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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.


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    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

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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.

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    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 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.

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    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...

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    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...

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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...

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.  

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    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.

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    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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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...

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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. 

  • colorful rendering of antibodies attacking a COVID particle

    Machine-learning model can distinguish antibody targets

    A new University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign study shows that it is possible to use the genetic sequences of a person’s antibodies to predict what pathogens those antibodies will target. 

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    Lab results show promise for future pancreatic cancer treatment

    University of Illinois Chicago researchers have developed a compound that may one day offer hope for pancreatic cancer treatment.  

  • female student wearing Illini mask at desk in classroom

    K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools

    A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.