blog posts UIC medical students, doctors form Mobile Migrant Health Team Aug 7, 2023 2:15 pm Since the first week of May, more than 3,000 migrants have received medical attention from the UIC student-driven group, which has volunteered at nearly a dozen Chicago police stations where migrants are being sheltered. Program helps fill need for rural doctors Sep 1, 2022 3:30 pm 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. Bringing more healthcare services to Southwest Side Sep 28, 2021 3:45 pm With approval from the Board of Trustees to purchase a recently closed clinical building at 5525 S. Pulaski Road, the UIC and UI Health will move forward with plans to increase access to comprehensive health care in Chicago’s Gage Park and West Elsdon communities. Compound found in fruit flies could lead to new antibiotics Jun 14, 2023 11:15 am UIC scientists have found that a peptide from fruit flies could lead to new antibiotics. The natural peptide, called drosocin, protects the insect from bacterial infections by binding to ribosomes in bacteria. Rockford professors on cutting edge with Parkinson's research Mar 8, 2022 9:45 am 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. Federal center for farmworker health and safety to open in Chicago Sep 13, 2022 10:30 am UIC will receive $6 million from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to establish the newest Agricultural Safety and Health Center in the U.S. The new center, called the Great Lakes Center for Farmworker Health and Wellbeing, will be housed at the UIC School of Public Health. New treatment for pulmonary fibrosis using sugar-coated nanoparticles Apr 7, 2022 10:15 am 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. UIC researcher examines effects of cannabis on adolescent brains Mar 27, 2023 10:30 am Professor Kuei Tseng is one of the country’s foremost neuroscientists, and his lab rats are aiding our understanding of the long-term effects of cannabis on the teen brain. Child Protection Training Academy Aug 19, 2019 2:00 pm The Child Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) trains case workers and investigators to better spot and report kids who might be in danger. More... Healthcare leaders protect homeless during pandemic Sep 9, 2020 3:15 pm Chicago nonprofits, shelters, city and healthcare leaders, including UI Health, have come together to address the problems those experiencing homelessness are facing while protecting public health. Newsweek: How scientists successfully reversed Alzheimer's in mice Aug 24, 2022 2:30 pm Lead author Professor Orly Lazarov of the University of Illinois Chicago says, "Taken together, our results suggest augmenting neurogenesis may be of therapeutic value." New position helps sharpen UI Health's focus on community health equity Jan 28, 2022 9:45 am 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. App developed to detect perinatal depression in mothers of color Feb 23, 2022 9:30 am An innovative app from UIC combines cutting edge technology, enhanced mental health outreach efforts and new opportunities to identify blood biomarkers for depression in an effort to help mothers of color from low-income communities identify, manage and treat perinatal depression at no cost. Specialty Care Building at UI Health opening up access to care, jobs Sep 20, 2022 1:00 pm 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. Rural health education center in Illinois gains $6.5M Oct 10, 2022 8:00 am 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. UICOM students volunteer time, effort to meet migrants' health needs Jun 26, 2023 10:15 am The volunteers have been making the rounds across Chicago, screening asylum-seeking migrants at temporary housing locations for public health concerns, and also providing immediate and preventative medical care. New Family First Act Summit gathers state agencies, helpful partners Nov 4, 2022 10:45 am “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. CRISPR-Cas13 targets proteins causing ALS, Huntington's disease in mice Jan 21, 2022 2:00 pm A new study by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers used a targeted CRISPR technique in the central nervous systems of mice to turn off production of mutant proteins that can cause ALS and Huntington’s disease. Marketing study finds effects of racism on sickle cell patients, adopting new treatments Feb 13, 2023 11:15 am University of Illinois Chicago researchers in the College of Business Administration analyzed how racism and discrimination in health care affect the adoption of innovative medical technologies. Helping prevent postpartum depression in Black women Jun 2, 2021 12:45 pm The Sunnyside for Moms app created by researchers at University of Illinois Chicago aims to help pregnant women of color who are shoing signs of depression but haven't reached the point of clinical depression. Awards recognize UIUC excellence in public engagement Jul 10, 2020 8:45 am The Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement spotlight faculty members and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have consistently applied their knowledge and expertise to issues for the public good. Carle Illinois students earn grant to improve local healthcare access Dec 12, 2022 8:15 am Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CI MED) students received the Family Medicine Cares USA existing clinic award grant from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Gov. Pritzker commits $500 million to IIN and DPI Feb 12, 2020 2:45 pm The State of Illinois is moving forward with $500 million in capital funding for the University of Illinois System’s Illinois Innovation Network and Discovery Partners Institute – a network of research and innovation hubs that will serve as a magnet for technology and talent. More... UIC celebrates new 55th & Pulaski Health Collaborative Jun 9, 2022 8:45 am 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. New enzyme inhibitor shows promise for treating cancers, autoimmune diseases Oct 26, 2022 2:00 pm 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. Preparing students for medical careers through human nutrition program Nov 17, 2021 9:15 am 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. Are older women being over-screened for cervical cancer? Dec 2, 2022 2:45 pm A new UIC study suggests that women over the age of 65 may be undergoing unnecessary cervical cancer screenings and that more public health data is needed on the utilization of cervical cancer screening-associated services among older women to prevent potential harm and unnecessary costs. Donation to help DPI develop more inclusive tech talent Dec 15, 2020 1:15 pm A $10 million gift will establish the Pritzker Tech Talent Labs at DPI, which will help Illinois workers better adapt to a challenging and quickly changing economy, and help thousands of women and people of color secure high-paying tech jobs. Collaboration brings innovative healthcare to the South Side Feb 14, 2022 3:15 pm Faculty and students at the UIC College of Nursing have partnered with the Southside Health Advocacy Resource Partnership to improve the health of South Side Chicago communities. Award-winning breakthrough tech senses viruses like smoke detector Jun 5, 2023 3:00 pm Two University of Illinois Chicago scientists have collaborated on a device that could detect SARS-CoV-2, influenza, RSV and other pathogens. The technology, called BioAerium, could dramatically improve disease surveillance for public health as well as research on how viral particles move through the air. A dynamic duo of cells identified in lung blood vessels Jun 15, 2022 10:30 am Findings from a UIC study identifying two subtypes of blood vessel cells could lead to better treatments for lung infections, which can be dangerously exacerbated by unchecked inflammation. Improving health and wellness in urban communities Jul 28, 2021 2:45 pm Peoria, Illinois-based OSF HealthCare is partnering with the University of Illinois Chicago to establish the Community Health Advocacy (CHA) applied research program to address health and wellness challenges in urban communities. Grant to foster health equity among Chicago youth Aug 25, 2021 9:45 am A new grant will help reduce disparities in healthcare through a unique new training program led by Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Ruby Mendenhall. UIC partners with IDHFS for plan to transform healthcare Nov 23, 2021 12:45 pm 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. Preventing child fatalities and training the workforce Feb 10, 2021 1:45 pm 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. UIUC team finds soybean protein that blocks 'bad' LDL cholesterol production Mar 6, 2023 12:30 pm Consuming soy flour rich in the protein B-conglycinin has the potential to reduce LDL cholesterol levels and lower the risk of metabolic diseases, such as atherosclerosis and fatty liver disease. UIC Nursing program now available in six campuses across Illinois (video) Apr 18, 2023 12:45 pm From its roots in Chicago, the UIC College of Nursing is now educating nurse leaders in five additional cities throughout Northern and Central Illinois, including Urbana. FarmDocs program gives med students dose of agricultural life May 8, 2023 10:00 am Because rural life can be foreign to many first-year medical students who hail from urban areas, the program exposes students to topics like farm safety, delivery of health care in a rural setting, and specific stresses in the farming community. Mitochondrial proteins protect heart cells from chemotherapy damage Jul 24, 2023 1:45 pm University of Illinois Chicago researchers have found that when heart cells are put under stress from certain types of chemotherapy drugs, some enzymes move from the cell's mitochondria into its nucleus, where they are able to keep the cells alive. Instructors benefit from UIS course on teaching online Jul 29, 2020 2:00 pm The University of Illinois Springfield ION Professional eLearning Program’s Overview of Online Instruction course is helping Illinois higher education professors and K-12 teachers to better teach online during the pandemic. Immunotherapy trials show promise for treating canine melanoma Aug 11, 2022 10:15 am Two clinical trials at the U of I College of Veternariy Medicine are showing promise for treating canine malignant melanoma. Human trials using the same therapeutic platforms are expected to begin in 2023. New mobile health unit for underserved teens in Illinois Sep 20, 2022 12:00 pm 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. HIV, AIDS training center at UIC goes national with help of $3M grant Oct 26, 2022 2:15 pm The Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center at the University of Illinois Chicago will expand its services nationwide with the help of a new $3 million grant. Center dedicated to improving worker health awarded $7 million Jan 10, 2022 3:30 pm Public health experts at UIC will continue efforts to improve the health of low-wage workers, thanks to a five-year, $7 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Rural Student Physician Program aims to attract doctors to underserved areas Feb 6, 2023 11:30 am 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. Studying access to early childhood education in Illinois Feb 10, 2020 2:45 pm 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... U of I System receives FDA authorization for covidSHIELD test process Mar 1, 2021 1:15 pm 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. UIC team creates new fatty acid that could reduce vision loss Apr 3, 2023 10:15 am Researchers at University of Illinois Chicago developed an omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid, which they say can cross into the retina of an eye to reduce visual declines among people with Alzheimer’s disease. With $13M grant, UIC scientists will study lung inflammation mechanisms Apr 10, 2023 11:45 am The researchers hope to find new, more effective treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, pulmonary fibrosis, and acute respiratory distress disorder, a common and serious complication of COVID-19. UIC leads largest nationwide effort to protect the monarch butterfly May 5, 2020 9:45 am 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.