May 9, 2021

Achievement in Absence of Graduation

  • By Ryann Monahan

There will be no walking across a graduation stage or turning tassels for Carle Illinois College of Medicine students this May. Instead, the inaugural class of the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine has one more year to prepare for the historic moment when they become newly-minded physician innovators with a medical degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. However, you don’t need to look far to find impressive accomplishments among Carle Illinois students. Innovation […]

May 5, 2021

Mantis shrimp-inspired camera provides second opinion during cancer surgery

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Some of the world’s greatest innovations, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine, owe their strength and elegance to natural design. Researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have returned their gaze to the natural world to develop a camera inspired by the mantis shrimp that can visualize cancer cells during surgery. A new study led by electrical and computer engineering professor Viktor Gruev details how the new camera works with tumor-targeted drugs to see cancer […]

Saif Lab Research
May 5, 2021

Carle Illinois, CCIL Scientist Develops High-Res Sensors to Investigate Cancer Cell Activity

  • By Beth Hart

Urbana, Ill. – When Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor Taher Saif, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, joined the University of Illinois over two decades ago, he thought he would use his skills to help people – by improving their vehicles and cell phones. But just a few years later, he realized his expertise could be put towards another cause: fighting cancer. Saif spent his early career in applied mathematics, where his lab work focused […]

Drs. Bashir and Smith
May 5, 2021

RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW TECHNIQUE TO STUDY “MICROCANCERS” AND SCREEN CANCER-FIGHTING DRUGS

  • By Beth Hart

A team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Mayo Clinic have developed a new technique for creating “microcancer” cell cultures. It allows researchers to form hundreds of microcancers in a high-throughput format using a small, microfabricated chip, enabling direct measurement of cell health or response to drugs. It also allows researchers to control the shape of the culture using capillary forces and thus create cultures that more closely resemble in-vivo cells’ three-dimensional […]

April 27, 2021

AI in Medicine Certificate Program Now Available

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new artificial Intelligence (AI) in medicine certificate program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is now available to prepare healthcare professionals to lead in the era of digital medicine. The program launched through a powerful interdisciplinary partnership between Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the department of bioengineering at The Grainger College of Engineering, and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The certification program delivers exceptional course quality and empowers medical professionals including […]

National Academy of Science Award Winners for 2021
April 27, 2021

Carle Illinois professor among three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Physics professor Nadya Mason, chemistry professor Ralph Nuzzo, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine and chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk are among 120 newly elected U.S. members – 59 of whom are women, the most elected in a single year – and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in […]

April 26, 2021

Carle Illinois faculty member wins Beckman Institute’s 2021 Vision and Spirit Award

  • By Beth Hart

Martha Gillette, director of the Neuroscience Program, Alumni Professor of cell and developmental biology, and Carle Illinois professor, has been named the Beckman Institute’s 2021 winner of the Vision and Spirit Award. The annual award, which includes $150,000 in research funding, was created to honor Beckman Institute Founder Arnold Beckman by recognizing a faculty member who has fostered collaboration in their research and exemplifies Beckman’s vision. Beckman and his wife, Mabel, gave $40 million to […]

Dean Li, Gold Medal Award
April 22, 2021

Carle Illinois Dean awarded Association of University Radiologists’ highest honor

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Dean King Li has been honored with the highest award given by the Association of University Radiologists. The Gold Medal award from the AUR recognizes unusually distinguished service or contributions to the association, academic radiology, or the field of radiology in general. In the organization’s tribute announcing the award, Dr. Li was hailed as a mentor for an entire generation of academic radiologists. In addition to being a clinician and […]

April 21, 2021

Carle Illinois Assistant Dean, student organization honored for work on diversity issues

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Ruby Mendenhall is being honored for advancing the cause of diversity. Dr. Mendenhall was honored in the Outstanding Faculty and Staff category of the 9th Annual Diversity and Social Justice Education Awards presented by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was nominated for the award by Carle Illinois student Kitan Akinosho. The awards recognize members of […]

Rohit Bhargava and Georgina Cheng at CCIL view images of cancer cells
April 20, 2021

CCIL and Carle Collaborate on Cancer Management Project

  • By Beth Hart

Traditionally, someone in a lab will embed tissue in paraffin, pour dye and view it under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present. However, researchers in bioengineering and medicine at Carle Health are going further and looking at the microenvironment, or molecular chemistry of the cancer cells to understand cancer progression. By measuring the molecular makeup of cancer cells and their effect on the surrounding cells and tissues, that information can provide insight […]