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  • 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.

  • Mayo Clinic and Illinois Seeking Interns in Information Technology and Biomedical Informatics

    Are you interested in learning about the human microbiome and metabolic models, big data technologies, bioinformatics algorithm development, natural language processing methods or developing tools/applications for complex data visualization and analytics? Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have a long standing partnership, and we are now offering internships to give you a unique opportunity with some of the most talented and experienced Research, Biomedical Informatics and IT specialists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

  • 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 U of I Developing the Next Generation of Brain Imaging

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

  • 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 Crop Awarded: Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Funding Program

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Seed Funding Blossoms Into NIH R01 Award for Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance Collaborators

    Congratulations to Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance researchers Professor Brendan Harley (Illinois), Ian Parney (Mayo), Jann Sarkaria (Mayo), and Steven George, a collaborator from Washington University in St. Louis, who have been awarded R01 funding from the National Institutes of Health for their project titled, "Biomimetic hydrogel niches to study the malignant phenotype of glioblastoma multiforme."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • University of Illinois Receives New Institutional Research Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health

    Funding from this T32 award will support the Tissue Microenvironment Training Program for graduate students

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • IHSI offers webinar for early career faculty

    IHSI has organized a webinar for early career faculty regarding engaging with federal funding agencies. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty to learn how to build and maximize their relationships with the funding agencies and program managers. The webinar will  be hosted and facilitated by Lewis-Burke Associates.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • You're an Expert: Enhance Your Profile

    By now, many campus community members have heard of the university's new searchable web portal, intended to showcase Illinois research expertise and connect investigators to potential collaborators: Illinois Research Connections (IRC) BETA. Following an internal-only launch last fall, the online tool just became available to the general public earlier this month.

    So have you checked out what the Elsevier-powered web portal can do? Find your own profile at www.experts.illinois.edu.

  • 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.

  • "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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • TiMe Training Program announces students for inaugural class

    The inaugural group of TiMe Training students and their programs are: Jee-wei (Emily) Chen (chemical and biomolecular engineering), Kyung Hwa (Iris) Choi (mechanical science and engineering), Jamila Hedhl (bioengineering), Seth Kenkel (mechanical science and engineering), Eunkyung (Clare) Ko (bioengineering), Phuong Le (bioengineering), Joanne Li, (bioengineering), Jan Lumibao (nutritional sciences), and Ruibo Wang (materials science and engineering).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Applications and Nominations Invited for OVCR Faculty Fellow

  • Li selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    King Li, M.D., MBA, the senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at Wake Forest University and the deputy director of that university’s comprehensive cancer center, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1.

    The appointment will be considered by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its Sept. 8 meeting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Scientists identify genes that disrupt response to breast cancer treatment

    Scientists may have unlocked the genetic code that determines why many patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer fail to respond to the widely used drug tamoxifen. Patients who have higher levels of several nuclear transport genes— particularly the protein XPO1—are more likely to be resistant to tamoxifen, resulting in the development of incurable metastatic cancer, according to a new study led by researcher Zeynep Madak-Erdogan at the University of Illinois.

  • 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.