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 […]

April 5, 2021

Microscope that detects individual viruses could power rapid diagnostics, according to study led by Carle Illinois professor

  • By Beth Hart

A fast, low-cost technique to see and count viruses or proteins from a sample in real time, without any chemicals or dyes, could underpin a new class of devices for rapid diagnostics and viral load monitoring, including HIV and the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign described the technique, called Photonic Resonator Interferometric Scattering Microscopy, or PRISM, in the journal Nature Communications. “We have developed a new form of microscopy […]

April 5, 2021

Electronic health record system increases clinicians’ cognitive workload, study finds

  • By Beth Hart

A study at two urgent care clinics found that adopting a new electronic health records system doubled the amount of cognitive effort health care workers expended to perform their work during the first six months after implementation. The increase in cognitive workload also persisted for at least 30 months, the researchers found. The team reported its findings in a study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics. In a collaborative study with Carle Health Systems in […]

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 29, 2021

Keynote speakers announced for Health Innovation Research Day

  • By Beth Hart

Three health experts will trace the evolution of healthcare innovation over time at the 19th Annual Health Innovation Research Day at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The virtual conference scheduled for Friday, April 16, is part of Innovation Week and highlights “Innovations in Health: Past, Present, and Future.” Research Day 2021 combines presentations by three experts, a poster presentation session and competition for developing researchers, and an opportunity to create dialogue over ideas, scholarship, and […]

Health Make-A-Thon Finalists
March 23, 2021

Twenty finalists chosen to compete in Spring 2021 Health Make-A-Thon

  • By Beth Hart

Twenty teams of innovators ranging from middle-schoolers to college and medical students, to healthcare providers will pitch their health and wellness ideas to a panel of judges on Saturday, April 17, at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s third annual Health Make-A-Thon competition. The finalist teams were chosen from a  field of 94 entries from across Illinois, all vying for a chance at the resources to take their ideas from dream to reality. The Health […]

March 22, 2021

New cutting-edge MRI technology offers Carle Illinois students rare research, learning opportunities

  • By Beth Hart

The most powerful MRI device of its kind approved for patient use is now operational at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, offering Carle Illinois College of Medicine students unique opportunities to contribute to cutting-edge research, aimed at advancing biomedical knowledge and improving patient care. Carle is one of only a few hospitals in the country and the first in Illinois to acquire a Siemens Healthineers MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla (7T) MRI scanner for both clinical […]

March 18, 2021

Health experts address rise in attacks against Asians in the U.S.

  • By Beth Hart

The alarming rise in racism, violence, and harassment against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), exacerbated this past year by the COVID-19 pandemic, is leaving short- and long-term impacts on public health in its wake. Over 3,000 cases of COVID-19-related hate and violence against individuals of Asian descent have been reported in the United States since March 2020, according to Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles. Carle Illinois College of Medicine explores the recent discrimination and attacks, […]

March 17, 2021

Carle Illinois faculty member receives bioengineering Trailblazer Award

  • By Beth Hart

Pengfei Song, a Carle Illinois assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Trailblazer R21 Award for pursuing the next-generation ultrasound localization microscopy. The award provides an opportunity for early-career investigators to explore highly innovative research projects. Song is the principal investigator for the project, which was awarded more than $565,000. The research will build on technology that provides very high spatial resolution for imaging microvessels […]

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 […]