MRI image of the brain showing atrophy
February 21, 2022

Carle Illinois research reveals new insight into links between Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Loss

  • By Beth Hart

Researchers at Carle Illinois College of Medicine have uncovered new evidence about hearing loss in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). It pinpoints unexpected areas of brain shrinkage in AD patients with hearing loss. The work could eventually lead to earlier intervention and new treatment strategies to delay cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease patients. The research is led by Dan Llano, Carle Illinois associate professor of biomedical and translational science and physician at Carle Health in […]

7 Tesla MRI Brain Research Study
February 20, 2022

Illinois, Carle partnership kicks off intracranial hemorrhage research with state-of-the-art MRI

  • By Beth Hart

Researchers from Carle and the University of Illinois are tapping into their jointly owned and operated 7 Tesla MRI scanner to better understand patient treatment for intracranial hemorrhages. Carle Illinois College of Medicine Clinical Professor Wael Mostafa, a neurosurgeon and researcher at Carle Foundation Hospital, is the principal investigator behind a first-of-its-kind study that seeks to better understand intracranial hemorrhages, or acute bleeding in the brain. But Mostafa asserts that this research would not be […]

Epicap Capstone Innovations
January 19, 2022

New Seizure-monitoring Baseball Cap Innovated by Carle Illinois Students

  • By Beth Hart

A new seizure-monitoring baseball cap could help doctors diagnose patients with epilepsy more quickly and comprehensively. The innovation is called Epicap. It uses a small video camera built into the visor of the cap, to allow doctors to begin monitoring patients when seizures are suspected, rather than wait until they occur and are discovered in a traditional inpatient setting. Epicap was designed and prototyped by Carle Illinois students Kenny Leung and Jennifer Cortes, in collaboration […]

EEG Research
January 14, 2022

Carle Illinois Machine Learning System for EEG Analysis Wins IEEE Honors

  • By Beth Hart

A new machine learning system developed by a Carle Illinois College of Medicine student could unlock the vast amounts of untapped data found in a common neurological test. Carle Illinois student Sam Rawal (Class of 2024) collaborated with Yogatheesan Varatharajah, bioengineering research assistant professor, to engineer a solution called SCORE-IT. The system takes in an electroencephalogram (EEG) report without any structure and automatically extracts and standardizes the information. The team recently won ‘best paper’ honors […]

Carle Illinois Capstone Innovations 2022 - Bionic Knee
January 11, 2022

Carle Illinois Students Design Bionic Knee Brace to Empower Cerebral Palsy Patients

  • By Beth Hart

A new bionic knee brace designed by two future physician innovators at Carle Illinois College of Medicine could help cerebral palsy (CP) patients overcome muscle stiffness that limits their mobility. Cerebral palsy patients have decreased muscle strength and flexibility that hinders mobility and prevents even the most mobile cerebral palsy patients from exercising freely for extended periods of time. A new device designed by Carle Illinois College of Medicine students Dylan Mann and Shahnoor Amin […]