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  • AARP and the University of Illinois announce the opening of Tech Nest at Research Park

    AARP and the University of Illinois today announced the grand opening of The Tech Nest at AARP in Research Park, the latest addition to AARP’s Innovation portfolio. The new technology lab, a 2,700 square-foot innovation-focused facility, enables AARP to collaborate with students and faculty on leading-edge, technology-based research and creative solutions to address the needs of the 50-plus population.

    The Tech Nest will focus on developing prototypes in the fields of artificial intelligence, mobile apps, information security, biometrics and software engineering. By leveraging the university’s academic research and adjacent startup community, AARP will create opportunities to enhance the daily lives for us all as we age.

    “Our presence at the Research Park is an opportunity for AARP to show up in a unique way and allows us to further disrupt aging by tapping into leading-edge, university-based research and talent,” said Jose Hernandez, VP, IT Business Operations, AARP. "Innovation is central to AARP’s mission to improve the lives of people 50-plus. By working with the University of Illinois, there is an enormous opportunity to unlock innovation and product research and development that exists within one of our nation’s world-class universities.”

    “The Tech Nest provides a unique opportunity to leverage the depth of our campus’ interdisciplinary research in aging with our strengths in data science and computing,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Robert Jones said. “AARP adds a welcome new dimension to the experiential learning opportunities available to our students through the Research Park.”

  • Adults with disabilities on Medicaid wait list most likely to have unmet service needs

    Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Illinois’ Medicaid wait list who are minorities, in poor health or unable to speak are more likely to have unmet service needs, a new study found.

    African-Americans had a greater number of unmet service needs than whites, as did people with annual household incomes below $50,000 and those who were less healthy or had less verbal ability, according to a new statewide survey of 230 caregivers.

    That these clients are not receiving needed services – including preventive health care, dental services and physical therapy – is worrisome and suggests there may be disparities that need to be addressed with policy, said the paper’s lead author, Meghan M. Burke, a special education professor at the University of Illinois.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?

    Veterinary clinical medicine professor Dr. Jason Pieper, a veterinary dermatologist, sees patients with antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections nearly every day on the job.

  • 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.

  • Applications and Nominations Invited for OVCR Faculty Fellow

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bhargava Named Director of the Cancer Community @ Illinois

    The Cancer Community @ Illinois (CC@IL) is pleased to announce it has named its long-time faculty coordinator, Rohit Bhargava, as director for a three-year term.

    Bhargava, who has served as the CC@IL faculty coordinator for the past four years, will begin this role immediately. With his exceptional research productivity and experience in leading the CC@IL, he will spearhead efforts to unite researchers in the effort to find better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat cancer. The CC@IL provides resources for cancer-related activities across the campus, nucleates new programs related to cancer research, and fosters connections with clinical partners.

  • BioE Students Get Inside Look at Clinical Imaging

    Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and his Fall 2016 BioE 498/598 (Preclinical Molecular Imaging) students recently took tours of the imaging facilities at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. The students were given an inside look at the different imaging modalities that are used in the clinical setting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • By targeting gene expression in parasites, Vet Med researcher aims to end childhood disease

    As a young veterinarian in Zambia, Dr. William Witola wanted to know why the baby cows he saw were dying from a parasite resisting all treatment. Decades later, the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine researcher is designing small molecules to silence that same parasite’s gene expression, find potential drug targets and help end a disease afflicting children around the world.

    If successful, Witola’s rapid technique would be the first of its kind to use these molecules to genetically manipulate the function of the Cryptosporidium parvum parasite, which can be deadly to humans and notoriously difficult to study.  

  • 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.

  • Cancer Community at Illinois Holds 2016 Annual Meeting

    On October 19, 2016, the Cancer Community at Illinois held its annual meeting at the Beckman Institute for Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Around 60 faculty researchers, staff, clinicians, postdocs, and graduate students from across campus came together for the important event.

  • 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.

  • Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patients

    U. of I. veterinary oncologist Dr. Timothy Fan, left, chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother and their colleagues are testing the safety of a new cancer drug in a clinical trial for humans with late-stage brain cancer. The compound has worked well in canine patients with brain cancer, lymphoma and osteosarcoma.

  • Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity

    Illinois researchers used ultrafast pulses of tailored light to make neurons fire in different patterns, the first example of coherent control in a living cell.

  • Carle and Illinois Launch New Seed Funding Program

    A new, jointly funded-seed funding program has been developed between Carle and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The program provides a funding infusion to support and encourage new lines of research and collaboration among Carle physicians and Illinois investigators.

  • Carle and Illinois seed funding fosters innovation to move research from the bench to bedside

    Carle and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently held an open call for proposals for jointly funded collaborative research among Carle physicians and Illinois investigators. This inaugural round of entries brought forth many new ideas and Carle and Illinois are pleased to announce that six proposals have been selected to receive support.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditation

    Dr. King Li is the dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicince, which is the world's first engineering-based medical school.

  • 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.

  • Causes of childhood obesity complex, but families, media play key roles

    Children’s genetic risks for obesity may be reduced by interventions that strengthen family communication and help children manage their emotions and feelings of satiety, according to a new review of research on the problem.

    Although the causes of obesity are complex, families have significant influence on children’s dietary habits and weight, and should be involved in planning healthy living campaigns and efforts to curb food marketing that targets children, suggest the study’s authors, Barbara H. Fiese and Kelly K. Bost, both with the University of Illinois.

  • 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.

  • Cholesterol byproduct hijacks immune cells, lets breast cancer spread

    A cholesterol byproduct facilitates breast cancer’s spread by hijacking immune cells, a new University of Illinois study found. Pictured, from left: Postdoctoral researcher Amy Baek, professor Erik Nelson and breast cancer survivor Sarah Adams.

  • Cognitive Cross-Training Enhances Learning, Study Finds

    Illinois professor Aron Barbey led a study that examined how cognitive cross-training affects skill learning.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Cunningham's photonic crystal enhanced microscope sheds light on wound healing and cancer metastasis

    University of Illinois electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering professor Brian Cunningham’s Nano Sensors group has invented a novel live-cell imaging method that could someday help biologists better understand how stem cells transform into specialized cells and how diseases like cancer spread. Their Photonic Crystal Enhanced Microscope (PCEM) is capable of monitoring and quantitatively measuring cell adhesion, a critical process involved cell migration, cell differentiation, cell division, and cell death.

  • Drinking more water associated with numerous dietary benefits, study finds

    For people who want to control their weight or reduce their intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, tap water may be what the doctor ordered.

    A new study that examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 U.S. adults found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water – tap water or from a cooler, drinking fountain or bottle – by 1 percent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.

  • Drug-delivering nanoparticles seek and destroy elusive cancer stem cells

    Illinois researchers developed nanoparticles that can target cancer stem cells (yellow), the rare cells within a tumor (blue) that can cause cancer to recur or spread.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Exercise Changes Gut Microbial Composition Independent of Diet, Team Reports

    Jacob Allen, Prof. Jeffrey Woods and their colleagues found that exercise alters the microbial composition of the gut in potentially beneficial ways.