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Public Hearing Marks Step Toward Unified Basic Sciences Department

Feb 24, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

New Department Part of College Strategic Plan The hearing is required as part of Senate Standing Rule #13, “Formation, Termination, Separation, Transfer, Merger, Change in Status, or Renaming of Units.” Creating a unified basic sciences department is one of the initiatives identified in the college’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, under the goal to “expand and support...

Dr. Susan Schantz NIH grant

Illinois, UCSF Receive $2.9 Million Grant to Study Child Health

Sep 22, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

The National Institutes of Health announced $2.9 million in new funding to the University of Illinois and the University of California, San Francisco, for studies to determine how maternal exposure to stress and to hormone-disrupting chemicals during pregnancy affect birth outcomes and child brain development. The funding is for the first two years of what...

[Dr. Susan Schantz]

Report: A Host of Common Chemicals Endanger Child Brain Development

Jul 1, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. The chemicals that are of most concern include lead and mercury; organophosphate pesticides used in agriculture and...

Emerging Fungal Infections Impact Wildlife

Jan 20, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

Yale Environment 360 (Jan. 19) – “It’s having a pretty significant impact on some populations,” Matthew Allender, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s veterinary school and the lead author on a recent paper on the etiology of SFD [snake fungal disease], said. For snakes infected with SFD, Allender noted, mortality rates can...

[Fred Kummerow in his laboratory]

A Minute With… Fred Kummerow on the FDA's Trans Fat Ban

Jun 5, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, now 100, first reported a link between dietary trans fats and heart disease in 1957. Trained in lipid biochemistry, Kummerow later determined the mechanisms by which trans fats contributed to atherosclerosis in patients with heart disease. In 2009, he petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban trans fats from...

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Task Force Looks at Diseases in Amphibians, Reptiles

May 30, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), a North American conservation network devoted to amphibians and reptiles and their habitats, recently formed a task force to coordinate response to disease outbreaks impacting those species. Matt Allender, DVM, PhD, of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, along with Matt Gray, PhD, from the University...

[3D depiction of the production of steroid hormones]

Flaws’ BPA Research Inspires YouTube Video

May 12, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

A group of undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania recently created a video influenced by Dr. Jodi Flaws, professor of comparative biosciences at Illinois. Dr. Flaws specializes in research involving factors such as toxicants that can affect the female reproductive system. One of Dr. Flaws’ recent research projects looked at how bisphenol A (BPA),...