Combining Clinical Care, Research, and Academics

About Carle

Carle Health is an integrated system of healthcare services based in Urbana, Illinois, which includes a five-hospital system, multi-specialty physician groups, as well as Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute. The system includes combines clinical care, research, and academics in a way that solves real-world problems today with an eye toward the future.

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Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Created in 2015 as a partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine is the world’s first engineering-based medical school and represents a new concept in the field of healthcare education. Innovation is the cornerstone of the college's curriculum, with emphasis on human factors, design thinking, medical technologies, and entrepreneurship. The college is educating a new generation of physicians trained to develop transformative health care solutions at the intersection of engineering, science, and medicine. The college is now home to nearly 160 students and 600+ affiliated clinical and academic faculty members.

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Carle and UIUC Partner to Launch Brain Study

Thanks to a collaboration between Carle and the University of Illinois, a first-of-its-kind imaging study will be conducted in Champaign-Urbana. The Champaign-Urbana Population Study will use the new, jointly acquired unique technology, the Siemens MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla (7T) MRI to collect information about the brain’s structure and function across a diverse group of volunteers.

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New, Cutting-Edge MRI Technology Offers Opportunities for Carle Illinois College of Medicine

The most powerful MRI device of its kind approved for patient use is now operational at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, offering Carle Illinois College of Medicine students unique opportunities to contribute to cutting-edge research, aimed at advancing biomedical knowledge and improving patient care.
Carle is one of only a few hospitals in the country and the first in Illinois to acquire a Siemens Healthineers MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla (7T) MRI scanner for both clinical and research use, in partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Bioengineer and Medical Doctor Team Up on Research to Better Manage Cancer

Traditionally, someone in a lab will embed tissue in paraffin, pour dye and view it under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present.

However, researchers in bioengineering and medicine at Carle are going further and looking at the microenvironment, or molecular chemistry of the cancer cells to understand cancer progression. By measuring the molecular makeup of cancer cells and their effect on the surrounding cells and tissues, that information can provide information to patients as to how quickly they need treatment.

To accomplish this, they want to build a microscope for a clinical setting to change how to measure and view cells.

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Carle Illinois College of Medicine
506 South Mathews Ave
Urbana, Illinois 61801