A Glimpse Behind The Research

What: Get a behind-the-scenes look at where cutting-edge research is leading the way to possible cures for cancer during a Public Open House. See research scientists as they go through their day-to-day activities in the lab, learning how to successfully destroy cancer cells and using stem cells to seek out and destroy cancer.

When: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29

Where: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, One Illini Drive, in Downtown Peoria (one block from Main Street and Kumpf Boulevard)

Also: CEFCU will make a very special announcement at 4:15 p.m.

Research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is taking the next step.

Thanks to a gift that will be announced on March 29 during a Public Open House, UICOMP will begin to start outfitting now empty labs, readying them for future researchers.

“This generous gift will increase the research capability at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria by helping us to build the team that we hope one day will discover the cure for cancer,” said Dr. Sara Rusch, Regional Dean, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. “The stronger the program we can build, the more likely we are to make those discoveries that are of critical importance. We are very appreciative of CEFCU’s help and their commitment to the community.”

The money will be put toward developing research programs and purchasing equipment.

After recruiting leading researcher Dr. Jasti Rao more than a decade ago, building a successful team that’s published some 150 research papers and recently completing an extensive laboratory expansion, UICOMP continues to move forward developing its cancer research programs.

Research experts including Dr. Jasti Rao, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Department of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology at UICOMP, whose work has led to patented research on anti-cancer gene therapy, will be on hand.

As part of the largest public medical school in the United States, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is a leader in education and research, with an annual enrollment of more than 150 medical students and 240 residents in 11 graduate medical residency programs. It also is home to the cutting-edge Cancer Research Center and new Center for Outcomes Research.

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