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  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

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    UIC partners with IDHFS for plan to transform healthcare

    The UIC School of Public Health is working with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services on a plan to tackle healthcare disparities across the state.

  • Covered foil tins of food stacked on rolling cart

    UIC recognized for recovering food for homeless

    In the fall of 2020, volunteers with UIC’s Food Recovery Network (FRN) chapter collected 7,589 pounds of food and donated it to area homeless shelters. UIC has been recognized for the achievement of the most recovered pounds by any FRN chapter nationwide in the Fall of 2020.

  • child drawing on sidewalk with colorful chalk

    UIC to create kindergarten readiness website

    Educational researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago have received a $100,000 grant to help fund the creation of an online kindergarten readiness website for teachers and family.

  • Scientists in the lab in white coats processing samples

    UIC to participate in NIH phase two clinical trial on additional boosters

    The University of Illinois Chicago will participate in a National Institutes of Health phase two clinical trial evaluating additional COVID-19 booster shots for adults.

  • healthcare worker swabbing nostril of patient

    UIC to research long COVID-19 with $22 million from NIH

    A team of University of Illinois Chicago researchers is projected to receive approximately $22 million from the National Institutes of Health over four years to research long COVID-19. 

  • Lorraine Brown with arms in air and mask on celebrating vaccination

    UIC works with Chicago to deliver vaccinations to city's most vulnerable

    The University of Illinois Chicago along with Protect Chicago Plus have partnered to provide 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to residents in the Englewood neighborhood, with plans to expand to other city areas with vulnerable populations

  • UIC student administering vaccine

    UI Health leads Chicago in providing vaccines for phase 1B

    The first day it opened a community COVID-19 vaccination site UIC and UI Health administered more than 1,600 shots to phase 1A and phase 1B eligible people, representing nearly a quarter of all vaccine doses (23%) distributed in Chicago on that day.


  • UIS collonade

    UIS and ILBCF host webinar on equitable and inclusive healthcare

    The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF) and the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) will convene its fifth speaker series session, with the latest event focused on equity and inclusion in our health care system in Illinois.

  • Mom at computer with child at table

    UIS helping private and community colleges and state agencies transition to remote learning

    The University of Illinois Springfield Center For Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) is helping Illinois private and community colleges and state agencies transition to remote learning as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  • nurse taking vitals on patient

    UIS offers free public webinar series on community health

    As part of the Springfield Innovation Hub, UIS and the Community Health Roundtable have launched a new webinar series on community health with immediate focus on the impact of COVID-19.

  • MRI machine

    UIUC, Carle partner to launch brain study

    Thanks to a collaboration between Carle and the University of Illinois, the first-of-its-kind Champaign-Urbana Population Study will be conducted to collect information about the brain’s structure and function across a diverse group of volunteers.

  • group of researchers outside on steps

    UIUC scientist developing drug delivery method with bioengineered microbes

    An Illinois research team is developing a method of producing and delivering monoclonal antibody treatments for breast cancer through commensal microbes in the gut. If successful, this approach could increase accessibility and dramatically decrease the cost of monoclonal antibodies.

  • kids at daycare

    U of I at Urbana-Champaign helping families across the state

    Here's just 10 ways the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is helping kids and families across the state. More...

  • Close up of test tubes in lab

    U of I System receives FDA authorization for covidSHIELD test process

    The University of Illinois System received emergency use authorization (EUA) today from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for covidSHIELD, its innovative saliva-based COVID-19 test that was used on the U of I campuses to hold the virus in check by utilizing widespread testing with rapid results. 

  • saliva testing on Urbana campus - glove with test tube

    U of I to expand COVID saliva testing nationally

    The U of I System has embarked on a broad effort to expand the reach of saliva-based testing pioneered by U of I researchers that supports widespread testing with rapid results to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Anna Lopez works on laptop and mobile phone at desk

    Volunteers help Chicago residents without internet connect to COVID-19 vaccines

    A UIC computer science student created a volunteer group on Facebook aimed at helping individuals from Chicago's Black and brown communities book vaccine appointments online.

  • Students at table on laptops

    Working to improve rural healthcare

    UIC Medicine students in the rural healthcare program in Rockford are preparing to make a difference in healthcare in rural communities in Illinois and across the country.