November 13, 2012Glaucoma 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.
November 8, 2012New, 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.
November 2, 2012Medical 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.
October 24, 2012Encouraging 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.
October 24, 2012Laser 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.
October 10, 2012Developing 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.
October 10, 2012An 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, 2012Simple 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.
September 6, 2012Genetic Link to Prostate Cancer Risk in African Americans Found
Prostate cancer in African-American men is associated with specific changes in the IL-16 gene, and by establishing the link in men of African as well as European descent, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine may have found a useful new biomarker for prostate cancer.