July 8, 2021

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN LAUNCHES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND AI IN MEDICINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

  • By Ryann Monahan

URBANA, Ill., July 8, 2021 – The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has launched a new AI in Medicine Certificate program through an interdisciplinary partnership between the department of bioengineering at The Grainger College of Engineering, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. This self-paced online certificate program will equip healthcare professionals with a conceptual understanding of AI and its applications through real-world medical case studies using machine learning models.  The cost […]

July 1, 2021

CARLE ILLINOIS WELCOMES CLASS OF 2025

  • By Ryann Monahan

URBANA, Ill – Forty-seven new medical students have embarked on a journey to become physician innovators at Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the nation’s first engineering-based medical school. The Class of 2025 was welcomed to the UIUC campus this month marking the first time in the medical school’s history that Carle Illinois has held four full classes of students. Established in 2015, the college welcomed its inaugural class […]

June 29, 2021

Carle Illinois Student’s Emergency Response Comes to the Rescue on First Day of Medical School

  • By Beth Hart

Most medical students don’t put their life-saving instincts to the test the first day of medical school, but that’s exactly what happened to new Carle Illinois College of Medicine student Vignesh Alla when an explosion rocked his dormitory. After completing his first day of orientation June 28, 2021, as a new student at Carle Illinois, Alla returned to his residence in Hendrick House, only to learn that the building’s maintenance staff was investigating a possible […]

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June 24, 2021

Doing VR Right: Carle Illinois pairs case-based teaching with new technology to advance medical education

  • By Beth Hart

Virtual reality can improve student mastery of difficult medical concepts when VR is strategically incorporated into case-based teaching, according to new research by an academic team at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Teaching Associate Professor Roberto Galvez and a team of Carle Illinois faculty members set out to study the value of VR as a tool to improve medical student learning. “Everyone in higher education is talking about using VR for educational activities because it is […]

June 18, 2021

Healing Racial Trauma: Researchers offer framework for healing injured communities

  • By Carle Illinois College of Medicine

A series of traumatic and racially charged events this past year had profound and lasting effects on individuals and communities of color. The murder of George Floyd in June 2020 and numerous other acts of violence left deep wounds, compounding a history of racism and discrimination impacting Americans of African and Asian descent and the communities where they live. Dr. Carla Desi-Ann Hunter, psychologist and co-author of a multidisciplinary paper, “Community Healing and Resistance Through […]

June 3, 2021

Expert Viewpoint: Why do we need a health care equity law?

  • By Beth Hart

On April 27, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 158, a health care equity bill sponsored by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, making law the Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act. In drafting the bill, the caucus consulted with Ruby Mendenhall, an Illinois professor of African American studies and sociology and assistant dean for diversity and democratization of health innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Mendenhall has researched health care disparities and […]

June 1, 2021

New microscope discovery combines AI to detect disease earlier, improve treatment

  • By Ryann Monahan

A newly developed laser source and microscope are helping researchers better understand and search for biomarkers indicative of cancer and other diseases, offering new promise for early detection and treatment plans. The study, co-authored by Carle Illinois College of Medicine professors Stephen Boppart and Saurabh Sinha, including researchers in Boppart’s Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was recently published in Cancer Research and featured on the cover. The innovative laser source and […]

May 28, 2021

Four Illinois Professors Named 2021 Fellows of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

  • By Beth Hart

The International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) welcomed and elected 26 Fellows for the Class of 2021, including three faculty members from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The IAMBE, affiliated with the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), is made up of Fellows who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession of medical and biological engineering. Election to the Academy is highly selective, initiated by nominations which are […]

May 19, 2021

Portable, affordable, accurate, fast: Team invents new COVID-19 test

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new coronavirus test can get accurate results from a saliva sample in less than 30 minutes, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications. Many of the components of the hand-held device used in this technology can be 3D-printed, and the test can detect as little as one viral particle per 1-microliter drop of fluid. “We developed a rapid, highly sensitive and accurate assay, and a portable, battery-powered device for COVID-19 testing that can be […]

May 11, 2021

Heart Inlets: Reflections of life and death in the anatomy lab by medical student Valerie Chen

  • By Ryann Monahan

Every year, when a Carle Illinois College of Medicine class completes their anatomy course, they hold a ceremony to honor the donors. Students write poetry or essays, share anatomy-related paintings, and play music. It is attended by the anatomy professor, students, and families of the donors. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the families have not attended recent ceremonies in person, but the art/writing has been printed into a booklet and shared with them.  This essay reflecting […]