December 9, 2021

Health Innovation Professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan joins CCIL’s education program leadership

  • By Ryann Monahan

Urbana, Ill. – The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) is excited to announce that Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, associate professor of food science and health nutrition (FSHN), has been appointed a CCIL Program Leader. Focusing on education, she will join the other leaders of the CCIL’s Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC) activities, with a primary focus on post-doctoral programs and initiatives, mentoring of junior CCIL members, and coordination of the CCIL with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s […]

Liang elected NAI Fellow
December 7, 2021

Carle Illinois faculty member Zhi-Pei Liang elected NAI fellow

  • By Beth Hart

Zhi-Pei Liang, a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Grainger College of Engineering, was elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Liang is being honored for his “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society,” according to the academy. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction […]

Dean King Li selected as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
December 7, 2021

National Academy of Inventors announces Carle Illinois’ Dean King Li as 2021 NAI Fellow

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Dean King Li has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction awarded exclusively to academic inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. “Dean Li is most deserving […]

7 Tesla MRI Brain Research Study
December 6, 2021

Carle Health and University of Illinois partner to launch brain study

  • By Beth Hart

Thanks to a collaboration between Carle Health and the University of Illinois, a first-of-its-kind imaging study will be conducted in Champaign-Urbana. The Champaign-Urbana Population Study will use the new, jointly acquired unique technology, the Siemens MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla (7T) MRI to collect information about the brain’s structure and function across a diverse group of volunteers. Leaders of the study anticipate the information collected will improve our understanding of brain health and how the brain […]

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November 17, 2021

Winning Health Make-a-Thon Team Aspires to Remove Barriers to STEM Education

  • By Beth Hart

Computer science student Ayesha Kazi was in her first-year at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019, when bioengineering student Mona Jawad inspired Kazi to leverage technology to help deaf students overcome obstacles in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. Stemming from her work researching cochlear implants with College of Applied Health Sciences professor Justin Aronoff, Jawad recognized that there was a tricky barrier present for deaf students as they tried to engage with STEM […]

Abigail Wooldridge
November 15, 2021

Carle Illinois’ Abigail Wooldridge receives inaugural Robert L. Wears Early Career Award

  • By Beth Hart

For outstanding research contributions, as well as years of service, Abigail Wooldridge was presented the inaugural Robert L. Wears Early Career Award by the Health Care Technical Group of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Wooldridge is an assistant professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering and of biomedical and translational sciences at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The new Robert L. Wears early career award aims to highlight the achievements of academics and practitioners in the first […]

November 12, 2021

PFAS exposure, high-fat diet drive prostate cells’ metabolism into pro-cancer state

  • By Beth Hart

Exposure to PFAS – a class of synthetic chemicals utilized in food wrappers, nonstick cookware and other products – reprograms the metabolism of benign and malignant human prostate cells to a more energy-efficient state that enables the cells to proliferate at three times the rate of nonexposed cells, a new study in mice found. However, consuming a high-fat diet significantly accelerated development of tumors in the PFAS-exposed mice, said the scientists at the University of […]

November 7, 2021

Diamonds are forever: scientists develop microscopic calibration tool with fluorescent nanodiamonds

  • By Ryann Monahan

Jewelers, geologists, and microscopists agree: diamonds are forever. In collaboration with industry partners, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, including Stephen Boppart, Carle Illinois’ Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, are using microscopic nanodiamonds to calibrate and assess the performance of high-powered microscopes. Their longevity and durability make the tiny “first-aid kits” more than up to the task. Advanced optical microscopy systems provide high-resolution views of the structure and function of cells and […]

Research Team Receives $2M NIH Grant for Sepsis Research
October 25, 2021

Carle Illinois researchers receive $2M NIH grant to develop a rapid and accurate point-of-care device to detect sepsis biomarkers

  • By Beth Hart

A research team led by Rashid Bashir, professor in bioengineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and dean of The Grainger College of Engineering received a $2M, four-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant (R01) for the project, “Point-of-Care Microfluidic Biochip for Biomarkers Monitoring for Contributing in Early Sepsis Diagnosis.” The R01 grant is historically the oldest grant used by the NIH which supports health-related research that aligns with its mission. This […]

October 14, 2021

Carle Illinois researchers advance breast cancer imaging device, supported by new NIH grant

  • By Ryann Monahan

A Carle Illinois College of Medicine research team is developing a new device that will improve the management of breast cancer using ultrasound imaging.  The team has innovated new radiological clips that will increase visibility during imaging, reduce levels of radiation, and offer other new capabilities not previously available. “We will be solving a known problem, identified by several of our radiologist partners both at Carle Health and the Mayo Clinic, regarding the failings of […]