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The Division of Translational Research is dedicated to promoting multi-disciplinary research between surgeons and scientists working in basic or applied fields of investigation within the University of Illinois state wide system for curative or preemptive therapies to mitigate or eliminate disease. We are highly dedicated to the education of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. We welcome you and invite you to explore the  opportunities available for research activities within the Department of Surgery.

The Division of Translational Research has facilitated research projects in a number of varied areas within the University of Illinois. Examples of successful collaborations include joint research projects with the Departments of BioengineeringNational Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsCivil and Environmental Engineering, the College of Dentistry Center for Wound Healing  and Tissue Regeneration, and the Toxicology Research Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology.

The Division of Translational Research along with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and industry  hosts the Annual Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium. This program highlights exciting advances in the fields of angiogenesis, bioscaffolds and bioengineered tissues,  stem-cell based organ  and tissue repair and regeneration, and applied nanotechnology. Prizes are awarded for the top three student abstracts.

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There are many research projects which could accomplish more progress with supplemental funds.  Each year, technology advances ever more rapidly and equipment rapidly becomes outdated and limited. Your support could help us continue to pursue cutting edge research in fields such as in stem cell and regenerative medicine by bringing state of the art equipment and supplies to our surgical  laboratories. Your support can allow students to pursue their dreams of  becoming physician scientists by providing funding for their projects.  Larger gifts may also used for endowing a professorial chair at the University of  Illinois for a Department of Surgery investigator.

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  • Send a Check

    Your tax-deductible gift can be made out to The University of Illinois at Chicago with the specification of Surgery Division of Translational Research in the memo. This will ensure that your gift is designated for Translational Research in the Department of Surgery.

    Please mail your gift to:
    Division of Translational Research, UIC Department of Surgery, 840 South Wood Street, Suite 402, Chicago, Illinois  60612

  • Online

    University of Illinois Foundation; Under Other, enter the amount, then UIC Translational Research, Chicago

  • Matching Gifts

    Many companies match charitable gifts made by employees, retirees and directors. Please check with your company’s personnel department to learn if your business matches charitable gifts to hospitals.

  • Endow a Professorial Chair at the University of Illinois Medical School

    Surgeon Scientists present a unique  and dwindling group of academics. With reimbursements reduced, more surgeons are opting out of research and into exclusive surgical practices or clinical research practices. Endowing a chair for surgeon investigators in translational or basic surgical research ensures that critical research can continue, rewards outstanding performance of our investigators, and helps us to avoid losing such talented individuals to recruitment by other institutions. Donors may designate a name for the chair, and have five years to complete the funding of a professorship from the opening of the account.

    Please email us ( or call Arlin Aldaba at 312-996-1774 to request more information, or to ask a question.