from left, chemistry professor Scott Silverman; entomology professor Gene Robinson, the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; bioengineering professor Fan Lam; animal sciences professor Ryan Dilger; and electrical and computer engineering professor Zhi-Pei Liang.
March 1, 2022

Team uses MRI to image epigenetics in the brain

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A multidisciplinary team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has devised a new approach to 3D imaging that captures DNA methylation, a key epigenetic change associated with learning in the brain. The scientists say their proof-of-concept study in pigs will easily translate to humans, as the new method relies on standard MRI technology and biological markers already in use in human medicine. Epigenetics is a key mechanism by which gene expression is […]

Andrew Smith elected fellow of AIMBE
February 23, 2022

Carle Illinois Professor Andrew Smith Elected AIMBE Fellow for 2022

  • By Beth Hart

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Carle Illinois College of Medicine Professor Andrew Smith, to its College of Fellows. Smith is professor and the Donald Biggar Willett Faculty Scholar of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Smith was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the AIMBE College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to the development of semiconductor quantum dots, ultrasensitive medical […]

Ruby Mendenhall Humanism Award Ceremony
February 22, 2022

February 28th Ceremony Celebrates Ruby Mendenhall’s Contributions to Promoting Health Equity

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation Ruby Mendenhall will receive the prestigious Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award during a special virtual ceremony on February 28, 2022. The honor is awarded annually by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced the well-being of at-risk or underserved populations, through scholarship, advocacy, and leadership. Mendenhall was selected from a field of more than 40 […]

MRI image of the brain showing atrophy
February 21, 2022

Carle Illinois research reveals new insight into links between Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Loss

  • By Beth Hart

Researchers at Carle Illinois College of Medicine have uncovered new evidence about hearing loss in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). It pinpoints unexpected areas of brain shrinkage in AD patients with hearing loss. The work could eventually lead to earlier intervention and new treatment strategies to delay cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease patients. The research is led by Dan Llano, Carle Illinois associate professor of biomedical and translational science and physician at Carle Health in […]

7 Tesla MRI Brain Research Study
February 20, 2022

Illinois, Carle partnership kicks off intracranial hemorrhage research with state-of-the-art MRI

  • By Beth Hart

Researchers from Carle and the University of Illinois are tapping into their jointly owned and operated 7 Tesla MRI scanner to better understand patient treatment for intracranial hemorrhages. Carle Illinois College of Medicine Clinical Professor Wael Mostafa, a neurosurgeon and researcher at Carle Foundation Hospital, is the principal investigator behind a first-of-its-kind study that seeks to better understand intracranial hemorrhages, or acute bleeding in the brain. But Mostafa asserts that this research would not be […]

Amy Wagoner Johnson teaching Carle Illinois medical students
February 18, 2022

Carle Illinois Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

  • By Beth Hart

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The head of Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences Amy Wagoner Johnson has been elected to the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Wagoner Johnson, who is also a professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the AIMBE College of Fellows for work in recruiting and advancing women and persons of color […]

University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin D. Burke, left, and postdoctoral researcher Daniel J. Blair developed a new class of chemical building blocks
February 17, 2022

New set of chemical building blocks makes complex 3D molecules in a snap

  • By Beth Hart

A new set of molecular building blocks aims to make complex chemistry as simple and accessible as a toy construction kit. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators at Revolution Medicines Inc. developed a new class of chemical building blocks that simply snap together to form 3D molecules with complex twists and turns, and an automated machine to assemble the blocks like a 3D printer for molecules. This automation could allow chemists and […]

Carle Foundation
February 14, 2022

Carle recognized as America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for the 7th year

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Foundation Hospital again receives the top achievement from Healthgrades – the 2022 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award.  This recognition places Carle among the top one percent of all hospitals in the country for clinical care and patient outcomes for the most common conditions and procedures. This is the seventh consecutive year Carle Foundation Hospital is among the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2016-2022).  Carle is one of only 4 hospitals in Illinois to receive […]

February 11, 2022

In the News: Longtime Carle surgeon, instructor takes reins at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • By Beth Hart
Nicholas Wu
January 31, 2022

Carle Illinois Professor Nicholas Wu awarded Michelson Prize to advance vaccine, immunology research

  • By Beth Hart

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation and Human Vaccines Project has recognized three outstanding early career researchers, including University of Illinois biochemistry professor Nicholas Wu, with the Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants. Each winner will be awarded $150,000 to enable their high-impact ideas to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy. Professor Wu also holds an appointment in the biomedical and translational sciences department at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided the world […]