CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — March through May saw a significant increase in deaths over previous years – and not just from COVID-19, says a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When deaths attributed to COVID-19 were removed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totals, the death rate in several demographics outpaced the same period in 2019, the study found. The timeframe represents the first three months of response to the COVID-19 […]
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In regenerative medicine, an ideal treatment for patients whose muscles are damaged from lack of oxygen would be to invigorate them with an injection of their own stem cells. In a new study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated that “nanostimulators” – nanoparticles seeded with a molecule the body naturally produces to prompt stem cells to heal wounds – can amp up stem […]
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Miniature biological robots are making greater strides than ever, thanks to the spinal cord directing their steps. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers developed the tiny walking “spinobots,” powered by rat muscle and spinal cord tissue on a soft, 3D-printed hydrogel skeleton. While previous generations of biological robots, or bio-bots, could move forward by simple muscle contraction, the integration of the spinal cord gives them a more natural walking rhythm, said study […]
Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor and research mentor, Huimin Zhao, has developed CRISPR-based technology that “knocks out” yeast genes with single-point precision – offering potential benefits to industries that use the yeast to produce ethanol, chemicals, lubricants and pharmaceuticals.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With a new CRISPR gene-editing methodology, scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign inactivated one of the genes responsible for an inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – a debilitating and fatal neurological disease for which there is no cure. The novel treatment slowed disease progression, improved muscle function and extended lifespan in mice with an aggressive form of ALS. “ALS unfortunately has few treatment options. This is an important first […]
From helping to develop the innovative curricula at Carle Illinois, to his work developing novel MRI methods to help better understand the brain, the honor is well deserved.
The new findings show that high-intensity focused ultrasound waves can penetrate biological tissue to activate molecules able to perform specific tasks.
By injecting cells that support blood vessel growth into muscles depleted by inactivity, researchers say they are able to help restore muscle mass lost as a result of immobility. The research, conducted in adult mice, involved injections of cells called pericytes (PERRY-sites), which are known to promote blood vessel growth and dilation in tissues throughout the body. The injections occurred at the end of a two-week period during which the mice were prevented from contracting […]
An approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or defective in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale.
The Carle Illinois College of Medicine is seeking submissions for the first Illinois Health Make-a-Thon competition. Anyone who lives in Champaign County can submit an idea for improving human health on the Health Maker Lab website. The deadline for idea submissions is March 11. The competition submission form includes three questions: — “What is the health-related problem you want to address?” — “What is your idea for solving this problem?” — “How will your solution […]