All College of Medicine

David Pepperber

November 16, 2012

Photo-switch for nerve cells in eye and brain

UIC research could be a first step to overcoming degenerative eye diseases or to quieting epileptic seizures.

November 13, 2012

Glaucoma Specialist Named Head of Ophthalmology at UIC

Dr. Rohit Varma, a leading eye specialist and epidemiologist at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, has been named head of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees.

Mary Jo LaDu

November 8, 2012

New, Improved Mouse Model of Human Alzheimer’s May Enable Drug Discovery

Researchers have developed a transgenic mouse that carries a human gene known to increase risk of Alzheimer’s 15-fold. The new mouse, which mimics the genetics of the human disease more closely than any existing model, provides new evidence for the earliest cause of Alzheimer’s and may prove more useful in the development of drugs to prevent or treat the disease.

Stephen Schwartz and Jacqueline Restrepo conduct health screenings Oct. 21 at St. Pius V Parish in Pilsen.

November 2, 2012

Medical students bring free health screenings to Pilsen

She’s not yet a doctor, but Anayatzy Franco is already helping people get healthier. Once a month, she joins about 50 other UIC medical students who volunteer at a neighborhood church, giving advice and providing free health screenings.

Vanessa Gonzalez

October 24, 2012

Encouraging Latino students to pursue health care careers

The College of Medicine will encourage Latino high school and college students to pursue careers in health care with the help of a five-year, $3.4 million federal grant.

Jose de la Cruz

October 24, 2012

Laser boosts accuracy in cataract surgery

A new laser system for cataract surgery, with accuracy to a few hundred-thousandths of an inch, allows eye surgeons to optimize and customize the incision and ensure the best possible outcome.

Samuel Dudley

October 10, 2012

Developing a blood test for heart failure

Samuel Dudley is developing a diagnostic blood test that could help save the lives of patients who come to the ER with heart failure.

Xavier Llor

October 10, 2012

An alternative to colonoscopy

Too many people refuse screenings for colorectal cancer because the tests are uncomfortable and costly. Xavier Llor has a better idea.

October 9, 2012

Simple Test May Ease Management of Eosinophilic Esophagitis

A simple new test, in which the patient swallows a string, can monitor treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis as effectively as an invasive, expensive and uncomfortable procedure that risks complications, particularly in children.

September 26, 2012

$3.4M HHS Grant To Help UIC Address Shortage of Latino Health Providers

The College of Medicine has received a five-year, $3.4 million federal grant to improve the severe shortage of Latino physicians and other health care professionals.

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