UIC researchers create heart cells to study AFib
University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have discovered a way turn pluripotent stem cells into atrial cells, which make up the upper chambers, or atria, of the heart. The discovery will enable them to better study atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder also known as AFib, which originates in the heart’s atria.
UIC receives papers of longest-serving Chicago mayor, Richard M. Daley
The University of Illinois at Chicago is proud to announce that former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has chosen to make UIC’s Richard J. Daley Library the repository for a large collection of papers and artifacts amassed during his 22-year mayoral tenure. Daley’s donated papers are now available to researchers and students in the Special Collections and University Archives of his father’s namesake library.
Common genetic variant linked to AFib risk in Latinos
“There is a paradox at play when it comes to atrial fibrillation in the Latino population,” said Dr. Dawood Darbar. “While Latino individuals are less likely to develop atrial fibrillation than whites, despite having a higher burden of risk factors, they are more likely to suffer complications if the condition does develop,” said Darbar, professor medicine and pharmacology in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.
Students showcase research, experiences
UIC students showcased their capstone projects, research and impactful experiences April 11 at the UIC Student Research Forum and Impact Day. During the event at the UIC Forum, 300 students presented their research projects for visitors and a panel of judges, and for the Impact Day portion of the event, about 60 students highlighted their work outside the classroom — from career development and internships to study abroad and service. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, Honors College and the Center for Student Involvement.
NEH Grant Funds Museum studies’ War-related Arts Course
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Museum and Exhibition Studies program, in collaboration with the National Veteran’s Art Museum, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to establish a two-semester course focusing on war-related art from World War I to the present.