January 30, 2019

Boldly Pursuing Change for the Good of Others

  • By Kara Sauder
January 24, 2019

Feeling groovy: Neurons integrate better with muscle grown on grooved platforms

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Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering muscle in the lab that responds and functions like muscle in the body, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study. Such engineered muscle with integrated nerves has applications in reconstructive and rehabilitative medicine, as well as for engineered biological machines or robots. “With this approach, we can engineer muscle outside of the body so it […]

Samantha Houser, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
January 16, 2019

Challenging the Status Quo to Improve the Human Condition

  • By Kara Sauder
Aaron Brown, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
January 16, 2019

Applying problem-solving to take on challenges

  • By Kara Sauder

As Aaron Brown faces the daily demands of medical school, he uses the inspiration and lessons provided by his mentors as he works hard toward a career that will enable him to help others overcome their own challenges as well.

Eman Hammad, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
January 16, 2019

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Joins Carle Illinois

  • By Kara Sauder

Eman Hammad, a Fulbright visiting scholar from the University of Jordan, began her Fulbright scholar program at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine in the fall of 2018. Her research at the University of Illinois is in pharmacoeconomics, which addresses the cost-effectiveness of medications. Eman’s story began in her home country of Jordan, where at a young age, a trip to the pharmacy catalyzed a curiosity in pharmacology. She witnessed the everyday practice of pharmacists […]

M. Christina White, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
January 10, 2019

Researchers diversify drug development options with new metal catalyst

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A University of Illinois team of researchers led by chemistry professor and Carle Illinois research mentor M. Christina White has developed a new manganese-based catalyst that can change the structure of druglike molecules to make new drugs, advancing the pace and efficiency of drug development.

January 3, 2019

Unmuting large silent genes lets bacteria produce new molecules, potential drug candidates

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By enticing away the repressors dampening unexpressed, silent genes in Streptomyces bacteria, researchers at the University of Illinois have unlocked several large gene clusters for new natural products, according to a study published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. Since many antibiotics, anti-cancer agents and other drugs have been derived from genes readily expressed in Streptomyces, the researchers hope that unsilencing genes that have not previously been expressed in the lab will yield additional candidates […]

December 19, 2018

New drug seeks receptors in sarcoma cells, attacks tumors in animal trials

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A new compound that targets a receptor within sarcoma cancer cells shrank tumors and hampered their ability to spread in mice and pigs, a study from researchers at the University of Illinois reports. The researchers conducted a multi-year, cross-disciplinary study that went from screening potential drug candidates to identifying and synthesizing one compound, to packaging it into nanoparticles for delivery in cells, to testing it in cell cultures and finally in mice and pigs with […]

Stephen Boppart, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
December 14, 2018

Stephen Boppart appointed to Carle Illinois College of Medicine Executive Leadership Team

  • By Libby Kacich

Stephen Boppart joins the Carle Illinois College of Medicine as interim executive associate dean and chief diversity officer.

Valerie Chen, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
December 13, 2018

Tackling New Experiences to Learn High Impact Patient Care

  • By Kara Sauder

As Valerie Chen pursues a future as a physician-innovator, her astute insights into the human experience will have an invaluable impact on the patients in her future care.