declines in cognitive abilities, such as working memory and attention. It’s a reality that motivates Daniel Morrow in his work on health literacy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.