from left, chemistry professor Scott Silverman; entomology professor Gene Robinson, the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; bioengineering professor Fan Lam; animal sciences professor Ryan Dilger; and electrical and computer engineering professor Zhi-Pei Liang.
March 1, 2022

Team uses MRI to image epigenetics in the brain

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A multidisciplinary team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has devised a new approach to 3D imaging that captures DNA methylation, a key epigenetic change associated with learning in the brain. The scientists say their proof-of-concept study in pigs will easily translate to humans, as the new method relies on standard MRI technology and biological markers already in use in human medicine. Epigenetics is a key mechanism by which gene expression is […]

MRI image of the brain showing atrophy
February 21, 2022

Carle Illinois research reveals new insight into links between Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Loss

  • By Beth Hart

Researchers at Carle Illinois College of Medicine have uncovered new evidence about hearing loss in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). It pinpoints unexpected areas of brain shrinkage in AD patients with hearing loss. The work could eventually lead to earlier intervention and new treatment strategies to delay cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease patients. The research is led by Dan Llano, Carle Illinois associate professor of biomedical and translational science and physician at Carle Health in […]

Amy Wagoner Johnson teaching Carle Illinois medical students
February 18, 2022

Carle Illinois Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

  • By Beth Hart

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The head of Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences Amy Wagoner Johnson has been elected to the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Wagoner Johnson, who is also a professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the AIMBE College of Fellows for work in recruiting and advancing women and persons of color […]

University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin D. Burke, left, and postdoctoral researcher Daniel J. Blair developed a new class of chemical building blocks
February 17, 2022

New set of chemical building blocks makes complex 3D molecules in a snap

  • By Beth Hart

A new set of molecular building blocks aims to make complex chemistry as simple and accessible as a toy construction kit. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators at Revolution Medicines Inc. developed a new class of chemical building blocks that simply snap together to form 3D molecules with complex twists and turns, and an automated machine to assemble the blocks like a 3D printer for molecules. This automation could allow chemists and […]

January 19, 2022

Collaborative student design project earns ASTM International Project Grant Award

  • By Beth Hart

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Bioengineering seniors Elisabeth Martin, Stephanie Slowik, Arjun Reddigari, and Shweta Khorana have received the ASTM Project Grant Award of $500 (USD) for their project, “Language Lifeline Medical Interpretation Application.” This work was carried out as a part of BIOE 435 Senior Design Capstone in collaboration with Carle Illinois College of Medicine students Elizabeth Woodburn and Kitan Akinosho (Class of 2022), and bioengineering Master of Engineering student Nick Souligne. Bioengineering professor Holly Golecki, who is […]

Epicap Capstone Innovations
January 19, 2022

New Seizure-monitoring Baseball Cap Innovated by Carle Illinois Students

  • By Beth Hart

A new seizure-monitoring baseball cap could help doctors diagnose patients with epilepsy more quickly and comprehensively. The innovation is called Epicap. It uses a small video camera built into the visor of the cap, to allow doctors to begin monitoring patients when seizures are suspected, rather than wait until they occur and are discovered in a traditional inpatient setting. Epicap was designed and prototyped by Carle Illinois students Kenny Leung and Jennifer Cortes, in collaboration […]

Carle Illinois Capstone Innovations 2022 - Bionic Knee
January 11, 2022

Carle Illinois Students Design Bionic Knee Brace to Empower Cerebral Palsy Patients

  • By Beth Hart

A new bionic knee brace designed by two future physician innovators at Carle Illinois College of Medicine could help cerebral palsy (CP) patients overcome muscle stiffness that limits their mobility. Cerebral palsy patients have decreased muscle strength and flexibility that hinders mobility and prevents even the most mobile cerebral palsy patients from exercising freely for extended periods of time. A new device designed by Carle Illinois College of Medicine students Dylan Mann and Shahnoor Amin […]

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 […]

November 29, 2021

#GivingTuesday to Support Tackling Today’s Biggest Health Challenges

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois is pioneering new approaches to medical education and health care as it educates a new generation of physician innovators. Your support on #GivingTuesday is more important than ever as we tackle today’s biggest health challenges. Learn more about how to give: Learn more about Carle Illinois College of Medicine: