Throughout Illinois Tech, faculty and students are exploring how we can be healthier as individuals and as a society. This research encompass chronic conditions, disease, the environment, food safety, medical devices, medical imaging, mental health, nutrition, and sports.
Health and Wellness
The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) Celebrates 35 Years at Illinois Tech. In 1988, the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition gave the institute its first grant to help combat food contamination and other threats to food safety.
In February 2023 the university’s research council and interim provost approved the formulation of the Center for Sports Innovation to “serve as a hub for research and development of a wide variety of technologically related subjects, systems, and businesses that impact the world of sports.”
A study led by Illinois Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering Mohammad Heidarinejad and conducted at Willis Tower in Chicago shows the energy savings of heating and cooling as a result of automated shades are high enough in some buildings to pay back the cost of installation within three to five years.
Georgia Papavasiliou, professor of biomedical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, received additional funding from the University of Chicago’s Diabetes Research and Training Center to develop a novel ointment to treat chronically infected diabetic wounds that fail to heal.
A team of researchers from Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Washington is trying to change the way that the field of biology understands how muscles contract, which that could play a significant role in developing treatments for inherited cardiac conditions.
Working with Illinois Tech alum Maya Al-Khouja (PSYC ’16), Illinois Tech associate professors of psychology Nicole Legate and Arlen Moller recently published a study showing that autonomy-supportive communication is crucial as a means to help reduce defiance and backlash within police forces as they work to reduce prejudice.