UICOMP Research History


UICOMP’s James Scholar program is established. James Scholars must be in the upper 1/3 of their class and complete and independent study research project under the direction of a faculty mentor.


Dr. Jospeh Tsang, Adjunct Associate Professor of Biochemistry, presented five research papers at the 66th annual meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences.


Dr. Dimingo Leonida, Clinical Associate in Preventative Medicine and Community Health, had his article “Ecological Elements of Vibration (Chippers’) Syndrome” published by the Illinois Medical Journal in January of this year.


Researchers at the Peoria School of Medicine received $179,922 in grants. Dr. Hjelle received a grant totaling $174,474 from the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.


Dr. Muhammad Yunus discovered and wrote the first paper on fibromyalgia. He has since written 123 articles and given more than 150 educational talks on the subject. He has been named “The Father of Fibromyalgia” for his discovery.


Dr. Alfonse Masi, in collaboration with the American College of Rheumatology Committee, published on the criteria for the classification of Churg-Strauss syndrome (allergic granulomatosis and angiitis). This work has since been cited over 2,000 times.


Governor Jim Edgar announces a commitment of $2.4 million in state bond funds to establishing a premier medical research program at the College of Medicine at Peoria


The Rural Student Physician Program (RSPP) is born, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Federal Bureau of Health Professions. The program is described as “a rural, community-based, extended family medicine preceptorship that will immerse third-year students into an intense, comprehensive educational experience in clinical medicine with a rural family physician.


Dr. Jean Aldag, Adjunct Professor of Preventative Medicine, served as the statistician for the department of research until August of 2016. Dr. Aldag started her career at the Peoria School of Medicine in 1973 as the Coordinator of Area Health Education System.


UICOMP breaks ground on the Cancer Research Center


JUMP Trading Simulation and Education Center celebrated its grand opening. The largest purpose-built simulation and health care engineering center in the world. JUMP utilizes simulation and engineering techniques to improve patient care outcomes through educational and behavioral, applied, and translational approaches to research.


Dr. Matthew Bramlet, serving as Director of Congenital Cardiac MRI at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, combined the program’s resources with those at JUMP to pioneer anatomically accurate 3D congenital heart models. Dr. Bramlet utilized this expertise to become a curator with the NIH 3D Print Exchange Heart Library, a nationwide collaborative effort to improve the education and understanding of congenital cardiac anatomy. Dr. Bramlet’s research has allowed surgeons to view a 3D model of the heart prior to performing surgery.


Dr. Ray Bertino, Clinical Progessor of Radiology and Surgery worked with a team of aviation experts to develop airRx, the world’s only smartphone app that’s designed to help physicians deal with some of the most common in-flight medical emergencies.


First year medical students are the first to be offered the four year track Innovations in Rural Global Medicine (IRGMed). This program offers medical students the opportunity to experience health care in low resource settings.


223 total publications were published from UICOMP students, residents, and faculty.