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


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 the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, encourages students to become lifelong leaders in service by helping to address unmet health needs among vulnerable Chicagoland residents. [...]

A drug to boost cardiac arrest survival

Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek, professor and head, emergency medicine, UIC College of Medicine and chief medical officer, UI Health. A new four-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, together with colleagues from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Houston, to evaluate the efficacy of two drugs that have the potential to vastly improve survival and cognitive outcomes in people who experience sudden [...]

US Surgeon General to speak Friday at UIC during opioid conference

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, October 18, 2018 at UIC (Photo: UIC/Elizabeth Monge) June 6, 2019 Addiction, pain medicine and public policy experts will discuss modern strategies for managing opioid use, abuse and overdose at the “Addressing Chicagoland’s Opioid Crisis: A Healthcare Response” conference on June 7 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will address the conference attendees. WHAT: The “Addressing Chicagoland’s Opioid Crisis” [...]

New neurons form in the brain into the tenth decade of life, even in people with Alzheimer’s

May 24, 2019 New neurons continue to be formed in the hippocampus into the tenth decade of life, even in people with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease (Illustration: Orly Lazarov, et al.) In a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, researchers examining post-mortem brain tissue from people ages 79 to 99 found that new neurons continue to form well into old age. The study provides evidence that this occurs even in people with cognitive impairment and [...]

NGOs can help provide meds for Venezuelan refugees with HIV living in Colombia

May 20, 2019 The authors of a new white paper call for greater involvement of non-governmental organizations to address the HIV crisis among Venezuelan refugees living in Colombia. The lead authors of the paper, Dr. Stevan Weine, director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Global Health, and Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of MedGlobal, a non-profit that provides health care to people affected by global humanitarian crises, say that local hospitals in Colombia don’t have enough HIV drugs [...]

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The 2019 Healthy Start grant will allow UIC to focus on improving health outcomes in three Chicago neighborhoods (Illustration: UI Health/Hoss Fatemi) May 13, 2019 The University of Illinois at Chicago will launch a new effort to reduce the health disparities experienced by women and babies living in historically underserved and marginalized communities, thanks to a $4.7 million Healthy Start grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA. Efforts will include leveraging community health workers, social [...]

Celebrating UIC grads

May 13, 2019 It was a send-off adorned with decorated caps, applause and glowing smiles — a milestone for UIC and its growing class of alumni, which welcomed new members by the thousands. On May 8 through 13, UIC celebrated the years of hard work carried out by bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree recipients during 14 commencement ceremonies at [...]

Two UIC students named Goldwater Scholars

May 9, 2019 A Syrian immigrant developing methods to address diabetic eye disease and an aspiring public health physician-scientist from Skokie are the latest University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduate researchers to earn a prestigious Goldwater scholarship based on their academic merit in the field of science. Anis Barmada, a junior in biological sciences and chemistry, and Wasan Kumar, a sophomore in neuroscience, are among 496 scholars selected from a nationally competitive field of 1,223 mathematics, science and engineering students [...]

UIC to lead national COPD clinical trial

May 9, 2019 Illustration: UIC Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design/Naumita Pereira The University of Illinois at Chicago will lead a $14.6 million, multi-center research project to determine which of two drugs — azithromycin, an antibiotic, or roflumilast, an anti-inflammatory medication — is the most effective at treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is also known as COPD. COPD, an umbrella term for a number of lung conditions that make it difficult for a person to breathe, affects 15 [...]

New treatment for severe dry eye disease promising in early clinical trials

Dr. Sandeep Jain, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences(Photo: Jenny Fontaine) May 7, 2019 Participants in a phase I/II clinical trial of a new enzyme-based treatment for severe dry eye disease experienced reduced signs of disease and discomfort, according to a paper in Translational Vision Science and Technology. The trial compared eye drops containing a biosynthetic form of an enzyme called DNase with eye drops without the enzyme. DNase breaks up nucleic acid-based material on the surface of the eye. [...]