Walsh Selected as the First-ever Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow

Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute are pleased to announce that Michael Walsh has been selected to serve as the first Fellow in their exciting new joint research program. Walsh's work will focus on breast cancer imaging and new technologies for diagnostic tools.

Walsh's work will focus on breast cancer imaging and new technologies for diagnostic tools

Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois are pleased to announce that Michael Walsh has been selected to serve as the first Fellow in their exciting new joint research program.

Walsh was selected from an extremely impressive pool of candidates. This program will provide him with the opportunity to spend three years conducting cancer-related translational research. The Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellows Program is intended for a recent Ph.D. who will focus research efforts on engineering biological materials for molecular imaging investigations of cancer.

Walsh will join the University of Illinois from Lancaster University (United Kingdom) where he will receive his Ph.D. in June of 2008. As the Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow Walsh's research plan will focus on advancing non-invasive cancer detection methods. His goals include finding ways to use imaging to automate the examination and classification of tissue in order to overcome many of the limitations that exist in current pathology methodologies. This could eventually reduce the time-consuming nature of diagnosis and it could also eliminate the operator bias that can lead to misdiagnosis.

Beckman Institute Director Pierre Wiltzius said he is excited to see this partnership with Carle Foundation Hospital develop and that Michael Walsh will be an excellent first representative of the program.

"Michael's work shows a lot of promise." Wiltzius said. "This program will provide him with a bridge between the Beckman Institute's research setting and the clinical setting found at Carle Foundation Hospital. This collaborative approach will help Michael and his colleagues bring their research plans to fruition, ultimately providing new diagnostic tools to physicians and their patients."

Carle Foundation Hospital is also looking forward to the beginning of an exceptional new program.

"It is a privilege to collaborate with the Beckman Institute in a new joint research endeavor supporting outstanding young scientists in translational research," said Suzanne Stratton, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Carle Foundation Hospital. "It is these interdisciplinary projects that will ultimately lead to technologies which will improve of patient care. We are thrilled that Michael Walsh will be the first of the Carle-Beckman fellows."

Walsh is appointed for up to three years and will interact with Beckman Institute faculty as well as clinical mentors at the Carle Foundation Hospital. During the term, he will be allowed the opportunity to fully focus on his research. He will be given access to state-of-the-art facilities and will be provided with staff support to aid his efforts.

The Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellows Program will contribute to the Carle Foundation Hospital accomplishing its goals of enhancing relationships with University of Illinois scientists, advancing its translational research program in the area of breast cancer research, and providing an opportunity for its medical staff to collaborate with researchers in the search for breakthrough discoveries that will improve healthcare.

The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an interdisciplinary research institute devoted to leading-edge research in the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, cognition, and neuroscience.