November 7, 2021

Diamonds are forever: scientists develop microscopic calibration tool with fluorescent nanodiamonds

  • By Ryann Monahan

Jewelers, geologists, and microscopists agree: diamonds are forever. In collaboration with industry partners, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, including Stephen Boppart, Carle Illinois’ Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, are using microscopic nanodiamonds to calibrate and assess the performance of high-powered microscopes. Their longevity and durability make the tiny “first-aid kits” more than up to the task. Advanced optical microscopy systems provide high-resolution views of the structure and function of cells and […]

November 4, 2021

Do kids need a COVID-19 vaccine? with Carle Illinois’ Rebecca Smith

  • By Ryann Monahan

Children ages five to eleven now can receive a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech under emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rebecca Lee Smith, an epidemiologist and professor in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, works with school districts on COVID-19 safety protocols and tracking viral spread among children. Smith talked with News Bureau Biomedical Sciences Editor Liz […]

October 15, 2021

New Carle Illinois sculpture has dual meaning reflecting the mission of the college

  • By Ryann Monahan

A powerful sculpture now stands before the new home of Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The figure resembles the anatomy of a hand and the work of physicians.  A closer look at the sculpture in front of the Medical Sciences Building reveals a dual meaning that echoes the foundation and mission of the college. The structure resembles much more than the anatomy of a hand and reflection of what aspiring physicians might do when they […]

October 15, 2021

Carle Illinois’ Bhargava and Sweedler are among the top 100 world’s most influential analytical scientists, according to The Analytical Scientist Power List 2021

  • By Ryann Monahan


October 14, 2021

Carle Illinois researchers advance breast cancer imaging device, supported by new NIH grant

  • By Ryann Monahan

A Carle Illinois College of Medicine research team is developing a new device that will improve the management of breast cancer using ultrasound imaging.  The team has innovated new radiological clips that will increase visibility during imaging, reduce levels of radiation, and offer other new capabilities not previously available. “We will be solving a known problem, identified by several of our radiologist partners both at Carle Health and the Mayo Clinic, regarding the failings of […]

Nicholas Wu
October 5, 2021

Wu earns NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

  • By Ryann Monahan

Nicholas Wu, a professor in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has received a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, part of the Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. Wu, who is also a professor of biochemistry, is among 64 new innovators, recognized for unusually innovative research from early career investigators who are within 10 years of their final degree or clinical residency and have not yet received a […]

September 27, 2021

PRIDE Festival: Carle Illinois Students Host Health Booth

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students participated in the 2021 Champaign-Urbana Pride Festival Saturday, September 25th in Urbana, Illinois. Carle Illinois students checked dozens of festival attendees’ vitals and offered information affirming LGBTQ+ health care in the community. Carle Illinois’ participation in the event was led by the Carle Illinois PRIDE student group. The C-U Pride Festival was hosted by the Uniting Pride (UP) Center of Champaign County and themed “What the Health? Fighting. Surviving. […]

Professor Wu and graduate student posing in front of research
September 24, 2021

Antibodies from original strain COVID-19 infection don’t bind to variants, study finds

  • By Ryann Monahan

People infected with the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 early in the pandemic produced a consistent antibody response, making two main groups of antibodies to bind to the spike protein on the virus’s outer surface. However, those antibodies don’t bind well to newer variants, a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found. Characterizing what kinds of antibodies the body is most likely to make to fight a natural infection is […]

September 23, 2021

Carle Illinois Health Innovation Professor on NPR: How Some Schools Are Using Weekly Testing To Keep Kids In Class — And COVID Out

  • By Ryann Monahan
September 9, 2021

Health Innovation Professor Bruce Fouke’s research featured in Scientific American September Issue

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Health Innovation Professor Bruce Fouke is offering a unique perspective on how biomineralization impacts health and disease in the Scientific American September 2021 Issue. The article “New Tool Shows Geology behind Kidney Stone Crystallization,” highlights Fouke’s discovery that kidney stones form similarly to many other stones in nature: they partially dissolve and re-form many times rather than crystallizing all at once. “That’s when we realized that stones are quite dynamic […]