Kitajewski named new director of University of Illinois Cancer Center

The title “Acting Director” has been removed from Jan Kitajewski’s name, as he has been officially named the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s new director. Kitajewski, PhD, Sweeney Professor of Basic Sciences and Head of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, has been appointed to serve as the director effective Nov. 13, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Read more at UIC Today

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Reprogramming immune cells to reduce inflammation, promote tissue repair

In a new study published in the journal Nature Immunology, University of Illinois at Chicago researchers led by University of Illinois Cancer Center member Asrar Malik, PhD, suggests that macrophage programming is more difficult than originally believed. Macrophages are white blood cells that, depending on the signals they get from the immune system, become specialized in either increasing or decreasing inflammation. When macrophages are programmed to be pro-inflammatory, they help to increase inflammation, which…

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Liquid biopsies using urine and plasma could be the future of lung cancer screening

University of Illinois College of Medicine researchers, led by Alicia Hulbert, have developed an epigenetic-based approach that helps detect non-small cell lung cancer through liquid biopsies using urine and plasma. In recent years, scientists have been using new techniques such as methylation-specific PCR – one of the most commonly used methods for epigenetic studies which assesses the changes in DNA expression without altering its sequence. In a new paper published in the journal…

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COVID-19

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter The University of Illinois at Chicago has been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19), and a section of the institution’s website has been devoted to providing the most timely and relevant information. For the most up to date information on the coronavirus please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus UIC Coronavirus updates

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Pediatrics raises $20,000 for childhood cancer research

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter The Children’s Hospital University of Illinois raised more than $20,000 to support pediatric cancer research and clinical trials on Feb. 21.During the two-hour event, 18 individuals from the UIC community – more than half of them women – volunteered to shave their heads as part of the hospital’s annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser.The money raised this year breaks a record for the hospital event. Read…

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