EEG Research
January 14, 2022

Carle Illinois Machine Learning System for EEG Analysis Wins IEEE Honors

  • By Beth Hart

A new machine learning system developed by a Carle Illinois College of Medicine student could unlock the vast amounts of untapped data found in a common neurological test. Carle Illinois student Sam Rawal (Class of 2024) collaborated with Yogatheesan Varatharajah, bioengineering research assistant professor, to engineer a solution called SCORE-IT. The system takes in an electroencephalogram (EEG) report without any structure and automatically extracts and standardizes the information. The team recently won ‘best paper’ honors […]

Rohit Bhargava named 2022 Optica Fellow
January 14, 2022

Rohit Bhargava named 2022 Optica Fellow

  • By Beth Hart

The Optica (formerly OSA) Board of Directors recently elected 106 members from 24 countries to the Society’s 2022 Fellows Class. Illinois bioengineering Founder Professor Rohit Bhargava — who is also a professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine — was selected for his contributions to the fundamental physics and instrument engineering of mid-IR microscopy and its applications to medical imaging. Fellows are Optica members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and […]

Carle Illinois Capstone Innovations 2022 - Bionic Knee
January 11, 2022

Carle Illinois Students Design Bionic Knee Brace to Empower Cerebral Palsy Patients

  • By Beth Hart

A new bionic knee brace designed by two future physician innovators at Carle Illinois College of Medicine could help cerebral palsy (CP) patients overcome muscle stiffness that limits their mobility. Cerebral palsy patients have decreased muscle strength and flexibility that hinders mobility and prevents even the most mobile cerebral palsy patients from exercising freely for extended periods of time. A new device designed by Carle Illinois College of Medicine students Dylan Mann and Shahnoor Amin […]

December 23, 2021

Carle Illinois Students Collaborate to Innovate Kidney Disease Monitoring System and Launch Rising Startup

  • By Beth Hart

Student-led venture Nephra has been named one of the Most Disruptive Business School Startups of 2021 by Poets & Quants. The start-up has collaborated with AxisMED, a pre-incubator program founded by Carle Illinois College of Medicine students including Al Smith (Class of 2024) and Ethan Chen (Class of 2022). AxisMED co-founder Smith serves as Nephra’s medical officer. Chen is Nephra’s health consultant.  _ Nephra, a student-led startup supported by iVenture Accelerator, has also moved into the second […]

Airline seating inside jet
December 21, 2021

Models predict optimal airplane seating for reduced viral transmission

  • By Beth Hart

As airline ticket sales have soared during the holiday season and the omicron variant causes surges of COVID-19 cases, a new University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign study may help passengers and airlines reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission by optimally seating passengers to minimize potential virus spread. Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, along with graduate students John Pavlik and Ian Ludden, used the most current data on […]

Health Maker Lab 2021
December 10, 2021

Fall Health Make-a-Thon Tackles Mental Health Solutions for Underserved Populations

  • By Beth Hart

Three teams of student innovators were selected as winners by a pool of Dolphin Tank judges in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Fourth Annual Fall Health Make-a-Thon organized by the Health Maker Lab. Seven teams comprised of medical students, engineering/computer science students, community members, and health care providers brain-stormed mental health solutions for underserved populations. The winning ideas are listed below: First place – $5000 prize The CHAMBAND Together team proposed promoting mental well-being […]

Martin Burke, Ph.D. M.D. Carle Illinois College of Medicine
December 9, 2021

Atomic structure of antifungal drug confirms unusual mechanism, opens door to less-toxic derivatives

  • By Beth Hart

Advanced molecular imaging technology has now mapped the structure of a drug widely used to treat fungal infections but whose workings have mystified researchers and physicians for nearly 70 years. In a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the National Institutes of Health described in atomistic detail the structure of the drug amphotericin B, a powerful but toxic antifungal agent. Seeing the structure provides illumination in […]

December 9, 2021

Health Innovation Professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan joins CCIL’s education program leadership

  • By Ryann Monahan

Urbana, Ill. – The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) is excited to announce that Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, associate professor of food science and health nutrition (FSHN), has been appointed a CCIL Program Leader. Focusing on education, she will join the other leaders of the CCIL’s Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC) activities, with a primary focus on post-doctoral programs and initiatives, mentoring of junior CCIL members, and coordination of the CCIL with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s […]

Liang elected NAI Fellow
December 7, 2021

Carle Illinois faculty member Zhi-Pei Liang elected NAI fellow

  • By Beth Hart

Zhi-Pei Liang, a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Grainger College of Engineering, was elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Liang is being honored for his “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society,” according to the academy. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction […]

Dean King Li selected as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
December 7, 2021

National Academy of Inventors announces Carle Illinois’ Dean King Li as 2021 NAI Fellow

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Dean King Li has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction awarded exclusively to academic inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. “Dean Li is most deserving […]