Saif Lab Research
May 5, 2021

Carle Illinois, CCIL Scientist Develops High-Res Sensors to Investigate Cancer Cell Activity

  • By Beth Hart

Urbana, Ill. – When Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor Taher Saif, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, joined the University of Illinois over two decades ago, he thought he would use his skills to help people – by improving their vehicles and cell phones. But just a few years later, he realized his expertise could be put towards another cause: fighting cancer. Saif spent his early career in applied mathematics, where his lab work focused […]

Drs. Bashir and Smith
May 5, 2021

RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW TECHNIQUE TO STUDY “MICROCANCERS” AND SCREEN CANCER-FIGHTING DRUGS

  • By Beth Hart

A team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Mayo Clinic have developed a new technique for creating “microcancer” cell cultures. It allows researchers to form hundreds of microcancers in a high-throughput format using a small, microfabricated chip, enabling direct measurement of cell health or response to drugs. It also allows researchers to control the shape of the culture using capillary forces and thus create cultures that more closely resemble in-vivo cells’ three-dimensional […]

National Academy of Science Award Winners for 2021
April 27, 2021

Carle Illinois professor among three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Physics professor Nadya Mason, chemistry professor Ralph Nuzzo, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine and chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk are among 120 newly elected U.S. members – 59 of whom are women, the most elected in a single year – and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in […]

April 26, 2021

Carle Illinois faculty member wins Beckman Institute’s 2021 Vision and Spirit Award

  • By Beth Hart

Martha Gillette, director of the Neuroscience Program, Alumni Professor of cell and developmental biology, and Carle Illinois professor, has been named the Beckman Institute’s 2021 winner of the Vision and Spirit Award. The annual award, which includes $150,000 in research funding, was created to honor Beckman Institute Founder Arnold Beckman by recognizing a faculty member who has fostered collaboration in their research and exemplifies Beckman’s vision. Beckman and his wife, Mabel, gave $40 million to […]

April 20, 2021

IDEA Symposium highlights Carle Illinois students’ innovative solutions

  • By Ryann Monahan

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine IDEA Symposium features students’ innovative ideas to combine medicine and engineering to find solutions to problems in and transform healthcare. Carle Illinois’ IDEA Projects allow medical students to harness their peak creativity through Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Analysis (IDEA) projects. The students generate new ideas to improve health care challenges during each clinical clerkship. The first annual IDEA Symposium was held April 15, 2021. A recap of the event […]

Rohit Bhargava and Georgina Cheng at CCIL view images of cancer cells
April 20, 2021

CCIL and Carle Collaborate on Cancer Management Project

  • By Beth Hart

Traditionally, someone in a lab will embed tissue in paraffin, pour dye and view it under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present. However, researchers in bioengineering and medicine at Carle Health are going further and looking at the microenvironment, or molecular chemistry of the cancer cells to understand cancer progression. By measuring the molecular makeup of cancer cells and their effect on the surrounding cells and tissues, that information can provide insight […]

April 16, 2021

Vaccine Advocacy PSA from Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • By Ryann Monahan

 Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are helping answer questions about and advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine through a new vaccine public service announcement (PSA). A Spanish version of the vaccine advocacy PSA can be found on YouTube and Illinois Media Space.

Shield Playbook Feature Image
April 14, 2021

K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemic

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As vaccines for the virus that causes COVID-19 become more accessible, more communities and schools are reopening. However, no vaccines have been approved for children under 16 to date, leaving school districts with many questions to navigate as they reopen […]

April 5, 2021

Microscope that detects individual viruses could power rapid diagnostics, according to study led by Carle Illinois professor

  • By Beth Hart

A fast, low-cost technique to see and count viruses or proteins from a sample in real time, without any chemicals or dyes, could underpin a new class of devices for rapid diagnostics and viral load monitoring, including HIV and the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign described the technique, called Photonic Resonator Interferometric Scattering Microscopy, or PRISM, in the journal Nature Communications. “We have developed a new form of microscopy […]

March 18, 2021

Health experts address rise in attacks against Asians in the U.S.

  • By Beth Hart

The alarming rise in racism, violence, and harassment against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), exacerbated this past year by the COVID-19 pandemic, is leaving short- and long-term impacts on public health in its wake. Over 3,000 cases of COVID-19-related hate and violence against individuals of Asian descent have been reported in the United States since March 2020, according to Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles. Carle Illinois College of Medicine explores the recent discrimination and attacks, […]