UICOM News2019-07-10T10:49:46-05:00


Chicagoan gives $10M to UIC for outpatient surgery center

November 14, 2019 Rendering of the proposed outpatient surgery center, to be located at Taylor and Wood streets. With a $10 million donation to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bruno and Sallie Pasquinelli created the UIC Pasquinelli Outpatient Surgery Fund. The funds will be used to equip a new center for outpatient surgery at UI Health, UIC’s hospital and academic health enterprise. The new building, which will be located on the corner of Taylor and Wood streets, [...]

Four UIC leaders named ‘Notable Women in Health Care’

November 12, 2019 Terri Weaver, dean and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing; Dr. Joan Briller, professor of clinical medicine (cardiology and obstetrics and gynecology) at the UIC College of Medicine; Dr. Audrey Stillerman, associate director of medical affairs for the UIC Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships at UI Health Mile Square Health Center; and Rani Morrison, senior director of care continuum at UI Health, have been named to Crain’s Chicago [...]

2019 UIC Distinguished Professors

October 16, 2019 The UIC Distinguished Professorship recognizes scholarship, creativity and leadership. Faculty members are nominated by their peers and are selected by a committee that includes others who have received the honor. This year’s distinguished professors are: Guido Pauli, professor of pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy Pauli’s research interests include the metabolomic analysis of natural health products and discovering anti-tuberculosis drugs. In 2015, he helped land a $9 million grant from the National [...]

Excellence in Teaching: Richard Stringham

October 11, 2019 Each year, UIC honors some of its most dedicated and outstanding teachers with the Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winners, who receive a $5,000 salary increase, are selected by past recipients of the award from nominations made by departments and colleges. Years at UIC: 11 What does it mean to win an Excellence in Teaching Award? I am humbled to receive this prestigious award but I am most honored when I receive recognition directly [...]

UIC opens three new health care simulation centers

September 13, 2019 View the fact sheet This fall, the University of Illinois at Chicago celebrates the opening of three health care simulation centers. The facilities, which are run individually by the university’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy, use specially trained actors, advanced and computerized manikins of all ages, and simulated environments to help students and health care professionals practice clinical skills, communication and decision-making skills, and get hands-on training in medical diagnosis, treatment [...]

Craniofacial center to celebrate 70 years

September 3, 2019 UI Health Craniofacial Center’s Alma Moya and patient. The UI Health Craniofacial Center will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the center will host a multidisciplinary patient care symposium Sept. 6 at UIC Student Center West. The symposium will provide a snapshot of past, present and future state-of-the-art care for patients with clefts and other craniofacial conditions, and it will focus on the importance of team-based care. “The idea to provide multidisciplinary [...]

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 the transplant team, participating in planning meetings and attending patient rounds and lectures. The doctors are from Greece, Nigeria and Ukraine. They are working with [...]

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 immune cell found throughout the body. These cells can produce inflammation, which is good in moderation because inflammatory signals bring other immune cells to a [...]

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 for breathing. The disease has what is called a “focal onset,” where paralysis starts with an arm or a leg and spreads throughout the body [...]

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 often are denied the procedure because of poor outcomes, including high rates of incision infections, which are linked to an increased risk for failure and [...]

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