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Global transplant program welcomes international doctors to UIC

August 29, 2019 A team of doctors from around the globe is in Chicago to attend the 2nd GlobalBMT training course and learn more about blood and marrow transplant (BMT) from University of Illinois at Chicago specialists. The four doctors will spend eight weeks at UI Health, which is UIC’s clinical health enterprise, observing [...]

By |2019-09-19T11:02:07-05:00September 19th, 2019|COM News, COM Research, UICOM|Comments Off on Global transplant program welcomes international doctors to UIC

Critical Feedback, Mistreatment, and the Learning Environment

By Tim Lacy Working in the Office of Medical Student Learning Environment, I find it a good practice to draw a bright line between a person’s feelings about grades and evaluations, on the one hand, and their own assessment of a course’s or clerkship’s learning environment on the other. It’s important to separate questions of [...]

By |2019-07-31T14:11:30-05:00July 31st, 2019|DMSLE Notes|Comments Off on Critical Feedback, Mistreatment, and the Learning Environment

Boosting the anti-inflammatory action of the immune system

July 30, 2019 Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have identified a molecular switch that causes immune cells called macrophages to clean up cellular debris caused by infections instead of contributing to inflammation and tissue injury. Their findings are reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Macrophages are a type of [...]

By |2019-08-01T09:18:52-05:00July 30th, 2019|COM News, COM Research, UICOM|Comments Off on Boosting the anti-inflammatory action of the immune system

Researchers describe new ALS biomarkers, potential new drug targets

July 15, 2019 Different types of neurons and associated cells are found in spinal tissue from patients who died of ALS. Image: Fei Song. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disease that causes paralysis and ultimately death when the nerves enervating the lungs cease to carry the signals needed [...]

By |2019-07-18T08:58:33-05:00July 15th, 2019|COM News, COM Research, UICOM|Comments Off on Researchers describe new ALS biomarkers, potential new drug targets

Robotic pancreas transplant offers hope for obese patients with Type 1 diabetes

July 10, 2019 Left to right: Dr. Mario Spaggiari, Arlys Martinez and Dr. Enrico Benedetti. For patients with Type 1 diabetes who don’t respond well to insulin or have other serious medical complications caused by their disease, pancreas transplantation offers hope for a cure. But obese candidates who need a pancreas transplant [...]

By |2019-07-18T09:02:24-05:00July 10th, 2019|COM News, COM Research, UICOM|Comments Off on Robotic pancreas transplant offers hope for obese patients with Type 1 diabetes

UI COM mourns the passing of former Executive Dean Truman O. Anderson, Jr.

July 9, 2019 Dr. Truman O. Anderson Jr. Dr. Truman O. Anderson Jr., a longtime faculty member and administrator in the College of Medicine, died July 6 after suffering a stroke the previous week. He was 92. Anderson, a longtime resident of Oak Park, was a former professor and emeritus professor [...]

By |2019-07-12T10:15:37-05:00July 9th, 2019|COM News, UICOM|Comments Off on UI COM mourns the passing of former Executive Dean Truman O. Anderson, Jr.

‘Chaos’ in the home linked to poor asthma control in children

July 9, 2019 A chaotic household – one where things just don’t seem to run smoothly, there’s lots of noise, little gets taken care of in a timely manner, and where relaxation is difficult – as well as child and parent depression, are risk factors for worse asthma outcomes in urban minority children, [...]

By |2019-07-12T10:17:09-05:00July 9th, 2019|COM News, COM Research, UICOM|Comments Off on ‘Chaos’ in the home linked to poor asthma control in children

Docs should consider a patient’s weight before prescribing new chemotherapy drugs

July 1, 2019 A new class of cancer drugs just now entering the marketplace seems promising so far, but researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago urge doctors to take into account a patient’s weight and liver status before prescribing them. The drugs are known as PI3K inhibitors, and they dramatically decrease the activation [...]

By |2019-07-12T10:18:08-05:00July 2nd, 2019|COM News, COM Research, UICOM|Comments Off on Docs should consider a patient’s weight before prescribing new chemotherapy drugs

Researchers reveal key role of pressure-sensing protein in lung edema

June 11, 2019 Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago describe for the first time the role of a unique, pressure-sensing protein in the development of lung edema — a condition in which chronic high vascular pressure in the lungs causes fluid from the bloodstream to enter the air spaces of the lungs. The [...]

By |2019-07-12T10:19:07-05:00July 1st, 2019|COM News, COM Research, UICOM|Comments Off on Researchers reveal key role of pressure-sensing protein in lung edema

Ten UIC students selected for Schweitzer fellowships

June 27, 2019 Ten students from the University of Illinois at Chicago have been selected for the distinguished Schweitzer Fellowship, a year-long service learning program that helps address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities. Named in honor of humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, which is a program of [...]

By |2019-07-12T10:23:14-05:00June 27th, 2019|COM News, UICOM|Comments Off on Ten UIC students selected for Schweitzer fellowships
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