November 12, 2021

PFAS exposure, high-fat diet drive prostate cells’ metabolism into pro-cancer state

  • By Beth Hart

Exposure to PFAS – a class of synthetic chemicals utilized in food wrappers, nonstick cookware and other products – reprograms the metabolism of benign and malignant human prostate cells to a more energy-efficient state that enables the cells to proliferate at three times the rate of nonexposed cells, a new study in mice found. However, consuming a high-fat diet significantly accelerated development of tumors in the PFAS-exposed mice, said the scientists at the University of […]

Research Team Receives $2M NIH Grant for Sepsis Research
October 25, 2021

Carle Illinois researchers receive $2M NIH grant to develop a rapid and accurate point-of-care device to detect sepsis biomarkers

  • By Beth Hart

A research team led by Rashid Bashir, professor in bioengineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and dean of The Grainger College of Engineering received a $2M, four-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant (R01) for the project, “Point-of-Care Microfluidic Biochip for Biomarkers Monitoring for Contributing in Early Sepsis Diagnosis.” The R01 grant is historically the oldest grant used by the NIH which supports health-related research that aligns with its mission. This […]

October 14, 2021

Carle Illinois researchers advance breast cancer imaging device, supported by new NIH grant

  • By Ryann Monahan

A Carle Illinois College of Medicine research team is developing a new device that will improve the management of breast cancer using ultrasound imaging.  The team has innovated new radiological clips that will increase visibility during imaging, reduce levels of radiation, and offer other new capabilities not previously available. “We will be solving a known problem, identified by several of our radiologist partners both at Carle Health and the Mayo Clinic, regarding the failings of […]

Robotic Neurosurgical Navigation Device
October 14, 2021

Carle Illinois student prototypes new robotic neurosurgical device, nominated for Innovator of the Year

  • By Beth Hart

A robotic neurosurgical device created by a Carle Illinois College of Medicine student may offer a new kind of emergency treatment for traumatic brain injury in low-resource countries. Al Smith, the student spearheading the innovation, is a finalist for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Innovator of the Year Award. Smith, a second-year Carle Illinois student, was nominated for the prestigious award by his faculty mentor and Carle Health neurosurgeon, Dr. Wael Mostafa. As one of three […]

Stanislav Rubakhin, research professor; Dan Castro, graduate research assistant; Jonathan Sweedler, professor of chemistry; Yuxuan Richard Xie, graduate research assistant;Elena Romanova, research professor
October 5, 2021

New analytical technique helps researchers spot subtle differences in subcellular chemistry

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can now rapidly isolate and chemically characterize individual organelles within cells. The new technique tests the limits of analytical chemistry and rapidly reveals the chemical composition of organelles that control biological growth, development and disease. The findings of the new study, led by Carle Illinois College of Medicine and chemistry professor Jonathan Sweedler, are published in the journal Nature Methods. The new approach locates and isolates […]

August 25, 2021

Successful test by UIUC, NASA, and Collins gets us one step closer to electric aircraft

  • By Ryann Monahan

A one-megawatt electric motor that could help propel future, more environmentally friendly, and economically sustainable aircraft was tested during April and May by NASA and its industry and academic partners. The center of attention is an electric machine that can work either as an electric motor to turn propellers or large engine fans or a generator to produce one million watts of power – enough to power 760 average U.S. households. NASA’s collaborators in this research […]

August 23, 2021

Carle Illinois faculty receive U of I System honor for leading COVID-19 response

  • By Ryann Monahan

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen on Monday honored 28 key leaders of the system’s COVID-19 response with the Presidential Medallion. The medallion is the highest honor that the system president can bestow. Recipients on faculty at Carle Illinois College of Medicine include: Martin D. Burke, professor and former associate dean for research at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, May and Ving Lee Professor for Chemical Innovation at UIUC Timothy M. Fan, professor and the […]

August 3, 2021

Study tests microplasma against middle-ear infections

  • By Ryann Monahan

Middle-ear infections are a common affliction in early life, affecting more than 80% of children in the U.S. Antibiotics are often employed as a first line of defense but sometimes fail against the pathogenic bacteria that can develop in the middle ear, just behind the eardrum. In a new study, researchers explore the use of microplasma – a highly focused stream of chemically excited ions and molecules – as a noninvasive method for attacking the […]

July 22, 2021

New approach eradicates breast cancer in mice

  • By Ryann Monahan

A new approach to treating breast cancer kills 95-100% of cancer cells in mouse models of human estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers and their metastases in bone, brain, liver and lungs. The newly developed drug, called ErSO, quickly shrinks even large tumors to undetectable levels. Led by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the research team reports the findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine. “Even when a few breast cancer cells do survive, enabling tumors […]

July 14, 2021

Illinois Researchers Advance COVID-19 Point-of-Care Technologies and Impact

  • By Ryann Monahan

Advances made by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are set to improve the ability to diagnose COVID-19 and other infectious diseases more quickly and at the point of care. The findings offer a new approach to viral detection that currently primarily rely on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – the current gold standard for detecting COVID-19. The work is a collaboration between researchers from Carle Illinois College of Medicine and The Grainger College […]