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  • Illinois Cancer Scholars: Cancer Scholars Program links education to real-world issues

    The Illinois Cancer Scholars Program, a new undergraduate training program launched in fall 2014 in the department of bioengineering. The idea behind the program is to offer students a different kind of educational experience in which they learn about a real-world problem and approaches to solving it. The goal is to show the students the relevance of their coursework and to provide clinical and research opportunities for them to apply what they are learning to cancer research.

  • 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.

  • Drug Trial in Dogs with Cancer May Speed Advances in Human Oncology

    Pet dogs may be humans’ best friends in a new arena of life: cancer treatment, said University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan. Physiological similarities between dogs and humans, and conserved genetics between some dog and human cancers, can allow pet dogs to serve as useful models for studying new cancer drugs.

  • Beckman Researchers Awarded NIH BRAIN Initiative Grant

    Researchers at the Beckman Institute have received more than $2 million dollars over three years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative in order to develop an analytical platform that can lead to new insights in neuroscience and create diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities in treating neurological diseases.

  • Study: Emotion Processing in the Brain Changes with Tinnitus Severity

    Illinois speech and hearing science professor Fatima Husain and her colleagues have found a relationship between tinnitus severity and emotion processing in the brain.

  • Study links responsible behavior in high school to life success 50 years later

    University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts and his colleagues found that, above and beyond other factors known to influence life success, responsible behavior and interest in high school correspond to economic and career success 50 years later.

  • Study: Brain metabolism predicts fluid intelligence in young adults

    A healthy brain is critical to a person's cognitive abilities, but measuring brain health can be a complicated endeavor. A new study by University of Illinois researchers reports that healthy brain metabolism corresponds with fluid intelligence – a measure of one's ability to solve unusual or complex problems – in young adults.

    The results are reported in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

  • Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy ‘memorized’ by fetal muscle cells

    A new study has uncovered the genetic processes that link insufficient protein consumption during pregnancy with the development of muscle problems in mothers and their male offspring.

  • BioE team earns top prize in primary healthcare technology competitition

    Anurup Ganguli, PhD student in bioengineering received this year’s First Prize of $150,000 in the Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare competition, administered by Massachusetts General Hospital through its Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF) initiative.

    The project created by Ganguli and his team, “Personalized Multiplexed Molecular Diagnostics for Point-of-Care Setting,” offers a novel technology for rapid detection of infectious diseases in all primary-care settings. The students’ intent is to drive down costs and allow testing in resource-limited countries by creating a diagnostic device that uses blood samples from a simple finger prick. Also on the Illinois team are Bioengineering PhD students Akid Ornob and Tanmay Ghonge, and Gregory Damhorst, a medical student and recent BIOE PhD graduate.

  • Researchers using Blue Waters supercomputer make strides in researching treatment for Ebola, other pathogenic diseases

    Who would have thought that a method that enabled the automatic firing of anti-aircraft guns in World War II would be applicable over 70 years later? This time, though, instead of protecting London's citizens from German warplanes, it’s creating antibodies to protect humans from infectious viruses. Even the method of viral infection is similarly violent to warplanes—viruses like Ebola punch a hole in the surface of a cell to inject genetic material. This method, called smart Monte Carlo or biased random walk, can be explained in terms of evolution: Random mutations occur, but there's a bias toward those mutations that improve survival, since the lethal mutations won't get passed on.

    A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stanford University used this method to predict what antibody would most likely pair best with a protein that coats a virus. Their work focuses on two strains of the Ebola virus, and multiple possible mutants of both strains.

  • Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive

    A new analysis supports the hypothesis that viruses are living entities that share a long evolutionary history with cells, researchers report. The study offers the first reliable method for tracing viral evolution back to a time when neither viruses nor cells existed in the forms recognized today, the researchers say. The new findings appear in the journal Science Advances.

  • Study: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adults

    A new study shows that age-related differences in brain health—specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain—vary with fitness level in older adults. The findings suggest that greater cardiorespiratory fitness—a measure of aerobic endurance—relates to stronger brain connections and likely improves long-term brain function in aging populations.

    The study results are reported in the journal NeuroImage.

    Michelle Voss led the study while a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois with Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer and kinesiology and community health professor Edward McAuley. Voss now is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wrobel works to improve prostate cancer diagnostics

    Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Tomasz Wrobel examines the chemical changes in tissues in order to predict the recurrence of prostate cancer.

  • U.S. Senator Durbin Calls for Stronger Federal Investment in Biomedical Research

    In his visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, Senator Durbin discussed his American Cures Act and American Innovation Act, new legislation that would create a mandatory fund to provide steady, predicable funding for breakthrough research at America’s top research agencies. View video of Durbin's speech here.

  • 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.

  • Illinois Researchers Receive Endocrine Society's Koch Lifetime Achievement Award

    The award honors Benita S. Katzenellenbogen and John A. Katzenellenbogen for their exceptional contributions to the field of endocrinology.

  • University of Illinois, Carle and OSF HealthCare attack overwhelming infection using engineering-based medicine

    The Resilience Engineering in Sepsis Care program will create new tools in point-of-care diagnostics, precision medicine, data analytics, and medical simulation.

  • Grant funds computer simulation to train social work students, clinicians

    A federal grant of more than $919,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will fund one new course at the University of Illinois and support training for clinicians at area agencies in conducting early interventions with people who abuse substances.

    The training will be accomplished using a computer simulation called the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment protocol, an early intervention often used in hospital emergency rooms and other public health settings to screen people for substance abuse problems.

    Viewers using the program, developed by the technology company Kognito, must select the correct clinical response based upon the information provided by an onscreen client.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Illinois and Mayo Clinic Team up to Develop Improved Method to Identify Seizure-causing Regions in the Brain

    Illinois' Yogatheesan (Yoga) Varatharajah, Ravi Iyer and collaborators from Mayo Clinic have developed a method to help doctors quickly identify the part of brain causing a patient’s epilepsy.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt away

    A new class of small, thin electronic sensors can monitor temperature and pressure within the skull – crucial health parameters after a brain injury or surgery – then melt away when they are no longer needed, eliminating the need for additional surgery to remove the monitors and reducing the risk of infection and hemorrhage.

    Similar sensors can be adapted for postoperative monitoring in other body systems as well, the researchers say. Led by John A. Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Wilson Ray, a professor of neurological surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the researchers published their work in the journal Nature.

  • Researchers Shed Light on How Influenza Evades Immune Systems

    Mutations allow virus to escape antibodies and regain strength, so Christopher Brooke, a professor of microbiology, sequenced viral RNA to identify mutations that allow influenza to evade immune systems.

  • Key to Willpower Lies in Believing You Have it in Abundance

    People who believe they have an abundant supply of self-control are more likely to feel invigorated by mentally taxing activities than people who believe their willpower is a finite resource, according to a new study by University of Illinois educational psychology professor Christopher Napolitano.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • In Impoverished Communities, Healthcare Awareness as Important as Access, Affordability

    New research co-written by Gies College of Business professor Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee studies the interdependence of affordability, awareness and access for health care delivery by nonprofits in underserved countries.

  • How Do Sexual Assault Survivors Fare?

    Sexual trauma can lead to feelings of fear and shame. Healing occurs best in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship, says U. of I. kinesiology and community health professor Robyn L. Gobin.

  • A Powerful Supercomputer is Helping Scientists to Understand Epilepsy

    The Soltesz lab at Stanford University is using NCSA's Blue Waters to create realistic models of the hippocampus in rat brains. The hippocampus is thought to be the site of origin of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), which is the most common variant of the disease.

  • 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.

  • Tiny Drug-delivering Capsules Could Sustain Transplanted Insulin-producing Cells for Diabetics

    llinois professor Kyekyoon ”Kevin” Kim, graduate student Benjamin Lew and research scientist Hyungsoo Choi developed a method to make it easier to transplant pancreatic islet cells from pigs to treat type I diabetes.  

  • Doctors Played a Role in Ideas About Racial Differences

    UI history professor Rana Hogarth’s research focuses on the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between.

  • Examining Bone Regeneration: Microscopy Suite Tools Assist Researchers in Skull Injury Repair

    With funding from the United States Army, researchers at the University of Illinois are looking for ways to repair complicated skull injuries with biomaterials—substances that can interact with or guide the body’s natural healing processes—instead of using artificial materials like titanium plates or grafting bone from other areas onto the head.

  • 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.

  • Social media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone polling

    Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.

  • 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.

  • Many applied to be in inaugural Carle Illinois College of Medicine class

    Despite an abbreviated recruiting season that began last October, the college received almost 1,100 applications, and 533 followed through with the more rigorous secondary application process.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression - and may not last

    Illinois professors, from left, Jodi Flaws, Megan Mahoney and Rebecca Smith found that sleep problems in menopause are closely correlated with hot flashes and depression, but that they may not last after menopause.