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 […]

Robotic Neurosurgical Navigation Device
October 14, 2021

Carle Illinois student prototypes new robotic neurosurgical device, nominated for Innovator of the Year

  • By Beth Hart

A robotic neurosurgical device created by a Carle Illinois College of Medicine student may offer a new kind of emergency treatment for traumatic brain injury in low-resource countries. Al Smith, the student spearheading the innovation, is a finalist for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Innovator of the Year Award. Smith, a second-year Carle Illinois student, was nominated for the prestigious award by his faculty mentor and Carle Health neurosurgeon, Dr. Wael Mostafa. As one of three […]

Nicholas Wu
October 5, 2021

Wu earns NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

  • By Ryann Monahan

Nicholas Wu, a professor in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has received a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, part of the Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. Wu, who is also a professor of biochemistry, is among 64 new innovators, recognized for unusually innovative research from early career investigators who are within 10 years of their final degree or clinical residency and have not yet received a […]

Stanislav Rubakhin, research professor; Dan Castro, graduate research assistant; Jonathan Sweedler, professor of chemistry; Yuxuan Richard Xie, graduate research assistant;Elena Romanova, research professor
October 5, 2021

New analytical technique helps researchers spot subtle differences in subcellular chemistry

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can now rapidly isolate and chemically characterize individual organelles within cells. The new technique tests the limits of analytical chemistry and rapidly reveals the chemical composition of organelles that control biological growth, development and disease. The findings of the new study, led by Carle Illinois College of Medicine and chemistry professor Jonathan Sweedler, are published in the journal Nature Methods. The new approach locates and isolates […]

Carle Ambassadors
September 28, 2021

Carle Illinois medical student realizes potential in new Carle Ambassadors Program

  • By Beth Hart

A new mentorship program at Carle Health gives Carle Illinois College of Medicine students early access to a professional guide as they navigate the challenges of medical school. The Carle Ambassadors Program matches first-year medical students with faculty to mentor them as they learn about Carle’s clinical, educational, and research missions. The 47 new medical students who started this summer at Carle Illinois is the first class to participate in the program, providing them greater […]

September 27, 2021

PRIDE Festival: Carle Illinois Students Host Health Booth

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students participated in the 2021 Champaign-Urbana Pride Festival Saturday, September 25th in Urbana, Illinois. Carle Illinois students checked dozens of festival attendees’ vitals and offered information affirming LGBTQ+ health care in the community. Carle Illinois’ participation in the event was led by the Carle Illinois PRIDE student group. The C-U Pride Festival was hosted by the Uniting Pride (UP) Center of Champaign County and themed “What the Health? Fighting. Surviving. […]

Professor Wu and graduate student posing in front of research
September 24, 2021

Antibodies from original strain COVID-19 infection don’t bind to variants, study finds

  • By Ryann Monahan

People infected with the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 early in the pandemic produced a consistent antibody response, making two main groups of antibodies to bind to the spike protein on the virus’s outer surface. However, those antibodies don’t bind well to newer variants, a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found. Characterizing what kinds of antibodies the body is most likely to make to fight a natural infection is […]