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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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.
Depending on who you ask, antibiotics are the best and worst defense against disease-bearing bacteria. On the one hand, they are very effective and easy to administer. Unfortunately, the more we use them, the more bacteria learn to thrive in a so-called “antibacterial” environment, culminating in a worst-case scenario where all bacteria are entirely resistant to antibiotics. Fighting against that future are bioresearchers from the University of Illinois, Chicago, who are pursuing more clever ways to prevent microbes from diseasing us.
When it comes to developing drugs for disease prevention and treatment, sometimes it is best not to reinvent the wheel- especially when nature holds so many solutions to those enterprising (or fortunate) individuals who know where to look. One such researcher, Professor Brian Murphy of the University of Illinois, Chicago, collects hundreds of possibly curative species of bacteria from one of nature’s least explored resources: the floors of lakes and oceans.
In the interest of keeping at the forefront of modern bioresearch, the University of Illinois Chicago has just announced the construction of a cell regeneration research center at its College of Medicine at Rockford. If the topic of cell regeneration sounds familiar, recall that the Mayo Clinic in Rochester is also a pioneer in regenerative medicine. (You can read our blog on the subject here.) The motivation for the center began with a three million dollar grant from the CWB foundation, which supports projects that benefit disabled people. Thanks to this grant and matching university funds, UIC will be able to join the biotechnology leaders who are performing research in this quickly growing field.
The University of Illinois at Chicago was recently awarded $9.6 million in the form of a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish an Autism Center of Excellence. The center will be one of five funded centers in the United States, and it is the only one in the Midwest. Nationally, the NIH awards $100 million for the Autism Centers of Excellence research program.
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