May 9, 2021

Achievement in Absence of Graduation

  • By Ryann Monahan

There will be no walking across a graduation stage or turning tassels for Carle Illinois College of Medicine students this May. Instead, the inaugural class of the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine has one more year to prepare for the historic moment when they become newly-minded physician innovators with a medical degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. However, you don’t need to look far to find impressive accomplishments among Carle Illinois students. Innovation […]

April 27, 2021

AI in Medicine Certificate Program Now Available

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new artificial Intelligence (AI) in medicine certificate program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is now available to prepare healthcare professionals to lead in the era of digital medicine. The program launched through a powerful interdisciplinary partnership between Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the department of bioengineering at The Grainger College of Engineering, and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The certification program delivers exceptional course quality and empowers medical professionals including […]

April 20, 2021

IDEA Symposium highlights Carle Illinois students’ innovative solutions

  • By Ryann Monahan

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine IDEA Symposium features students’ innovative ideas to combine medicine and engineering to find solutions to problems in and transform healthcare. Carle Illinois’ IDEA Projects allow medical students to harness their peak creativity through Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Analysis (IDEA) projects. The students generate new ideas to improve health care challenges during each clinical clerkship. The first annual IDEA Symposium was held April 15, 2021. A recap of the event […]

April 16, 2021

Vaccine Advocacy PSA from Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • By Ryann Monahan

 Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are helping answer questions about and advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine through a new vaccine public service announcement (PSA). A Spanish version of the vaccine advocacy PSA can be found on YouTube and Illinois Media Space.

April 5, 2021

Carle Illinois Professor Jenny Amos Receives 2021 Excellence Teaching Award

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois teaching associate professor and bioengineering professor Jenny Amos has been selected to receive the 2021 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This award recognizes sustained excellence in and innovative approaches to undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. “Dr. Amos is a pillar in the department of bioengineering and has contributed as much, or more, as anyone to the formation and evolution of our […]

March 29, 2021

Bashir Receives AIMBE Professional Impact Award

  • By Ryann Monahan

Rashid Bashir, Professor of Bioengineering, Dean of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor has been awarded the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) 2021 Professional Impact Award for Education. The Professional Impact Award for Education recognizes those who have made an outstanding commitment to advancing bioengineering education. Bashir is receiving this award for his leadership in bioengineering education, diagnostic technology development, and for […]

March 12, 2021

‘Hunker down’ stress genes boosted in women who live in violent neighborhoods

  • By Ryann Monahan

The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black mothers on the South Side of Chicago. The changes in stress-related gene expression reflect the body’s “hunker down” response to long-term threat, a physiological strategy for lying low and considering new actions rather than launching an immediate “fight-or-flight” response. This has implications for health outcomes in […]

March 10, 2021

Cheap, nontoxic carbon nanodots poised to be quantum dots of the future

  • By Ryann Monahan

Tiny fluorescent semiconductor dots, called quantum dots, are useful in a variety of health and electronic technologies but are made of toxic, expensive metals. Nontoxic and economic carbon-based dots are easy to produce, but they emit less light. A new study that uses ultrafast nanometric imaging found good and bad emitters among populations of carbon dots. This observation suggests that by selecting only super-emitters, carbon nanodots can be purified to replace toxic metal quantum dots […]

February 17, 2021

Carle Illinois welcomes eight new Health Innovation Professors

  • By Ryann Monahan

Eight faculty from The Grainger College of Engineering have joined Carle Illinois College of Medicine with Health Innovation Professor appointments. The new faculty deliver on Carle Illinois’ strategy to leverage the University of Illinois’ exceptional faculty to serve as agents of change in medical education, innovation, and research at the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. “As champions of interdisciplinary health research, the new professors will advance the discovery and translation of breakthrough health innovations […]

February 11, 2021

Carle Illinois students among first to receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois’ College of Medicine students are among the first to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Their clinical studies call them to be on the frontlines of healthcare, in most cases sooner than other medical programs. They are essential workers, and while they do not work directly with COVID-19 patients, they offer support for various efforts across the Champaign-Urbana community. Carle Illinois’ students began receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in […]