YOU ABOUT A NEW RESEARCH LAB AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE ROCKFORD. ((MIMI)) A GRANT IS MAKING THAT POSSIBLE. AS WE FIND OUT MORE IN THIS WEEK’S EDUCATION MATTERS. SCHOOL LEADERS SAY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE ROCKFORD IS DEDICATED TO TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PHYSICIANS AND SCIENTISTS. IT’S ABLE TO CONTINUE THAT MISSION, THANKS TO A GRANT THAT ALLOWS THE SCHOOL TO EXPAND RESEARCH INTO NANOTECHNOLOGY. Alex Stagnaro-Green / Regional Dean of College of Medicine Rockford “Five years ago the Blazer Foundation granted us three million dollars to create a laboratory in disability and degenerative medicine. We hired two researchers. They’ve been incredibly successful. And one of the post docs in that area has developed an area of science called nanotechnology. That’s working at the level of one billionth of one millimeter. And that individual will now be doing research in diabetes, ulcerative colitis, and on joint replacement.” STAGNARO-GREEN SAYS THE SCHOOL IS COMMITTED TO MOVING RESEARCH FORWARD. THREE SCIENTISTS AT THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE HAVE ALREADY MADE GREAT STRIDES IN WORK ON DIABETIC RETINOPATHY, METAL IMPLANTS AND TOXICITY AND A TREATMENT FOR COLITIS. SCHOOL STAFF SAY THE NEW LAB WILL ALLOW THEM TO TRAIN MEDICAL LEADERS OF TOMORROW . Alex Stagnaro-Green / Regional Dean of College of Medicine Rockford “We will have students being trained in that laboratory. We will be advancing science. Hopefully new treatment for diabetes. Joint replacement and ulcerative colitis. And at the same time it will expand the name and the recognition of Rockford. Not only within Winnebago and the state of Illinois, but throughout the world.” STAGNARO-GREEN SAYS THEY’VE EARNED AN EXCELLENT REPUTATION FOR SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO A RESEARCHER IN ROCKFORD DEVELOPED THE SHINGLES VACCINE THAT’S NOW USED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THAT COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH HAS HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY. Alex Stagnaro-Green / Regional Dean of College of Medicine Rockford “As we move things forward and present our work around the world…we let them know that we are from Rockford and we are Rockford proud.” ((MIMI)) THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IS CONTRIBUTING MATCHING DOLLARS TO THE 500- THOUSAND DOLLAR GIFT. ((MIMI)) SCOTT’S IN WITH SPORTS.