Current prototype of probe
May 23, 2022

NIH BRAIN Initiative supporting development of a probe to monitor brain chemistry

  • By Beth Hart

The human brain remains mysterious, and any progress towards solving that mystery may bring enormous benefits. For one thing, millions of people are afflicted with brain disorders that today are poorly understood and often difficult to treat. How much light could be shed if we had a technology for making chemical “movies” of brain activity, showing “frame” by “frame” how brain chemistry changes over time—for example, during an epileptic seizure, or in response to delivery […]

Zhi-Pei Liang (right), a faculty researcher at the Beckman Institute, received the Gold Medal from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine at a ceremony in London on Monday, May 9, 2022. Pictured left: Fernando Calamante, the President of the ISMRM.
May 23, 2022

Carle Illinois Faculty Member Receives Gold Medal for MRI Research

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Biomedical and Translational Sciences Professor Zhi-Pei Liang has received the prestigious Gold Medal from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Liang is also a faculty researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, He received this award at a ceremony in London on Monday, May 9, 2022. “It is my great pleasure and privilege to be the […]

WCIA Convocation header
May 13, 2022

WCIA Highlights Carle Illinois Inaugural Class Graduation

  • By Beth Hart
Match Day 2022 sign showing Andrew Chang's match at Carle Health
May 13, 2022

Carle Illinois Graduates Join Carle Health Residency Program, Set to Give Back to Community

  • By Beth Hart

Two of Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s first graduates are giving back to the community that helped support their medical education, staying in central Illinois for the next stage of their medical training. Carle Illinois’ inaugural class members Andrew Chang and Phani Gaddipati will start their medical residencies at Carle Health in July, working in internal medicine to diagnose and treat patients. Carle Foundation Hospital was Chang’s first choice for residency in part because of […]

May 11, 2022

U of I Bioengineering alumna among the inaugural class of graduates from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • By Beth Hart

Elizabeth Woodburn (BIOE B.S. ‘18) comes from a big Illini family with her parents, grandparents and extended family members having attended UIUC. This May, Woodburn is leaving her own mark on the university by being among the inaugural graduating class of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine – the world’s first engineering-based medical school. Woodburn knew that she wanted to study bioengineering because she loved working with her hands and was interested in exploring health […]

Bioengineering student Benjamin Salzberg demonstrates the prototype of the EYES ultrasonic scanning device.
May 5, 2022

Carle Illinois Student Team Develops Wearable Ultrasonic Scanner for Improved ‘Sight’

  • By Beth Hart

A Carle Illinois College of Medicine student team has designed a new assistive device that uses sound-wave technology to empower sight-impaired people to move safely and independently in their environment. The handheld device uses ultrasound technology to allow people with poor vision to comprehensively scan their environment for obstacles to avoid hazards. The innovation, called EYES, or Enhancing Your Everyday Sight, locates objects as far away as seven feet and then pinpoints the obstacle’s direction […]

May 1, 2022

Carle Illinois students’ medical innovation start-ups win $50k in campus competition

  • By Beth Hart

Start-ups powered by students at Carle Illinois College of Medicine to tackle health problems like monitoring for iron deficiency and kidney disease have won more than $50,000 in investment funding as part of a campus-wide innovation competition. Carle Illinois students are represented on two teams — Ferritiva and Nephra — that tied for second place in the COZAD New Venture Challenge, a campus-wide competition in which student start-ups bid for cash and in-kind support to […]

Carle Health Ranked #25 in Top Places to Work in Health Care
April 26, 2022

Carle Health Ranked #25 in Fortune’s Top Places to Work in Health Care

  • By Beth Hart
Different antibodies (green, aqua, pink) attack different parts of the SARS-CoV-2 viral particle (yellow/orange sphere). The virus’s spike proteins (purple) are a key antibody target, with some antibodies attaching to the top (darker purple) and others to the stem (paler zone). Graphic by Yiquan Wang
April 25, 2022

Machine-learning model can distinguish antibody targets

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new study shows that it is possible to use the genetic sequences of a person’s antibodies to predict what pathogens those antibodies will target. Reported in the journal Immunity, the new approach successfully differentiates between antibodies against influenza and those attacking SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “Our research is in a very early stage, but this proof-of-concept study shows that we can use machine learning to connect the sequence of […]

Rashid Bashir - professor of bioengineering; dean, College of Engineering; Carle Illinois College of Medicine
April 20, 2022

Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test discerns alpha variant from earlier strains

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A point-of-care COVID-19 test developed by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can now detect and differentiate the alpha variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from earlier strains in saliva samples. The new test builds on the group’s previous developments, which allowed samples to bypass the laboratory – first using nasopharyngeal swabs, then with saliva samples. The point-of-care amplification and testing process, called LAMP, is more efficient than PCR because it does […]