Science Market Update

UIC: New Treatment Option For Type 1 Diabetes Brings Research Funding

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

The University of Illinois at Chicago received a two-year, $475,000 grant to study a new treatment for type 1 diabetes that might help protect the pancreas. This promising new treatment would involve using two protein molecules to reduce the damage caused by the body’s autoimmune response.  The research led by Dr. Bellur S. Prabhaker, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at UIC, could eventually free many diabetes patients from the rigors of daily insulin injections.  

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UIUC Scientists Understand Differences Amongst Brains

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Mar 15, 2016

When it comes to the brain, there is still so much that scientists don't know, like what causes certain diseases and how traits like memory and intelligence differ from brain to brain. Scientists in Illinois are currently making strides to understand the latter. A team of researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, recently conducted a study that revealed that anatomical and cognitive factors in different brains are affected by different traits.

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Tags: Midwest, Scientists, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Neuroscience, UIUrbana, Research, IL, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire

UIUC Life Science Researchers Accelerate Neuron Growth With Microtubes

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

In the process of growing and studying neurons in the lab, life science researchers often use flat platforms or dishes. But neural networks in the body don’t lie on a flat plane or platform. A research team from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign decided to add a new dimension to neuron study by developing a 3D environment to study neural networks.

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The Top 5 Funding Facts To Know About UI Chicago

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

The University of Illinois, Chicago is highlighted time and time again in Science Market Update for its researchers' critical discoveries and and contributions to science. But what about the grants and awards that go into funding these projects? Read on to discover the Top 5 Funding Facts you need to know about UIC:

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Optimizing Photosynthesis at Urbana-Champaign

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Apr 03, 2014

It’s no big surprise that as the world’s population increases, worldwide food production will need a fairly big boost in order to keep up with the growing number of mouths to feed. A study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that we will need to produce approximately 70 percent more food by the year 2050, at which point the world will be home to about 2.3 billion more people than today. Working to boost agricultural yield is thus a critical field of study, as the photosynthesis optimization team at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign knows quite well.

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UIUC Has Biodiesel Production in the (Plastic) Bag

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Feb 13, 2014

It doesn’t take an environmentalist to realize that plastic bags are an environmental hazard. They are notorious for tangling the throats and limbs of animals, and it’s nearly impossible to dispose of them properly since they don’t biodegrade. A new method developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign does one better than disposal: it converts the bags straight into biofuel.

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UIC Bioresearchers Present Possible Alternative to Insulin Injections

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jan 09, 2014

For many of the 366 million people around the world who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, insulin injections are an unfortunate but often necessary routine. However, the most recent lab reports from the University of Illinois, Chicago show that in many people, the insulin they need is right inside their own cells, just waiting to be released.

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Multi-drug-resistant Cancers at Urbana-Champaign

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jan 02, 2014

2013 was an excellent year for cancer research at research universities. We saw the progress of USC against blood cancer, UCLA against brain cancer, and UMich against colon cancer, to name only a few. However, there are some forms of cancer that resist drugs in general and render these treatment methods useless. Fortunately, the new year brings results from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where life science researchers are unraveling the inner workings of these multi-drug-resistant (MDR) forms of cancer.

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Urbana-Champaign Bioresearchers Invent Green Supercapacitor

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Often the development of new green technology can seem like a fruitless struggle. This is especially true when a green solution is less powerful and more expensive than its “dirty,” fossil fuel-based counterpart. That’s why it’s so exciting when bioresearchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign develop a new supercapacitor that actually matches the potency of today’s leading supercapacitors at a significantly lower financial and environmental expense.

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Tags: 2014, Midwest, 2013, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, UIUrbana, BioResearch Product Faire Event, IL

Green Lab Upgrades at UIC Save Money and Energy

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 10, 2013

With the multitudes of green methods and practices available to labs today, it’s simply a waste not to take full advantage of them. We recently discussed the growing prevalence of this technology on college campuses in our blog MSU Green Chemistry Finds Renewable Energy in Biowaste. This week, the University of Illinois at Chicago joins the scene with a revamping of their Science and Engineering Laboratories Complex focused on energy efficiency and conservation.

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Tags: 2014, Midwest, 2013, University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Chicago, UIChgo

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