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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award Recognizes Bhargava

    In honor of the sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois, the award, in the amount of $150,000, recognizes a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology who exemplifies founder Arnold Beckman’s vision in establishing the Beckman Institute, and who, like Beckman and other Institute faculty members, has fostered collaboration in order to mount a bold and risky experiment that meets not only short-term research goals, but inspires future long-term work, contributing significantly to the mission of the Beckman Institute.

  • By providing proper risk assessment, Steady mobile app hopes to prevent falls common in older adults

    According to Professor Jacob Sosnoff, associate director of the Center on Health and Aging and Disability at the University of Illinois, falls are the leading cause of accidental death and injury in older adults. In fact, one out of three persons age 65 and over is expected to fall in the next year.

  • Applications and Nominations Invited for OVCR Faculty Fellow

  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine to receive preliminary accreditation survey visit from Liaison Committee on Medical Education

    The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will conduct an on-site preliminary accreditation survey visit with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine on June 20-23, 2017. This important milestone in the accreditation process for the college marks its advancement from “applicant school” to “candidate school” status following favorable review of its data collection instrument and self-study submitted in November 2016.

  • Study links sulfide-producing bacteria and colon cancer in African-Americans

    University of Illinois nutritional sciences professor Rex Gaskins, graduate student Patricia Wolf and their colleagues found differences in the microbes that live in the lining of the colon of African-Americans versus non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. These differences are linked to the risk of colon cancer in African-Americans.

  • Round Two of the Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Funding Program Announced

    The jointly funded-seed funding program has been developed between Carle and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has just announced a call for proposals for its second round of funding. The program provides a funding infusion to support and encourage new lines of research and collaboration among Carle physicians and Illinois investigators.

  • Flexing Oor Muscle: Researchers Team Up To Study Stem Ccells And Muscle Rejuvenation

    You’re working hard to stay in shape—it helps your spirit, your body, and your mind. The bad news is that, as you age, your muscles do too. Despite your best intentions, there’s no guarantee that you can maintain that hard-earned muscle mass over time. The good news is that Beckman researcher Marni Boppart is on the job, examining why muscle loss occurs and looking for ways to rejuvenate muscle.

  • Study: Medicare prescription drug benefit reduced elderly mortality by more than 2 percent

    The implementation of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program has reduced elderly mortality by 2.2 percent annually since 2006, says a new study by Julian Reif, a professor of finance and of economics at Illinois.

  • STRONG Kids program receives additional support from the National Dairy Council

    Exploring how multiple factors contribute to the development of childhood obesity, the Family Resiliency Center’s STRONG Kids Program recently received an additional $548,275 of funding from the National Dairy Council (NDC) to extend its current research project, STRONG Kids 2, through 2019.

  • Rapid Imaging of Polymers Could Lead to Better Bioimaging

    A recent study by researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology identifies a method of Quantum Cascade Laser-based (QCL) infrared spectroscopic imaging that provides a more rapid method than conventional Fourier transform infrared imaging (FT-IR) to examine spherulites, large semicrystalline polymer samples, in order to identify chemical and structural properties.

  • Study: Changing the environment within bone marrow alters blood cell development

    Researchers at the University of Illinois report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone marrow.

  • Cancer Community Hosting Spring Seminar Series

    The Cancer Community at Illinois is pleased to present the Spring 2017 Faculty Seminar Series. Each seminar session will include a group of faculty giving brief individual talks and a period for Q&A.

  • Brainhack Coming to Illinois, March 2-4, 2017

    Faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have joined together to bring a mega-brainhack event to campus, March 2-4, 2017 at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Billed as a “community-organized hackathon and unconference” the event will bring together researchers from a variety of fields to connect, collaborate, and solve neuroimaging problems involving large datasets.

    The Brainhack is described as an “unconference” because the weekend is meant to be adaptive with the shape and focus of the event flowing with the problems the registrants bring to the table. Brad Sutton, one of three co-organizers and associate professor in bioengineering, said the ability for the attendees to come together and solve problems as a team is a critical element of any Brainhack event.

  • Illinois Part of New Center Focused On Vector-Borne Disease

    The University of Illinois is among a consortium of Midwestern universities in a new federally funded center created to fight diseases spread by insect vectors, especially mosquitoes and ticks, through a unified approach of research, training, and practice.

  • Study Shows That Americanization May Be Fueling Unhealthy Eating in Jamaica

    Previous research has shown that viewing high amounts of media can negatively impact dietary habits, and these unhealthy habits are a driving force behind obesity and its associated health complications. Even though previous research has linked increased TV consumption with unhealthy eating habits, not much research has focused on the impact that media consumption may have on individuals from different cultures. 

    A study published recently in Child Development by University of Illinois researcher Dr. Gail Ferguson, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, explores whether globalization and the spread of U.S. media could be influencing behaviors and eating habits in developing regions.

  • The Autism Program Introduces a New Certification Preparation for Interns

    The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a community-focused program that aids families and professionals by providing support to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their families, and other professionals in the community. Each semester, TAP welcomes a team of 10 to 12 diligent and hardworking interns who come from a variety of University of Illinois departments such as Human Development and Family Studies, Special Education, Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and the School of Social Work.

  • Tumor-Targeting System Uses Cancer’s Own Mechanisms to Betray its Location

    Illinois researchers developed a way to target tumors using sugars that are metabolized by the cancer cell’s own enzymes.

  • Health Innovations Lecture Series Kicks Off for 2017

    On January 27, Mayo Clinic surgeon Dr. Heidi Nelson discussed emerging technologies, trends, and the future of surgery, as part of Health Innovations Lecture Series sponsored by IHSI and Carle.

  • Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programs

    The success of community health interventions targeting Latinos could be hindered by linguistic and cultural gaps unless researchers recognize the diversity that exists among Latino populations and work closely with community members to adapt programming accordingly, a new study suggests.

  • Study tallies extra calories Americans consume in their coffee, tea

  • Tiny exports signal big shifts in cancer tissue, researchers find

    Microscopic shifts in metabolism and increases in tiny transport vesicles out of tumor cells preface larger changes to the tumor environment and could prepare the way for cancerous cells to spread and metastasize, University of Illinois researchers report.

  • Team discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body’s armor

  • Tool to map gene's ‘social network’ sheds light on function, interactions and drug efficacy

  • Illinois Researchers: Submit Your Thoughts On a 10,000 Genome Grand Challenge Project

    The Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance is gathering feedback from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers in regard to a grand challenge proposed by the Mayo Clinic. The challenge is to develop a pipeline from genomic sequencing to clinically relevant interpretation of the data for 10,000 patient genomes per year. Information gathered through this request will inform the Illinois working group on how to proceed, by highlighting significant areas of interest from the Urbana campus.

  • What is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?

    With all eyes on the potential repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, another fight is brewing in Congress over the future of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program that was significantly expanded under the Affordable Care Act, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.

  • Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reports

    University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts and his colleagues reviewed more than 200 studies of therapeutic interventions – such as counseling or the use of antidepressant drugs – which also tracked personality over time.