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September 24, 2021

Antibodies from original strain COVID-19 infection don’t bind to variants, study finds

  • By Ryann Monahan

People infected with the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 early in the pandemic produced a consistent antibody response, making two main groups of antibodies to bind to the spike protein on the virus’s outer surface. However, those antibodies don’t bind well to newer variants, a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found. Characterizing what kinds of antibodies the body is most likely to make to fight a natural infection is […]

September 9, 2021

Health Innovation Professor Bruce Fouke’s research featured in Scientific American September Issue

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Health Innovation Professor Bruce Fouke is offering a unique perspective on how biomineralization impacts health and disease in the Scientific American September 2021 Issue. The article “New Tool Shows Geology behind Kidney Stone Crystallization,” highlights Fouke’s discovery that kidney stones form similarly to many other stones in nature: they partially dissolve and re-form many times rather than crystallizing all at once. “That’s when we realized that stones are quite dynamic […]

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August 19, 2021

Carle Illinois’ Summer Outreach Programs Link Youth Scientists with World-Class Health Research, Mentors

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine is giving high school and college students from underrepresented groups exposure to research experience on health topics ranging from cancer and tissue engineering, to documenting the health effects of the COVID-19. Carle Illinois’ summer REACH program for undergraduate students and the SpHERES (Sparking High Schoolers’ Excitement for Research in Engineering and Science) provide learning and research opportunities to students from groups that are underrepresented in medicine, science, and engineering. The […]

August 12, 2021

Moussa Named Carle Illinois’ New Associate Dean for Research

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Dean King Li has announced the appointment of Issam D. Moussa, M.D., M.B.A., as Associate Dean for Research effective August 16, 2021. He succeeds Dr. Marty Burke, who is stepping down from the associate dean’s position to devote more time to his own research efforts. Dr. Moussa has served in leadership roles at Carle Health and Carle Illinois since 2018. As Associate Dean for Research, he will provide strategic leadership for policies and procedures related to research and innovation at Carle Illinois and will […]

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 […]

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June 24, 2021

Doing VR Right: Carle Illinois pairs case-based teaching with new technology to advance medical education

  • By Beth Hart

Virtual reality can improve student mastery of difficult medical concepts when VR is strategically incorporated into case-based teaching, according to new research by an academic team at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Teaching Associate Professor Roberto Galvez and a team of Carle Illinois faculty members set out to study the value of VR as a tool to improve medical student learning. “Everyone in higher education is talking about using VR for educational activities because it is […]

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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 […]

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 7, 2021

Machine learning helps spot gait problems in individuals with multiple sclerosis

  • By Beth Hart

Monitoring the progression of multiple sclerosis-related gait issues can be challenging in adults over 50 years old, requiring a clinician to differentiate between problems related to MS and other age-related issues. To address this problem, researchers are integrating gait data and machine learning to advance the tools used to monitor and predict disease progression. A new study of this approach led by University of Illinois Urbana Champaign graduate student Rachneet Kaur,  Carle Illinois College of […]

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 […]