October 2, 2020

Carle Illinois student co-editor of Diary of a Med Student project

  • By Charlie Simpson

Shonit Nair Sharma has always enjoyed sharing stories with his older brother, a tradition that has been especially therapeutic for them while pursuing their dreams as doctors in training. Between long clinic shifts and study hours, Shonit and Ajay find time to call each other to talk about their unforgettable experiences as medical students—tales oftentimes of humor, but sometimes of sorrow, joy, or inspiration. As Shonit began medical school at Carle Illinois College of Medicine […]

July 24, 2020

Dream It, Make It: Health Innovators Pitch Ideas for Chance to Win $10,000

  • By Charlie Simpson

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine will host its second-annual Health Make-a-Thon competition on Saturday, August 8, from 2-5 p.m. The online event is open to the public. Twenty teams of citizen-scientists, students, and healthcare practitioners from across the state of Illinois will pitch their ideas for improving health. Ten winning teams will be selected, each receiving $10,000 in resources, materials, and mentorship, and access to the Health Maker Lab network of design and making […]

July 21, 2020

Carle Illinois Welcomes Class of 2024

  • By Charlie Simpson

Forty-eight new medical students recently began their journey at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students from the Class of 2024 come from a range of academic disciplines: 85.5% have an engineering background, and 14.5% come from the basic sciences, with degrees in areas such as chemistry, biomathematics, biophysics, computer science, and cell biology. Nine students hold an advanced degree, consisting of three doctorate degrees and six master’s […]

July 1, 2020

Institutional Mixed Messaging

  • By Amy Wagoner Johnson

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and uprisings over police brutality, the academy is firing off statements, from individual faculty members to the university level, in support of Black Lives Matter and social and racial justice. Momentum for change is building. What also needs to change is institutional mixed messaging, as well as the overtaxing of certain faculty and staff members. We must turn our attention to inclusion, which implies some understanding of additional […]

Several hundred doctors, nurses and medical professionals come together to protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd at Barnes-Jewish Hospital on June 5, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri.
June 23, 2020

Health Care Anti-Bias Tools May Be Endangering Classes of Essential Workers

  • By Katy Stauffer

Bias is so baked into health care delivery that COVID-19 forces us to rethink how we allocate resources so Black and Brown people don’t suffer more than they already have. Health care providers worldwide are now considering how to most fairly allocate scarce resources in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The thought of having to use an algorithm to determine who gets access to life-saving resources and who does not is unquestionably difficult to imagine. We must […]

May 6, 2020

Nanostimulators boost stem cells for muscle repair

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In regenerative medicine, an ideal treatment for patients whose muscles are damaged from lack of oxygen would be to invigorate them with an injection of their own stem cells. In a new study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated that “nanostimulators” – nanoparticles seeded with a molecule the body naturally produces to prompt stem cells to heal wounds – can amp up stem […]

April 30, 2020

Spinal cord gives bio-bots walking rhythm

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Miniature biological robots are making greater strides than ever, thanks to the spinal cord directing their steps. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers developed the tiny walking “spinobots,” powered by rat muscle and spinal cord tissue on a soft, 3D-printed hydrogel skeleton. While previous generations of biological robots, or bio-bots, could move forward by simple muscle contraction, the integration of the spinal cord gives them a more natural walking rhythm, said study […]

Anant Naik with his children's book, Heroes of a Pandemic
April 27, 2020

Carle Illinois student writes children’s book to honor heroes of the pandemic

  • By Kara Sauder

Anant Naik is training to be a doctor, so as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it was no question that he would find a way to help. But after medical students from across the country were pulled from their clinical clerkships, caring for patients at their bedside would not be an option, and Anant looked to his other skills to contribute to those in need. Motivated by the many essential workers serving on the frontlines, Anant […]

April 23, 2020

Carle Illinois students develop COVI-Pod concept in response to COVID-19 crisis

  • By Kara Sauder

For Christina Moawad, there was no question that she would do whatever she could to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Born and raised in New York City and with a majority of her immediate family serving in healthcare, she saw the need early on for new solutions, extra hands, and a quick response. When one of her classmates shared an opportunity to participate in the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Virtual Design Challenge, Christina and her classmates […]

April 13, 2020

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health team up to design and produce face shield for health care workers

  • By Charlie Simpson

A team of engineers, physicians, researchers and designers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health has developed and launched production of a face shield for health professionals responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The design specifications and instructions for use have been made public, and can be downloaded here. The face shield project is part of a larger Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) design initiative led jointly by The Grainger College of Engineering and […]