December 18, 2020

Company co-founded by Carle Illinois faculty member secures $25 million to advance promising new cystic fibrosis treatment

  • By Charlie Simpson

A research team led by Marty Burke, associate dean of research at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, in collaboration with Mike Welsh and his team at the University of Iowa, has developed a new treatment that potentially could help all people with cystic fibrosis (CF), regardless of genetic mutation. cystetic Medicines, a new company founded by Burke and Welsh recently secured $25 million in financing to develop the treatment into a transformative new therapy for […]

December 18, 2020

Antifungal drug improves key cystic fibrosis biomarkers in clinical study

  • By Liz Ahlberg Touchstone

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A drug widely used to treat fungal infections improved key biomarkers in lung tissue cultures as well as in the noses of patients with cystic fibrosis, a clinical study by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Iowa found. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a missing or defective ion channel in the lining of the lungs, called CFTR. This leaves patients vulnerable to lung infections. Treatments called modulators […]

December 17, 2020

Expanding Innovation in the Face of Adversity: 2021 Health Make-A-Thon

  • By Beth Hart

Whether it’s a worldwide pandemic or a profound personal experience, health innovators find fuel to spark their ideas for improving lives around the world. The goal of Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Health Make-A-Thon is to democratize health innovation by challenging trained specialists and ‘citizen scientists’ alike to pitch their best solution to address broad-based health and wellness problems. “The Health Make-a-Thon is a welcome mat thrown out to the community to say, ‘Level playing […]

December 9, 2020

Fall 2020 Health Make-A-Thon Addresses Racism as a Health Crisis and Inspires Action

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students and community members explored innovative solutions to address racism as a health crisis during the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s fall Health Make-A-Thon.  Eight teams participated in the annual event held Saturday, December 5, 2020. The event gave a voice to a wide range of proposals, from culturally inclusive clothing for healthcare workers, to developing an app linking health consumers with health advocates to overcome barriers in healthcare delivery […]

November 9, 2020

Carle Illinois Pursues Multi-Faceted Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

  • By Charlie Simpson

Manaka Sato has experience navigating barriers. Born in Japan and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, she is the translator for her mother, who doesn’t speak English. “I’ve seen firsthand the many disconnects between patients and healthcare providers when there are language barriers and communication difficulties,” she says. Bara Saadah knows about barriers, too. Growing up, he had a strong interest in science, but the son of Arab immigrants had little exposure to the […]

May 15, 2020

Applying Engineering and Spanish for Innovation in Medicine

  • By Kara Sauder
March 9, 2020

Health Make-a-Thon 2020 Postponed

  • By Rebecca Schultz
December 20, 2018

Novel imaging technique brings diagnostic potential into operating room

  • By Kara Sauder

A team of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers led by Carle Illinois interim executive associate dean Stephen Boppart has successfully visualized the tumor microenvironment of human breast tissue shortly after it was surgically removed from a patient in the operating room. The researchers achieved this using a new portable optical imaging system developed in Boppart’s lab. This work, which was reported in a paper published online December 19 in Science Advances, marks a major […]

October 29, 2018

Novel quantum dots enhance cell imaging

  • By Kara Sauder
November 13, 2017

Stem cells from muscle could address diabetes-related circulation problems

  • By Libby Kacich