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University of Illinois Receives $2M for Herpes Virus Research

Posted by Rebecca Inch-Partridge on Fri, Aug 10, 2018

According to John Hopkins Medicine, 50 to 80 percent of U.S. adults have the oral herpes virus and many don’t know it. Most commonly associated with “cold sores” or “fever blister” the herpes virus can cause other, more serious symptoms as well. These include severe flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and headaches. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Afsar Naqvi, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago’s College of Dentistry, a five year, $2 million grant to study this wide spread and yet often misdiagnosed disease.

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University of Illinois Research News: Synthetic Cannabiniod Reduces Sleep Apnea

Posted by Rebecca Inch-Partridge on Thu, Jan 04, 2018

When obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was listed as a contributing factor in the death of actress Carrie Fisher, it brought the condition into the spotlight. Until the news, many people considered sleep apnea to be just a bothersome form of snoring. However, with OSA, breathing is actually interrupted for a few seconds or even several minutes. According to the American sleep apnea association, 38,000 people die annually from heart disease directly complicated by sleep apnea. Now researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) believe they have found the first medication that reduces the effects of OSA, and it's  based on a molecule found in the cannabis plant.

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U of I at Chicago Receives $17.7 M Translational Research Grant

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Sep 09, 2016

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a four year, $17.7 million grant to the university of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Clinical and Transitional Science to further translational research.

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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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$5M Research Grant for UIUC to Make Sorghum a Sweet Source of Biofuel

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Mar 28, 2016

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was awarded a $5 million grant to study ways to increase the water use efficiency (WUE) of sorghum, a crop used for bioenergy. Researchers hope to make sorghum an even more practical source of bioenergy by decreasing the plant’s moisture loss so that it can be farmed in lands that would be too arid for traditional sorghum. In fact, they propose to increase the WUE for their sorghum by as much as 40%.

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Urbana Researcher Contradicts on Cause of Heart Disease

Posted by Anita Zhang on Sun, Apr 13, 2014

Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) has been considered to be the major cause of heart disease. However, Professor Fred Kummerow from the University of Illinois recently drew a different conclusion on this issue based on his six-decades research.

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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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Chicago Researchers Delve Deeper Into Gene Manipulation

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Mar 13, 2014

Gene manipulation is a very fine-tuned science that is prevalent in all sorts of biotechnological lab work. We often think of genes as controlling a very precise function or set of functions; for instance, the particular gene responsible for damaging tissue in gum disease, which we looked at in a previous Ohio State blog, or the gene responsible for pollination features in bees, which we saw in an earlier Michigan State blog. Now a research project from University of Illinois, Chicago introduces a way to delve deeper than even the gene level and look at the roles of individual molecules that the genes influence.

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Gearing Up for UI Urbana-Champaign Event: Register Now

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Fri, Mar 07, 2014

Life science researchers and laboratory suppliers alike will want to take note of the networking opportunity coming to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus on April 30th, 2014UI Urbana-Champaign Bioresearch Product Faire Event. This event will be the first of two Illinois shows hosted by Biotechnology Calendar Inc. for 2014, and we want you to join us this year.

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Biomolecule Imaging Enhanced by Graphene at UIC

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Feb 20, 2014

To understand the complex working of biological molecules, sharp images are the key. Electron microscopes do a good job when it comes to inorganic compounds but don’t lend quite as easily to organic molecules, especially if you want to view them alive and in action. Researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago have developed a new method for imaging biomolecules that solves many of the current problems in the field.

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