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, […]

December 4, 2019

Stephen Boppart awarded highest distinction for academic inventors

  • By Kristin Tennant

Stephen Boppart has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of his work developing and translating novel optical biomedical imaging technologies.

November 1, 2019

Health Make-a-Thon Competition is Open for Idea Submissions From Across the State

  • By Kristin Tennant

Starting November 1, 2019, all Illinois residents are invited to submit ideas for improving human health to the second annual Illinois Health Make-a-Thon competition. The 10 best ideas will each be supported by $10,000 in Health Maker Lab resources to create a real prototype of their idea.

October 28, 2019

Med student plans a “different kind of health fair” for the community

  • By Kristin Tennant

On November 10, Aaron Brown, a second-year student at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, is taking a “different kind of health fair” into the Champaign-Urbana community—one that focuses on meeting people where they’re at and building trust through listening.