The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute catalyzes, connects, supports, and engages health sciences research on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. To provide focus to several critical health topics, IHSI currently supports these program areas:
Cancer Center at Illinois—Improving Prevention, Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment through Research
Illinois researchers are making strides to improve cancer detection, prevention, diagnosis, therapy, and quality of life. The Cancer Center at Illinois provides resources to access cancer-related activities across campus and nucleate new programs and activities to advance cancer research progress.
Clinical and Translational Neuroscience—Imaging Innovations Translated to Clinical Neuro-Related Revelations
The vibrant and diverse neuroscience community at Illinois is working to find solutions to some of today’s most pressing societal health challenges in fields including aging; learning, memory and plasticity; nutrition and cognition; neuroengineering; neuro- and socio-genomics; bioinformatics; and more. Researchers are using leading-edge imaging technology and are pioneering technologies being taken from the lab and applied in the clinic to improve the lives of people both locally and globally.
Health Disparities—Promoting Local and Global Health Equity
The health equity research community at Illinois looks at health disparities through interdisciplinary lenses including medicine, child development, law, food access, education, and health communication. Factoring health disparities into the design of new technologies, devices, and interventions can mitigate unequal healthcare access, medical treatment, and health outcomes. This growing research community is ensuring that health disparities are woven into the planning of health research, interventions, and medical innovations on campus.
Precision Medicine—Individual Variability in Genes, Environment, and Lifestyle
This growing field will revolutionize how we treat disease, taking into account the individual differences in a person’s genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle. Researchers at Illinois are engaged in a number of precision medicine projects including creating code management software to improve emergency outcomes, creating dissolvable patches for intestinal repair, enhancing targeted drug delivery options, creating nanosensors for the detection of eye perforations, and more. These efforts are in line with President Obama’s Federal Precision Medicine Initiative, introduced in early 2015.
IHSI has identified emerging topic areas and is facilitating and coordinating research in digestive and metabolic health and heart and vascular health. Within these program and topic areas, IHSI is helping investigators find collaborators, connect with clinical partners, assess feasibility, locate mentors, get help with clinical study education, identify and secure grant funding opportunities, and much more.
Program and topic areas are continually evaluated and will grow and evolve to best reflect the needs of our research communities and clinical partners.