Our research goals are broad and ambitious, as are the needs and hopes of our patients. We aim to advance treatment now, and health in the future, by pursuing both fundamental insights and their application to the practice of medicine. Investigators across the College of Medicine are doing cutting-edge research in clinical medicine, in basic biomedical science, and in the translation of basic findings into clinical practice and societal health. Focus areas include cancer, women's health, neurosciences, cardiac and vascular medicine, infectious disease, and obesity and diabetes.
Notable Research Highlights:
►Molecule of nerve-cell migration implicated in brain cancer
The invasion of brain-tumor cells into surrounding tissue requires the same protein molecule that neurons need to migrate into position as they differentiate and mature, according to new research from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and published August 7 in the online journal PLOS ONE
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►New Alzheimer’s Chemical Test May Identify People at Risk or Point to New Drugs
A pair of new assays that can detect key Alzheimer’s molecules in human brain tissues and in lab mice may offer a quick way to identify new effective drug treatments.The assays may also prove useful in identifying people at increased risk for the disease, which would help determine who should get a preventive drug should one be discovered, says Mary Jo LaDu, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, who is principal investigator of the study.
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►MS drug shows promise for preventing heart failure
A drug already approved to treat multiple sclerosis may also hold promise for treating cardiac hypertrophy, or thickening of the cardiac muscle–a disorder that often leads to heart failure, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine report. The findings are published in the July 16 issue of Circulation: Heart Failure.
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