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More Intersections Between Professionals from Divergent Fields – “U. of I., Carle moving

As an alum and a former Champaign-Urbana”townie,” I am delighted to see the University  of Illinois at the front of this new intersection point through a medical school that brings together medical and engineering professionals across multiple disciplines. Bioinformatic engineers, for example,  are a key part of multi-disciplinary teams that are rocking the world these days as part of teams making new discoveries in molecular biology in general and cancer in particular. Indeed, the U of I’s Bluewaters supercomputing system is world-class. Here’s a key quote from the press release pasted in full below:  “This ground-breaking approach will integrate the university’s unparalleled assets in engineering, technology and supercomputing with Carle’s nationally recognized, comprehensive health care system.”

My father was an engineering professor at the U of I, and opened our eyes to all kinds of possibilities as to science. So did a long-time fellow bartender and college friend who pursued a biomedical engineering education and career. Both are no longer in this world, but no doubt would be proud today.

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“U. of I., Carle moving forward with the first engineering-based college of medicine

CONTACTS: Robin Kaler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 217-333-5010, rkaler@illinois.edu Jennifer Hendricks Kaufmann, Carle Health System, 217-326-8501, Jennifer.HendricksKaufmann@carle.com CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —

Partners in a first-of-its-kind medical college on the University of Illinois’s Urbana-Champaign campus are advancing to the next phase of development, having completed a key administrative step today. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to establish the nation’s first college of medicine focused, from the beginning, on the intersection of engineering and medicine. This will be the first new college created at Urbana in 60 years. The college will be a partnership between the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign and Carle Health System that is specifically designed to train a new kind of doctor. This ground-breaking approach will integrate the university’s unparalleled assets in engineering, technology and supercomputing with Carle’s nationally recognized, comprehensive health care system. More information about the college is available at www.medicine.illinois.edu.”

About Kirk

Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”

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