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  • Six Illinois Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences

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

  • Illinois-Carle Digestive Health Research Group Takes Shape

    More than 40 health-focused researchers, physicians, and advanced practice providers met this week to take the first steps in organizing the newest UI-Carle health research group. The Illinois-Carle Digestive Health Research Group is forming to combine Carle’s expertise in gastroenterology and digestive health with Illinois research strengths in nutrition, obesity, the human microbiome, and more.

  • Illinois-Carle Collaboration Opens Stellar Opportunities for Graduate Students

    Carle Health System, through its Cancer Center, and the University of Illinois, through the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI), are debuting the Cancer Scholars for Translational and Applied Research (C*STAR) Program, thanks to cross-campus funding and matching support from Carle.

  • Faculty Nominations Now Being Accepted for the NIH Grant Writing Series

    The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI) is presenting a NIH Grant Writing Series at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The series is designed to help junior faculty prepare to write and submit strong R01 or other individual investigator proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This intensive series will consist of 10 sessions, scheduled over 12 weeks, during the fall 2015 semester.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carle and U of I Developing the Next Generation of Brain Imaging

    MRE research looks to improve brain tumor surgery, epilepsy treatment and outcomes, and more.

  • Tech Firm Gives $10M to New Carle-UI Medical School

    The new Carle-University of Illinois College of Medicine has received its first major gift, a $10 million donation from the financial technology firm Jump Trading.

  • Futuristic Brain Probe Allows for Wireless Control of Neurons

    A study showed that scientists can wirelessly determine the path a mouse walks with a press of a button. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, created a remote controlled, next-generation tissue implant that allows neuroscientists to inject drugs and shine lights on neurons deep inside the brains of mice. The revolutionary device is described online in the journal Cell. Its development was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health.

  • Computational Genomics Course Now Underway

    The Computational Genomics Course, organized by the Mayo-Illinois Alliance and sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI) at Illinois, continues to grow.

  • C*STAR Fall 2015 Awardees Announced

    The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative, the Cancer Community at Illinois, and Carle Health Systems are pleased to announce the inaugural group of C*STAR awardees: Elizabeth Awick, Mahdieh Jadaliha, and Evijola Llabani.

    C*STAR, the Cancer Scholars for Translational and Applied Research program, is a graduate education program that fosters translational research and near-term benefits to the patients served in the community. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • IHSI to Host Town Hall Meetings

    The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI) will host two town hall meetings this fall. IHSI Director Neal Cohen will introduce the initiative, explaining how it catalyzes health research, connects investigators and labs with clinical partners, provides research support, and engages the communities in participatory health sciences research and outreach.

  • 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.

  • Surgical probe seeks out where cancer ends and healthy tissue begins

    Stephen Boppart, an Illinois engineering professor and a medical doctor, led a team that developed a tool to help surgeons determine the extent of cancerous tissue to remove.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Committee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    A search committee established to find the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural dean will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Town Hall Meetings Catalyze Conversations

    Explaining the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative’s (IHSI) purpose of catalyzing, connecting, supporting, and engaging health sciences research, Director Neal J. Cohen spoke to nearly 100 campus community members at the IHSI town hall meetings on October 13 and 14.

  • "SfN Night" Foreshadows Success in Chicago

    The Neuroscience Program at Illinois held an event on October 6 for faculty and students attending the annual Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Meeting. The event included a buffet dinner and a "SfN Pre-Poster" session which allowed those presenting at the meeting to show early versions of their posters for practice and feedback.

  • IHSI and Carle: Partnering in Pre-clinical and Clinical Research

    The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI) and Carle have built a partnership that is fostering and supporting pre-clinical and clinical research via the Biomedical Research Center. The BRC, which is located on the 3rd floor of the Mills Breast Cancer Institute at Carle, unites the clinical resources of Carle with the scientific resources of the University of Illinois to create a laboratory setting where cutting edge medical research is being conducted.

  • Health care, research failing to adapt to US’ growing multiracial population

    Multiracial people who change their racial identity from a single race to multiracial over time may be healthier than their minority peers who consistently identify as monoracial, new research suggests.

    Despite the U.S.’s rapidly growing population of multiracial individuals, researchers and health care systems continue to use outdated approaches to racial categorization that force people to classify themselves as monoracial, which may be masking the incidence of health conditions and obscuring disparities in health care access and utilization among multiracial populations, a University of Illinois scholar said.

    Social work professor Karen M. Tabb Dina is the lead author of two recent studies that explored issues of racial identity and its impact on health care access and utilization among nearly 8,000 U.S. young people.

  • 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.

  • New $750K NSF Brain Grant awarded to Dan Llano

    Congratulations to Assistant Professor in neuroscience at the College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, Dan Llano (PI), on a new 3-year NSF grant with co-PIs from the UIC Department of Computer Science, Associate Professor Tanya Berger-Wolf and Professor Robert Kenyon, entitled “CRCNS: Community Dynamic Imaging of Corticothalamic Projections.” The total award amount is $750,000, with $375,039 going to UIC; the official start date is October 1, 2015.

  • Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibiotic

    Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.

    The polypeptides, which are short protein chains, act as bacterial hole-punchers, perforating the bacterial membrane until the cell falls apart. The antimicrobial agents are dressed for their mission in a positively charged shell that lets them travel in body fluids, protected from interacting with other proteins, and also attracts them to bacterial membranes.

    Led by U. of I. materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng, in collaboration with UCLA professor Gerard Wong, the researchers published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Another major step forward for Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first school of its kind to be created at the intersection of engineering and medicine, took another significant step forward last week.

    Leaders of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System announced the Oct. 30 completion of a set of agreements and policies related to joint research practices and governance.

    The updated and expanded research affiliation agreement establishes mechanisms to identify new research collaborations across both organizations and opens enormous opportunities for economic development and health improvements to the region and state.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Drugs with multiple targets show promise against myotonic dystrophy type 1

    Efforts to treat myotonic dystrophy type 1, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, are in their infancy. In a new study, researchers report they have added new capabilities to an experimental drug agent that previously defeated only one of DM1’s many modes of action. Their retooled compounds interrupt the disease’s pathology in three ways.

    “We’ve rationally designed something to target multiple pathways, which is contrary to the traditional thinking in medicinal chemistry, where you have one target, one drug,” said University of Illinois chemistry professor Steven Zimmerman, who led the research with graduate students Lien Nguyen and Long Luu. “People are slowly discovering that drugs that hit multiple targets are actually better.”

    The team reports its findings in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine: Core curriculum committee formed

    Dr. Robert Good, the senior associate medical director of population health at Carle Health System, and professor Rashid Bashir, the head of the department of bioengineering at Illinois, have been named co-chairs of the 18-member group that will lead the effort to build the engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s core curriculum.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Application Finalized for Federal Health Data Center at Illinois

    Campus-wide interest proved strong at informational sessions about the application for a Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) on the Illinois campus. Hosted by IHSI on December 7 and 8, researchers in areas ranging from physics and bioengineering to landscape architecture turned out to get a better sense of what this new data center could mean for their research.

  • Magical Organization Gives Kids a Summer to Remember

    Since 2007, Camp Kesem student volunteers have created a fun escape for children in central and western Illinois dealing with their parents’ cancer, in the form of a week-long summer camp.

  • Health Innovations Lecture Series Launches February 9

    The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI), the uniting force for research at the intersection of health sciences and technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Carle, the community’s nationally-recognized healthcare system, have joined forces to create the Health Innovations Lecture Series.

  • New Academic-Industry Center Established for Molecular Imaging of Drugs

    A new industry-supported center located at the Beckman Institute plans to image molecules, live cells, and tissues in the body before, during, and after drug treatment in order to understand the efficacy of the drugs and the response of the body to treatments.