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  • 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.


    An international research collaboration has developed a noninvasive multimodal nanoparticle-based imaging agent that can assess the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), which also could help with earlier cancer diagnosis or advanced targeted therapy.

  • Research Data Center Branch Coming to Illinois in 2017

    Great news out of the UI Department of Economics: the U.S. Census Bureau has approved the university’s application for a branch Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

  • Mayo Clinic Biobank

    Research by the Numbers: The Power of Data to Transform Individualized Medicine

    The Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois are teaming up to translate data-heavy genomics research into customized clinical care.

  • Report: People buy most of their junk food at the supermarket

    An analysis of a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults reveals that access to healthy foods in a supermarket does not hinder Americans’ consumption of empty calories. In fact, the study found, U.S. adults buy the bulk of their sugar-sweetened beverages and nutrient-poor discretionary foods at supermarkets and grocery stores.

    The new findings challenge the “food desert” hypothesis, which posits that a lack of access to supermarkets and grocery stores in some communities worsens the obesity crisis by restricting people’s access to healthy foods.

  • Report: A host of common chemicals endanger child brain development

    In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages.

  • REDCap Research Story: The Medical Cannabis Patient Program

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study says

    Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.

    University of Illinois eating disorders and body-image expert Janet Liechty, who led the study, said young children are forming their body images – positive or negative – far earlier than many parents expect and largely outside of parental awareness.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Portable Device Can Quickly Determine the Extent of an Eye Injury

    Illlinois and Carle researchers join forces at the IHSI's Biomedical Research Center to study a biomarker connected to eye injury and develop a portable sensor that can tell clinicians the extent of ocular trauma.

  • 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.”

  • Lara Pilutti

    People with MS may be more physically fit than tests indicate, study finds

    Conventional methods of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength among people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate participants’ capabilities, prompting clinicians to prescribe exercise therapies that are less effective than they could be, according to new research by scientists at the University of Illinois.

    In a study of 64 patients with MS, kinesiology and community health professor Lara Pilutti and her colleagues found that participants had significantly higher peak aerobic capacity and muscle strength when recumbent steppers and computerized dynamometers were used for the tests, compared with arm ergometers and handheld dynamometers.

  • Parents’ binge eating, restrictive feeding practices may be reactions to children’s emotions

    A new study of more than 440 parents and their preschoolers offers insight into why some parents who binge eat also may try to restrict their children’s food intake, placing their children at higher risk for unhealthy eating habits and weight problems.

    Parents who reported feeling distress when their child was angry, crying or fearful were more likely to engage in episodes of binge eating – and to limit the amounts or types of food they provided to their children, University of Illinois researchers found.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paper: Enzyme that digests vitamin A also may regulate testosterone levels

    An enzyme that converts the dietary carotenoid beta carotene into vitamin A in the body may also regulate testosterone levels and growth of the prostate, a new study found.

  • 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.

  • Pan Wins 2016 NML Researcher Award

    Dipanjan Pan, Bioengineering assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a recipient of the 2016 NML Researcher Award, sponsored by the journal of Nano-Micro Letters (NML). The award recognizes 15 outstanding researchers whose research fields are nano and micro science, with special consideration for those who have continuously made outstanding contributions to the development of science in the last three years.

  • R Hernandez

    Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds

    People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.

    “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,” said lead author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Old Drugs, New Tricks: Medications approved for other uses also have antibiotic action

    University of Illinois chemists have found that a number of drugs approved to treat various conditions also have antibiotic properties.

  • ‘Nudges’ an inexpensive, effective way to increase completion of health promotion programs

    Keeping messages brief and simple can produce gains when trying to encourage patients to complete a health care program, says research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in social psychology.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Novel quantum dots enhance cell imaging

    A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic have engineered a new type of molecular probe that can measure and count RNA in cells and tissue without organic dyes. 

  • 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. 

  • Nondrug interventions improve quality of life for Chinese cancer patients

    A meta-analysis of dozens of studies of traditional Chinese medicine and other nonpharmacological interventions meant to improve patients’ quality of life affirms that these approaches, on the whole, help alleviate depression, fatigue, pain, anxiety, insomnia and gastrointestinal problems in Chinese cancer patients.

    Specific interventions associated with traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture and therapeutic massage, reduced gastrointestinal disruptions after surgery, and acupuncture also lessened fatigue in cancer patients, the researchers report in the journal Oncotarget.

  • 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.

  • NIH director's blog cites oncological work of Professors Fan, Chang

    Many people share their homes with their pet dogs. Spending years under the same roof with the same environmental exposures, people and dogs have something else in common that sometimes gets overlooked. They can share some of the same diseases, such as diabetes and cancer. By studying these diseases in dogs, researchers can learn not only to improve care for people but for their canine friends as well.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New technology uses computational techniques to more clearly see individual rods and cones, the cells that detect light in the back of the eye.

    New Technology Looks into the Eye and Brings Cells into Focus

    Dr. Stephen Boppart led a team that developed a new medical imaging device that can see individual cells in the back of the eye to better diagnose and track disease.

  • 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.

  • New Synthetic Tumor Environments Make Cancer Research More Realistic

    Tumors are notoriously difficult to study in their natural habitat—body tissues—but a new synthetic tissue environment may give cancer researchers the next-best look at tumor growth and behavior.

  • New student group spreads the love

    Love Your Melon (LYM), an apparel brand founded in 2012 and run by college students across the United States, has been active on the University of Illinois campus since 2014. Love Your Melon’s mission is to give a hat to every child in America who is battling cancer. To reach this goal, LYM recruits “College Campus Ambassadors” from over 300 educational institutions, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to help with the marketing and sales of their products.

    Sophie Lanser, an Illinois engineering student and Crew Captain of LYM on campus, became interested in Love Your Melon when she was searching online for a winter hat to purchase. The rest is history. Since the chapter’s start in December 2014, Lanser said she has been surprised by the success of LYM and the support it has received.

  • New Research Shows Childhood Concussions Impair Brain Function

    Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman and his team are continuing to investigate the link between childhood concussions and brain function.

  • New Optical Method Promises Faster, more Accurate Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

    A new optical method for more quickly and accurately determining whether breast tissue lesions are cancerous is described by University of Illinois researchers in the Journal of Biomedical Optics, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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