January 24, 2022

Carle Illinois-led Medical Tech Projects Awarded Research and Development Funding

  • By Beth Hart

Research projects led by Carle Illinois College of Medicine faculty members, staff, and students have been awarded funding to create new solutions to vexing health care challenges. Through the Jump ARCHES (Applied Research in Community Health through Engineering and Simulation) program, more than $1.4 million in funding is being awarded to 20 research efforts, including eight projects involving representatives of Carle Illinois. The Fall 2021 Jump ARCHES grants addressed post-COVID health challenges, data security and […]

January 19, 2022

Collaborative student design project earns ASTM International Project Grant Award

  • By Beth Hart

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Bioengineering seniors Elisabeth Martin, Stephanie Slowik, Arjun Reddigari, and Shweta Khorana have received the ASTM Project Grant Award of $500 (USD) for their project, “Language Lifeline Medical Interpretation Application.” This work was carried out as a part of BIOE 435 Senior Design Capstone in collaboration with Carle Illinois College of Medicine students Elizabeth Woodburn and Kitan Akinosho (Class of 2022), and bioengineering Master of Engineering student Nick Souligne. Bioengineering professor Holly Golecki, who is […]

Epicap Capstone Innovations
January 19, 2022

New Seizure-monitoring Baseball Cap Innovated by Carle Illinois Students

  • By Beth Hart

A new seizure-monitoring baseball cap could help doctors diagnose patients with epilepsy more quickly and comprehensively. The innovation is called Epicap. It uses a small video camera built into the visor of the cap, to allow doctors to begin monitoring patients when seizures are suspected, rather than wait until they occur and are discovered in a traditional inpatient setting. Epicap was designed and prototyped by Carle Illinois students Kenny Leung and Jennifer Cortes, in collaboration […]

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 […]