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August 19, 2021

Carle Illinois’ Summer Outreach Programs Link Youth Scientists with World-Class Health Research, Mentors

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine is giving high school and college students from underrepresented groups exposure to research experience on health topics ranging from cancer and tissue engineering, to documenting the health effects of the COVID-19. Carle Illinois’ summer REACH program for undergraduate students and the SpHERES (Sparking High Schoolers’ Excitement for Research in Engineering and Science) provide learning and research opportunities to students from groups that are underrepresented in medicine, science, and engineering. The […]

August 12, 2021

Moussa Named Carle Illinois’ New Associate Dean for Research

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Dean King Li has announced the appointment of Issam D. Moussa, M.D., M.B.A., as Associate Dean for Research effective August 16, 2021. He succeeds Dr. Marty Burke, who is stepping down from the associate dean’s position to devote more time to his own research efforts. Dr. Moussa has served in leadership roles at Carle Health and Carle Illinois since 2018. As Associate Dean for Research, he will provide strategic leadership for policies and procedures related to research and innovation at Carle Illinois and will […]

August 11, 2021

New Carle Illinois Grant to Foster Health Equity Among Chicago Youth

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new grant will help reduce disparities in healthcare through a unique new training program led by Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Ruby Mendenhall. The programming will create a culture of innovation that centers around the health and wellness of mostly Black and Latinx high school students and young adults living in Chicago. With the $500,000 MacArthur Foundation grant, Mendenhall and her research team will create programming and wellness tools, including art, to foster healing […]

August 3, 2021

Study tests microplasma against middle-ear infections

  • By Ryann Monahan

Middle-ear infections are a common affliction in early life, affecting more than 80% of children in the U.S. Antibiotics are often employed as a first line of defense but sometimes fail against the pathogenic bacteria that can develop in the middle ear, just behind the eardrum. In a new study, researchers explore the use of microplasma – a highly focused stream of chemically excited ions and molecules – as a noninvasive method for attacking the […]

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July 22, 2021

Summer of Discovery Charts Course for Future Impact on Health Care

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are setting a course to change the future of human health through the college’s unique Discovery Learning program, contributing to everything from brain tumor research to emergency medical care for diverse populations. In the summer 2021 Discovery Learning program, 26 Carle Illinois students are partnering with and learning from expert clinicians, scientists, and industry leaders. First-year students enrolled in the Discovery Learning program spend six weeks immersed in clinical […]

July 22, 2021

New approach eradicates breast cancer in mice

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new approach to treating breast cancer kills 95-100% of cancer cells in mouse models of human estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers and their metastases in bone, brain, liver and lungs. The newly developed drug, called ErSO, quickly shrinks even large tumors to undetectable levels. Led by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the research team reports the findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine. “Even when a few breast cancer cells do survive, enabling tumors […]

July 18, 2021

Carle Illinois Class of 2024 Celebrates White Coat Moment Following COVID-19 Delays

  • By Beth Hart

For Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Class of 2024, starting a medical career during a worldwide health crisis meant postponing the traditional ceremony launching their journey to become physicians. The group of 48 students started medical school in July 2020 under COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, requiring Carle Illinois to postpone the milestone event where they receive their white coat and commit to the ethical practice of medicine. After a year’s delay, the future physician-innovators celebrated […]

July 16, 2021

Chemical reactions break free from energy barriers using flyby trajectories

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new study shows that it is possible to use mechanical force to deliberately alter chemical reactions and increase chemical selectivity – a grand challenge of the field. The study led by Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor Jeffrey Moore and Stanford University chemist Todd Martinez demonstrates how external mechanical forces alter atomic motions to manipulate reaction outcomes. The study findings are published in the journal Science. “We think of chemical reactions as molecules moving on a surface […]

July 14, 2021

Illinois Researchers Advance COVID-19 Point-of-Care Technologies and Impact

  • By Ryann Monahan

Advances made by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are set to improve the ability to diagnose COVID-19 and other infectious diseases more quickly and at the point of care. The findings offer a new approach to viral detection that currently primarily rely on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – the current gold standard for detecting COVID-19. The work is a collaboration between researchers from Carle Illinois College of Medicine and The Grainger College […]

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July 12, 2021

Carle Illinois Announces New Chief of Staff

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Dean King Li has announced the hiring of Dr. Rosalind Garcia-Tosi as the college’s new chief of staff, effective July 26, 2021. Garcia-Tosi will succeed the college’s inaugural chief of staff, Gary Giacomelli, who plans to retire in October. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Garcia-Tosi will serve as a key advisor to the Dean and lead a variety of strategic, executive, administrative, and operational activities across the college. She will […]