July 16, 2021

Chemical reactions break free from energy barriers using flyby trajectories

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new study shows that it is possible to use mechanical force to deliberately alter chemical reactions and increase chemical selectivity – a grand challenge of the field. The study led by Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor Jeffrey Moore and Stanford University chemist Todd Martinez demonstrates how external mechanical forces alter atomic motions to manipulate reaction outcomes. The study findings are published in the journal Science. “We think of chemical reactions as molecules moving on a surface […]

July 14, 2021

Illinois Researchers Advance COVID-19 Point-of-Care Technologies and Impact

  • By Ryann Monahan

Advances made by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are set to improve the ability to diagnose COVID-19 and other infectious diseases more quickly and at the point of care. The findings offer a new approach to viral detection that currently primarily rely on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – the current gold standard for detecting COVID-19. The work is a collaboration between researchers from Carle Illinois College of Medicine and The Grainger College […]

July 8, 2021

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN LAUNCHES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND AI IN MEDICINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

  • By Ryann Monahan

URBANA, Ill., July 8, 2021 – The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has launched a new AI in Medicine Certificate program through an interdisciplinary partnership between the department of bioengineering at The Grainger College of Engineering, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. This self-paced online certificate program will equip healthcare professionals with a conceptual understanding of AI and its applications through real-world medical case studies using machine learning models.  The cost […]

July 1, 2021

CARLE ILLINOIS WELCOMES CLASS OF 2025

  • By Ryann Monahan

URBANA, Ill – Forty-seven new medical students have embarked on a journey to become physician innovators at Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the nation’s first engineering-based medical school. The Class of 2025 was welcomed to the UIUC campus this month marking the first time in the medical school’s history that Carle Illinois has held four full classes of students. Established in 2015, the college welcomed its inaugural class […]

June 7, 2021

Carle Illinois’ Med Student Vaccination Outreach in Underserved Communities

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are launching new outreach efforts in culturally diverse and low-income communities to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, and then administer the vaccine to those who would like to receive it. For students like Aaron Brown, the efforts are deeply personal. He saw firsthand how the pandemic ravaged communities from Champaign County to his home community in Virginia. The stories of sadness and loss were debilitating to him.  “After […]

June 4, 2021

Adapting laboratory techniques for remote instruction

  • By Ryann Monahan

The COVID-19 pandemic forced instructors to adapt their courses for online learning. Laboratory courses were particularly difficult due to lack of access to specialized equipment for remote learners. To overcome this challenge, researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign designed a laboratory exercise to teach students how to use micropipettes, through remote learning, using at-home kits. Micropipettes are common—and essential—laboratory instruments and are used in several fields including molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry. They are […]

June 1, 2021

New microscope discovery combines AI to detect disease earlier, improve treatment

  • By Ryann Monahan

A newly developed laser source and microscope are helping researchers better understand and search for biomarkers indicative of cancer and other diseases, offering new promise for early detection and treatment plans. The study, co-authored by Carle Illinois College of Medicine professors Stephen Boppart and Saurabh Sinha, including researchers in Boppart’s Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was recently published in Cancer Research and featured on the cover. The innovative laser source and […]

May 19, 2021

Portable, affordable, accurate, fast: Team invents new COVID-19 test

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new coronavirus test can get accurate results from a saliva sample in less than 30 minutes, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications. Many of the components of the hand-held device used in this technology can be 3D-printed, and the test can detect as little as one viral particle per 1-microliter drop of fluid. “We developed a rapid, highly sensitive and accurate assay, and a portable, battery-powered device for COVID-19 testing that can be […]

May 18, 2021

Carle Illinois Launches Online Apparel Store

  • By Ryann Monahan

Get your Carle Illinois apparel just in time for summer! Carle Illinois has partnered with Campus Ink to launch an online store with Carle Illinois branded 1/4-zip pullovers, polos, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, and hip packs. Items include designs created by our students. Order here: illini.store/carleillinois The store will be open for a limited time. Purchases can be made here now through June 7.

May 11, 2021

Heart Inlets: Reflections of life and death in the anatomy lab by medical student Valerie Chen

  • By Ryann Monahan

Every year, when a Carle Illinois College of Medicine class completes their anatomy course, they hold a ceremony to honor the donors. Students write poetry or essays, share anatomy-related paintings, and play music. It is attended by the anatomy professor, students, and families of the donors. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the families have not attended recent ceremonies in person, but the art/writing has been printed into a booklet and shared with them.  This essay reflecting […]