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CHICAGO - New research shows active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons.

Graphic and industrial design students at the University of Illinois have created "immersive reality scenarios" to help prison inmates on the verge of release navigate the world outside. 

The University of Illinois is hoping to strengthen its connections with Africa through new partnerships, research exchanges and student enrollment.

The University of Illinois is launching a new bioenergy research center that will be used to generate new fuel products directly from plants.

A new study shows a small increase in the number of international students who attended colleges and universities in Illinois last year.

University of Chicago graduate students, who both teach and do research in earning advanced degrees, have voted to unionize.

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If Congress approves, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be host to a $104 million center for research into new biofuels and bioproducts.

The US Department of Energy is awarding the money over the next five years to help create the university’s new Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation --- CABBI for short.

Plant Biology Professor Evan DeLucia will serve as CABBI’s director. He says the Energy Department was attracted to the U of I because of the bioenergy work it’s already doing.

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A Chicago-area family is giving $100 million to establish an institute at a medical center that seeks to boost efforts to improve health and prevent disease by optimizing the body's own defenses.  The gift will create The Duchossois Family Institute at University of Chicago Medicine. It's from investment business The Duchossois Group Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Craig Duchossois, his wife, Janet, and The Duchossois Family Foundation.

If you're gorging on bacon or skimping on nuts, you might want to rethink your diet. That's according to new research that links 10 foods with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes.  The study says overeating or not eating enough of those foods contributes to nearly half of U.S. deaths from the three causes.

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Scientists think they have a way to increase crop yields by up to 20% by modifying the process of photosynthesis.  Researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana campus worked with scientists from the University of California-Berkeley to genetically manipulate photosynthesis in tobacco plants.  

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Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum have removed the right forelimb of the institution's famous T. rex fossil named Sue.  The bones are headed to the suburban Argonne National Laboratory to be part of research into the long-debated question of why a T. rex had a forelimb. / Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources/ University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Illinois researchers say a new type of corn disease has been found in northern Illinois.  The university says bacterial leaf streak was found in a field in DeKalb County. 

Armadillos are moving into the state, and some researchers believe they may make it as far north as the central Illinois area. 

Illinois Issues editor Jamey Dunn talked with F. Agustin Jimenez, a zoology professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, about armadillos and why they might one day be more prevalent in the state.   

Many U.S. medical schools are seeing a surge in the number people leaving their bodies to science.  The trend is being attributed to rising funeral costs and growing acceptance of a practice long seen by some as ghoulish.

Western Illinois University students and faculty scientists are spending the summer doing research related to how Zika virus spreads from mosquitoes to humans.  The Vector Biology Program at Western is led by Assistant Professor of Biology Catherine Miller-Hunt. It will soon begin studying how the Zika virus gets into human cells and looking for ways to stop it. 

UICOMP Research Findings On Display

Apr 13, 2016
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Healthcare students, professionals and the public have a chance to survey the latest medical research being done in the Peoria area. 

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is holding its fourth annual  Medical Research Day on campus Wednesday. UICOMP pharmacology professor Steve Lasley says the experience gives medical students a competitive edge in residency applications, but additionally,  it gives attendees a chance to witness the range of topics pertaining to local health outcomes.

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 TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois Cancer Center and Governors State University are partnering to research cancer-related health disparities in Chicago's southern suburbs. 

State Sen. Michael Hastings, a Tinley Park Democrat, said Monday that the institutions received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The money will give them the ability to provide training and support to minority students interested in health disparities research.

Depression very early in life can affect the way a child’s brain develops.

A new study by researchers at Washington University is the first to link early childhood depression to physical changes in the developing brain.

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A medical school professor in Peoria will continue his research into Alzheimer's Disease thanks to a $440,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

Doctor Ken Fukuchi has spent 30 years researching the disease. Fukuchi is a professor in the department of cancer biology and pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is  getting $280,000 in grants for research.  The funding will go toward studies on two types of brain cancer commonly found in in children.  The grants will also fund research that looks at how stem cells can treat patients suffering a stroke.  The funding comes from the Illinois Neurological Institute and William E. McElroy Charitable Foundation. 

Medical marijuana cultivation center opens in Delavan

Jul 24, 2015
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A medical marijuana cultivation center officially opened its doors for business in Delevan Friday.  Revolution Enterprises held a ribbon cutting in front of the 75,000 square foot facility.  Company CEO Tim McGraw says the facility will focus on innovation along with making medical cannabis products:

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $425,000 grant to a pair of Illinois State University researchers studying a chemical found in many food containers and other plastics. 

Cat opens new data analysis lab

Feb 19, 2015

Caterpillar cut the ribbon Thursday on a new data analysis lab at the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign. The facility is meant to be the first of several the company will open to use data analysis for research and development.

Bradley University is offering its graduate students more global opportunities through new partnerships with universities in India.

Running Central picked for national shoe maker test market

Sep 24, 2014

A global running shoe maker is using Running Central in Peoria as it’s only national test market. Mizuno’s Future Product Research is doing testing for future running shoe development. Volunteers are needed from Wednesday through Friday to help with the running shoe testing. A link to the Running Central sign-up page is available by clicking here.

UICOMP students present research projects

Apr 21, 2014

Students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria presented about 25 different research projects Monday. The students had two to three minutes to explain the subject matter and conclusions of the medical research. Doctor Meenakshy Aiyer is the College’s associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She says presenting clinical and educational research helps refine student’s communication skills in an ever-changing environment:

Whitenose Syndrome has devastated bat populations across the U.S.  Now a researcher is hoping to answer some lingering questions about the disease by looking at bats in western Illinois.  IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:

IL public universities could share more research

Aug 13, 2013

A new law requires Illinois' public universities to consider making their research available for free, but it does not require it.

Area medical research on display at symposium

May 15, 2013

New medical research was on display at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria.  More than 40 resident physicians with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria presented their findings.  

Technology changes mice behavior

Apr 11, 2013


Researchers at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed tiny, wireless devices that can be implanted inside the brains of mice to influence their behavior.