March 12, 2021

New technique brings the study of molecular configuration into the microscopic domain

  • By Beth Hart

Researchers at the Beckman Institute have developed a new variation of an infrared microscope with analytical capabilities, allowing researchers to image biological samples at the microscopic level more quickly and accurately. The new instrument is based on the discrete frequency infrared spectroscopic imaging technique developed by researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The novel measurement technique is effective for probing the chemical conformations of biomolecules. “This […]

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 […]

March 10, 2021

Leading New Directions in Cancer Research: The Unanswered Black Box

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor Hyunjoon Kong is leading new research that will interrogate how cell communication influences body, tissue, and pathogen development. The goal is to help other clinicians and researchers better understand cell-to-cell communications. This innovation could change the way that scientists and clinicians administer tests and treatments to cancer patients. Kong, Robert W. Schafer professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, approaches cancer research from a perspective that integrates cell engineering and […]

March 5, 2021

Carle Illinois professor named AIMBE fellow

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor Jennifer Amos has been named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Amos, who is also a professor of bioengineering at The Grainger College of Engineering, was honored for her outstanding contributions to the development of curriculum and assessment methods in biomedical engineering and engineering-driven medical education. She has been actively involved in efforts across the biomedical engineering community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The College of […]

March 2, 2021

U of I System receives FDA authorization for covidSHIELD test process

  • By University of Illinois System

The University of Illinois System has received emergency use authorization (EUA)  from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for covidSHIELD, its innovative saliva-based COVID-19 test that was used on the U of I campuses to hold the virus in check by utilizing widespread testing with rapid results. Under FDA guidelines, the EUA allows the U of I System to broadly expand its covidSHIELD testing beyond its universities. “The University of Illinois has been a […]

COVID-19 Mobile Testing Lab
March 2, 2021

COVID-19 Saliva-Based Test Expands Reach to DC-area Universities, Baltimore schools

  • By Carle Illinois College of Medicine

The COVID-19 saliva-based test developed by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will now be used in some Baltimore public schools and several universities in the Washington, DC area. American University and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area partnered with UIUC researchers to establish and operate a new mobile lab with the anticipated capacity to process more than 50,000 tests per week. Andrew Flagel, president and CEO of the Consortium of […]

February 25, 2021

Carle Illinois student presents robotic device to offer surgeons new navigational tool

  • By Beth Hart

A team of researchers, including three Carle Illinois College of Medicine students, has designed an inexpensive robotic device that could help general surgeons save the lives of patients with potentially life-threatening fluid on the brain when no neurosurgeon is available. The innovation was featured at the 16th Coordinated Science Lab Student Conference at The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Carle Illinois student Al Smith says the device could benefit patients […]

February 25, 2021

New X-ray imaging facility opened at Beckman Institute

  • By Beckman Institute

A cross-campus collaboration has created a new 3D X-ray phase-contrast imaging laboratory that will allow researchers to overcome some limitations of conventional X-ray imaging and enable core research for the life and material science communities. The collaboration between the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has created the Computational X-ray Imaging Science Laboratory, which is located in the Beckman Institute. Mark Anastasio, […]

February 23, 2021

Illinois and Mayo Clinic Researchers Awarded $2.2M DoD Grant for Breast Cancer Imaging Study

  • By Cancer Center at Illinois

Four in ten* patients screened for breast cancer are at a higher risk of misdiagnosis due to the presence of dense breast tissue. Traditional mammography cannot reliably diagnose the disease in these patients, sometimes even with the help of supplemental screening. Even with these extra tests, approximately 80% of patients are misdiagnosed with false positives, causing undue distress and financial strain. About 40% of women present with denser breast tissue in the United States; and […]

February 22, 2021

Carle Illinois College of Medicine granted provisional accreditation

  • By Carle Illinois College of Medicine

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has been granted provisional accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education following an in-depth review of educational and program quality standards. Provisional accreditation moves the college’s engineering-based M.D. degree program one step closer to full accreditation in 2022. “This is a great accomplishment and another historic milestone for a groundbreaking new kind of medical school,” Chancellor Robert J. Jones said. “The post-COVID-19 world is going to need innovations […]