August 24, 2021

The Time is Now at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • By Ryann Monahan

 This year reminded all of us just how quickly a world can change. We learned that it’s time to be impatient when it comes to the health of those who matter most. It’s time for new treatments and innovations that help those we love – right now. It’s time to find equitable solutions that improve the human condition. It’s time for the first medical school built at the intersection of engineering and medicine. It is time for the […]

August 23, 2021

Carle Illinois faculty receive U of I System honor for leading COVID-19 response

  • By Ryann Monahan

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen on Monday honored 28 key leaders of the system’s COVID-19 response with the Presidential Medallion. The medallion is the highest honor that the system president can bestow. Recipients on faculty at Carle Illinois College of Medicine include: Martin D. Burke, professor and former associate dean for research at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, May and Ving Lee Professor for Chemical Innovation at UIUC Timothy M. Fan, professor and the […]

July 14, 2021

Illinois Researchers Advance COVID-19 Point-of-Care Technologies and Impact

  • By Ryann Monahan

Advances made by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are set to improve the ability to diagnose COVID-19 and other infectious diseases more quickly and at the point of care. The findings offer a new approach to viral detection that currently primarily rely on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – the current gold standard for detecting COVID-19. The work is a collaboration between researchers from Carle Illinois College of Medicine and The Grainger College […]

June 7, 2021

Carle Illinois’ Med Student Vaccination Outreach in Underserved Communities

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are launching new outreach efforts in culturally diverse and low-income communities to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, and then administer the vaccine to those who would like to receive it. For students like Aaron Brown, the efforts are deeply personal. He saw firsthand how the pandemic ravaged communities from Champaign County to his home community in Virginia. The stories of sadness and loss were debilitating to him.  “After […]

June 4, 2021

Adapting laboratory techniques for remote instruction

  • By Ryann Monahan

The COVID-19 pandemic forced instructors to adapt their courses for online learning. Laboratory courses were particularly difficult due to lack of access to specialized equipment for remote learners. To overcome this challenge, researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign designed a laboratory exercise to teach students how to use micropipettes, through remote learning, using at-home kits. Micropipettes are common—and essential—laboratory instruments and are used in several fields including molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry. They 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 […]

April 16, 2021

Vaccine Advocacy PSA from Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • By Ryann Monahan

 Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are helping answer questions about and advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine through a new vaccine public service announcement (PSA). A Spanish version of the vaccine advocacy PSA can be found on YouTube and Illinois Media Space.

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April 14, 2021

K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemic

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As vaccines for the virus that causes COVID-19 become more accessible, more communities and schools are reopening. However, no vaccines have been approved for children under 16 to date, leaving school districts with many questions to navigate as they reopen […]

March 2, 2021

U of I System receives FDA authorization for covidSHIELD test process

  • By University of Illinois System

The University of Illinois System has received emergency use authorization (EUA)  from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for covidSHIELD, its innovative saliva-based COVID-19 test that was used on the U of I campuses to hold the virus in check by utilizing widespread testing with rapid results. Under FDA guidelines, the EUA allows the U of I System to broadly expand its covidSHIELD testing beyond its universities. “The University of Illinois has been a […]

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March 2, 2021

COVID-19 Saliva-Based Test Expands Reach to DC-area Universities, Baltimore schools

  • By Carle Illinois College of Medicine

The COVID-19 saliva-based test developed by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will now be used in some Baltimore public schools and several universities in the Washington, DC area. American University and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area partnered with UIUC researchers to establish and operate a new mobile lab with the anticipated capacity to process more than 50,000 tests per week. Andrew Flagel, president and CEO of the Consortium of […]