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  • Health fair flier

    Med student group launches health fair for underserved community

    Physician innovators from Carle Illinois College of Medicine are bringing free health screenings and resources within reach for people facing barriers to care, including central Illinois’ LatinX community.

  • childrens' hands pointing at computer viewed from above

    New AI institute focuses on children's speech language pathology needs

    The AI Institute for Exceptional Education will advance foundational AI technologies, human-centered AI design, and learning science that improves educational outcomes for young children. The institute will also focus on serving the millions of children nationwide who require speech and language services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  • A male and a female scientist pose in a laboratory

    New approach enhances muscle recovery in aged mice

    Scientists have developed a promising new method to combat the age-related losses in muscle mass that often accompany immobility after injury or illness. 

  • Graphic with tech-related icons and Chicago ARC logo

    New collaborative focuses on equity for those with chronic diseases

    Chicago ARC partners "aligned on a vision to create a community of health innovation in Chicago and across Illinois and the Midwest, accelerating community-relevant innovation, technology, and partnerships, as well as positioning the region as a global destination for innovators and startups looking to transform healthcare and impact society."

  • Illustration of molecule enzyme inhibitor

    New enzyme inhibitor shows promise for treating cancers, autoimmune diseases

    Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago have found a small molecule capable of manipulating an immune process that plays an important role in cancers and autoimmune diseases. 

  • A smiling young man with a smiling toddler on his shoulders

    New Family First Act Summit gathers state agencies, helpful partners

    “The Family First Act allows Illinois to invest more resources into addiction treatment, mental health services and parental skill building that will help strengthen families so children can remain safely at home,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

  • white and blue brainscan images

    New insight into links between Alzheimer's Disease and hearing loss

    Researchers at Carle Illinois College of Medicine have uncovered new evidence about hearing loss in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The work could eventually lead to earlier intervention and new treatment strategies to delay cognitive decline.

  • Kelly Rosenberger headshot

    New mobile health unit for underserved teens in Illinois

    The UIC College of Nursing has secured a $3.1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to run a mobile health unit for underserved teens in Illinois. 

  • Male professor and female grad student pose in lab

    New molecule targets, images and treats lung cancer tumors in mice

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a finely tuned molecular agent that can target lung and other cancer cells for imaging and treatment.

  • Peoria at night

    New Peoria Innovation Hub to be part of statewide network

    The Peoria Innovation Hub will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve the wellness of underserved populations and advance systems related to food, farming, and transportation. More...

  • Rani Morrison

    New position helps sharpen UI Health's focus on community health equity

    Rani Morrison, chief diversity and community health equity officer at UI Health recently spoke to Healthcare Innovation about patient engagement and data gathering efforts under way.

  • Gloved hand of researcher holds two dark brown mice

    Newsweek: How scientists successfully reversed Alzheimer's in mice

    Lead author Professor Orly Lazarov of the University of Illinois Chicago says, "Taken together, our results suggest augmenting neurogenesis may be of therapeutic value."

  • pile of sugar on table

    New treatment for pulmonary fibrosis using sugar-coated nanoparticles

    UIC scientists have developed a treatment for pulmonary fibrosis by using nanoparticles coated in mannose — a type of sugar — to stop a population of lung cells called macrophages that contribute to lung tissue scarring.

  • Three professional women sitting at table

    Oncology dietitians rarely ask cancer patients about food insecurity, study finds

    Although studies suggest that many cancer patients experience food insecurity, few oncology dietitians routinely ask them if they are having problems affording or obtaining food, new UIUC research has found.

  • shadow of adults holding hands with child in the city

    OSF & UIC award Community Health Advocacy grants

    OSF HealthCare is partnering with UIC to award eight grants totaling more than $700,000 to support projects that remove barriers to care, particularly in low-income, under-resourced communities; enhance health and wellness education, and leverage technology to improve training and community outreach.

  • Dr. Lauren Forsythe holds Duchess the cat, and Dr. Alex Gochenauer holds Loki the corgi in the Illinois Veterinary Hospital Medication Dispensary

    Pawsitively Collaborative: A new partnership in veterinary pharmacy

    A new veterinary pharmacy residency program serves as an example of the collaborations that unite University of Illinois System entities around advancing health and other missions.

  • masked man in car rearview mirror awaiting testing

    Pop-up testing clinics for Rantoul ag workers

    An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is working with clinicians and community researchers to expand access to COVID-19 testing by providing pop-up testing clinics for agricultural workers and others at various locations in Rantoul, Illinois.

  • female student in cap and gown on UIUC campus

    Preparing students for medical careers through human nutrition program

    Lauren Moy forged her path to the UIC College of Pharmacy by way of an undergraduate human nutrition concentration at the College of ACES at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • smiling adult male with arm around smiling adult female

    Preparing youth with disabilities for adulthood

    The UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children sponsors an annual conference to help prepare Illinois families for the transition of their children with special health needs to adulthood.

  • UIS child protection training academy simulation house

    Preventing child fatalities and training the workforce

    The UIS Child Protection Training Academy has trained close to 1,000 DCFS child protection investigators over the last five years. The model has been expanded to Chicago and will soon be replicated at Southern Illinois University.

  • Male medical student with Peoria in backdrop

    Program helps fill need for rural doctors

    Programs at University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford and University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria are part of the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program, to help fill the need for rural doctors in Illinois.

  • Liliane Windsor in coat and scarf outdoors

    Project helps East St. Louis residents overcome barriers to COVID-19 testing, vaccination

    A project co-led by UIUC that is underway in East St. Louis, Illinois, is investigating strategies for overcoming barriers to COVID-19 testing and vaccination among more than 548 medically and socially vulnerable residents of St. Clair County.

  • Man with handlebar mustache in office with test tubes

    Researchers identify biomarker for depression

    Researchers led by Mark Rasenick, University of Illinois Chicago distinguished professor of physiology and biophysics and psychiatry, have identified a biomarker in human platelets that tracks the extent of depression.

  • masked diverse students sitting around table with fliers

    Researchers to combat systemic racism in access to nature

    Researchers from the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism in the College of Applied Health Sciences at UIUC plan to give a formal evaluation of efforts by the Urbana Park District to increase acceess to nature and recreation opportunites among diverse residents.

  • Prof. Xue-Jun LI poses in medical lab

    Rockford professors on cutting edge with Parkinson's research

    Researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford have discovered what they describe as promising results in their search for a treatment to stop nerve cell degeneration that occurs in disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and hereditary spastic paraplegia.

  • Portrait of Hana Hinkle, College of Medicine Rockford director, on rural background

    Rural health education center in Illinois gains $6.5M

    The National Center for Rural Health Professions at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine Rockford will receive nearly $6.5 million over the next five years to fund the Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network program.

  • The front of a UICOMP building in Peoria

    Rural Student Physician Program aims to attract doctors to underserved areas

    The decline of professionals practicing medicine in rural America isn't a new one, and rural hospitals around Illinois and the nation are eliminating services or closing altogether amid staffing and financial difficulties. The Rural Student Physician Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria is working to solve this problem.

  • Scientists in the lab in white coats processing samples

    Saliva test being expanded in Champaign-Urbana community

    OSF HealthCare announced a new partnership with the University of Illinois Tuesday that will expand the U of I’s saliva-based COVID-19 test into the broader Champaign-Urbana community.

  • red spiky ball rendering of COVID molecule

    Sampling sewer water for COVID-19 in the C-U community

    Illinois State Water Survey researchers have been sampling sewer water to look for traces of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at the neighborhood level in Champaign-Urbana to help monitor the spread of the disease.

  • woman assisting another in a vaccine clinic

    SHIELD CU helping raise vaccination rates among people of color

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's SHIELD CU team is partnering with local organizations to help boost COVID-19 vaccine rates in Champaign County's community of color.

  • Downtown Chicago

    SHIELD Illinois opens two additional free COVID testing sites in Chicago

    SHIELD Illinois opened two additional free community testing sites in Chicago this month, bringing its total number of locations statewide to 44. These newly opened community sites increase access to COVID testing in underserved communities. 

  • inside view of a coal mine

    Silica exposure is a driving force behind rising rates of black lung disease

    Silica exposure is a driving force behind rising rates of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, according to a new study published by occupational health experts at the University of Illinois Chicago and their collaborators.

  • Martin Burke and Stella Ekaputri in office

    Small molecule transports iron in mice, human cells to treat some forms of anemia

    UIUC researchers were part of a team that found a small molecule, hinokitiol, ferries iron out of liver cells lacking the protein that normally does the job and restores hemoglobin and red blood cell production.  

  • hand holding mobile phone

    SMS intervention for Type 2 diabetes in underserved communities

    A team of UIC experts in Rockford, Illinois, will launch and study a text message-based intervention for Type 2 diabetes in underserved communities, thanks to a $30,000 grant award from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund.  

  • UI Health staff outside clinic

    South Shore clinic expands COVID-19 testing

    UI Health Mile Square Health Center — a network of federally qualified health centers, or FQHCs, in Chicago — is now providing COVID-19 testing to community members on the South Side who meet testing criteria at its South Shore clinic, located at 7037 S. Stony Island Ave.

  • exterior of the UI Health Specialty Care Building

    Specialty Care Building at UI Health opening up access to care, jobs

    The newest clinical building on the University of Illinois Chicago’s health sciences campus will open to patients Sept. 26. Leadership from UIC and its health system, UI Health, marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting event outside the $194 million building Sept. 14. 

  • COVID test processing in lab

    State invests big in COVID tests for schools

    In an effort to ensure in-person learning can fully resume as quickly and safely as possible, the Illinois Department of Public Health today announced a $225 million investment to expand access to covidSHIELD saliva-based testing, developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to middle and high schools across the state at low or no cost. 

  • Professor Brian Monson in a soundproof room

    Study compares third-trimester sound exposures in fetuses, premature infants

    The study is the first to compare sound exposures of fetuses in the last 16 weeks of pregnancy with their age-matched premature peers. The analysis reveals profound differences in their exposures to noise, language, and the biological sounds of the mother, with implications for the infants’ development.

  • Professor Keith Jaronsinski in front of block I banner

    Study explores unusual interaction between viruses, live vaccines

    A study of a herpes virus that infects chickens offers new insights into potentially problematic interactions between vaccines made from live viruses and the viruses they are meant to thwart.

  • child drawing with crayons

    Studying access to early childhood education in Illinois

    UIC researchers, supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will examine feedback from families who are living with the effects of their child’s expulsion. More...

  • Allen Barton posing leaning on a railing

    Study links insulin resistance, advanced cell aging with childhood poverty

    Black adolescents who lived in poverty as children and were pessimistic about their future had accelerated immune cell aging and greater levels of insulin resistance in their mid- to late twenties, according to a study by Allen W. Barton, a UIUC professor of human development and family studies.

  • two female researchers in lab

    Team identifies compound with potent antiseizure effects

    UIUC researchers studying epileptic seizures of the temporal lobe – the most common type of epilepsy – discovered a compound that reduces seizures in the hippocampus, a brain region where many such seizures originate.

  • professor Kai Zhang

    Technique helps bring cell powerhouses back into balance

    Researchers at UIUC developed a technique using light to regulate mitochondria. The technique could be used as a treatment for cancer and other diseases.

  • Sarah Isaacs, the librarian of the Early Intervention Clearinghouse, and research information specialist Jill Tompkins show some of the tablet computers and Wi-Fi hotspots available for loan

    Technology loan program helps families

    A technology loan program provided by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse at UIUC is helping many families across the state obtain the equipment they need to participate in live video – or telehealth – visits with their children’s therapists.

  • firefighter

    Training community firefighters

    As the statutory fire academy for Illinois, the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) serves firefighters throughout Illinois and beyond with coursework and hands-on training at regional centers throughout the state. More...

  • HUD presents check to UIC

    Two projects to help communities with lead-elimination

    UIC received $1.7 million in research funding from HUD to study lead and other household health hazards. The funds will support two different projects in Illinois communities. More...

  • UIC leaders cut a red ribbon in front of building

    UIC celebrates new 55th & Pulaski Health Collaborative

    Leaders from the University of Illinois Chicago and the 55th & Pulaski Health Collaborative celebrated the opening of its comprehensive clinical care center in Chicago’s Gage Park and West Elsdon communities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 20. 

  • A diverse group of enthusiastic students collaborate outside around a laptop with a University of Illinois Chicago sticker on the lid

    UIC grant will increase public health ‘boots on the ground’ in underserved areas

    Health disparities prompted the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to award the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health $1.5 million in scholarship funds from the American Rescue Plan. 

  • monarch butterfly on flower

    UIC leads largest nationwide effort to protect the monarch butterfly

    Since 2017, the University of Illinois at Chicago has partnered with more than 45 energy companies and transportation agencies to develop the first nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances to engage in important conservation actions to protect the monarch butterfly.

  • woman working at desk inside clinic

    UIC Nursing clinic improves sexual health in LGBTQ+ community

    One year after opening, a UIC College of Nursing and UI Health clinic based at Center on Halsted has brought HIV prevention and STI treatment services to more than 100 of the center’s LGBTQ+ community members.