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 […]

Health Make-a-Thon Winners
April 15, 2022

Health Make-a-Thon Winners Focus on Advancing Health Tech

  • By Beth Hart

Four teams were selected as winners in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Spring Health Make-a-Thon Tournament of Champions competition held on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Each of the nine teams competing had won a previous Health Make-a-Thon competition and were vying for $20,000 per team in continued resource support from the Health Maker Lab, to take their innovations to the next level. Since, 2019, Carle Illinois’ Health Make-a-Thon has challenged students, experts, novices, and […]

Dr. Cato Laurencin of the University of Connecticut
April 11, 2022

World renowned physician-engineer and educator to speak at Carle Illinois’ first Convocation Ceremony

  • By Beth Hart

One of the world’s foremost engineer-physician-scientists will deliver the convocation address for Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural class. Carle Illinois has invited Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. — a distinguished professor and past dean at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine — to address its first class of graduates as they embark on their careers as physician-innovators. Dr. Laurencin is an orthopedic surgeon, award-winning engineer, innovator, and educator who has been recognized for his commitment to […]

March 24, 2022

Carle Illinois’ new dean brings next-level approach to innovation in health care, education

  • By Beth Hart

Advancing health care and expanding innovations are a top priority for the next dean of Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Mark Cohen, and he says the college is set up for success. “I want to build upon what has been started here at Carle Illinois and work with everyone here to grow our innovation programs to that next level and be able to develop impactful solutions for our community,” said Cohen, who has written […]

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March 23, 2022

Carle Illinois student team invents surgical smoke evacuator to increase surgical safety for patients and clinicians

  • By Beth Hart

A new Carle Illinois College of Medicine student innovation is set to make mouth and throat surgeries safer by clearing the air of potentially hazardous surgical smoke. The device, AirCleanOR, is an oral cavity smoke evacuator designed for use in procedures like tonsillectomies, in which tissues must be cauterized, producing smoke that contains toxic and cancer-causing materials. Research shows daily surgical smoke exposure is as harmful as smoking dozens of cigarettes, making it a health […]

Christina Moawad celebrates residency placement on Match Day 2022
March 18, 2022

Carle Illinois’ Inaugural Class Achieves 100% Residency Match Rate

  • By Beth Hart

One hundred percent of Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural graduating class successfully matched with a medical residency training program and in top specialty choices. The exceptional residency placement result means Carle Illinois’ physician innovators in the class of 2022 will be positioned to directly impact patient care in hospitals and communities from New York to California, when they enter residency in July. During the school’s first-ever Match Day ceremony, inaugural class members received offers […]

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March 14, 2022

Engineering-Based Medical Training: The Catalyst for a Health Care Revolution

  • By Beth Hart
March 11, 2022

In The News: University of Michigan doctor selected as next dean for Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • By Beth Hart
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March 8, 2022

Student Innovation Trains Future Clinicians to Safely, Effectively Intubate Patients

  • By Beth Hart

A new device developed by two Carle Illinois College of Medicine students is set to help other medical students safely master a common lifesaving but difficult-to-learn medical procedure. The team’s innovation improves on the design of manikin simulators used in medical education, to teach the skill of intubation – insertion of a breathing tube into a patient’s airway to maintain oxygen flow when the airway is blocked or when the patient is undergoing surgery. Proper […]