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 […]

March 2, 2020

Study maps landmarks of peripheral artery disease to guide treatment development

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Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor and research mentor, Huimin Zhao, has developed CRISPR-based technology that “knocks out” yeast genes with single-point precision – offering potential benefits to industries that use the yeast to produce ethanol, chemicals, lubricants and pharmaceuticals.

Illinois researchers demonstrated a CRISPR gene-editing technique that slowed the progression of ALS in mice. Pictured, from left: graduate student Colin Lim, professor Thomas Gaj, graduate student Michael Gapinske, professor Pablo Perez-Pinera.
February 25, 2020

New CRISPR base-editing technology slows ALS progression in mice

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With a new CRISPR gene-editing methodology, scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign inactivated one of the genes responsible for an inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – a debilitating and fatal neurological disease for which there is no cure. The novel treatment slowed disease progression, improved muscle function and extended lifespan in mice with an aggressive form of ALS. “ALS unfortunately has few treatment options. This is an important first […]

January 21, 2020

New Department Head of Biomedical and Translational Sciences to Help Foster Interdisciplinary Collaboration

  • By Kristin Tennant

As Carle Illinois’ first Head of the Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences, Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson will help cultivate a meaningful, interdisciplinary faculty culture at the College.

January 10, 2020

“Innovation Grand Rounds” series is launched to inspire new ideas and collaborations

  • By Kristin Tennant

The new Innovation Grand Rounds series will create “a collaborative networking event around medicine innovation.”

January 2, 2020

Surgeon-engineer partnership leads to the development of 3D-printed, absorbable stents

  • By Kristin Tennant

Blair Rowitz, M.D., and Dipanjan Pan, Ph.D., collaborated to develop customizable, 3D-printed stents out of materials that can be absorbed by the body.

December 13, 2019

Anthropology, medicine and dance—Professor Laura Shackelford brings them all together, seamlessly

  • By Kristin Tennant

Anatomy lab is a rite of passage for medical students. The first time they don scrubs, pick up scalpels and approach a human cadaver is, for most physicians, an indelible moment.   It’s easy to assume that seasoned physicians are guiding future physicians in the lab, but it’s not always the case. Often, it’s an anthropologist who helps med students navigate this new terrain of bone, ligaments and organs. That’s true at the Carle Illinois College […]

December 11, 2019

The future of rural healthcare began to take shape at Carle Illinois make-a-thon

  • By Kristin Tennant

“Next Generation” and “Rural Health” might seem like unrelated concepts, but 46 people recently devoted a Saturday to bringing them together at a Carle Illinois make-a-thon. The result? Seven innovative ideas to revolutionize the future of rural healthcare. Next Generation Rural Health was the theme that brought together so many minds on December 7. Seven teams competed, each with an intentional mix of participants, including community members, Carle Illinois medical students, Illinois undergraduate engineering students, […]