Choosing Prof. Carly Illinois Warzenek Dobrucki as Inaugural Neil and Carol Rusek Professor | Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Carl Illinois University College of Medicine (CI MED) announces that Vwarzenik Dobrucki is the first research fellow at Neil and Carol Rusek. Dobrucki is the CI MED Professor of Health Innovation and is also the first professor in the College of Medicine.

Neil and Carol Ruzek
Neil and Carol Ruzek

Founded by Carol Ruzek and her son David Ruzek, the Neil and Carol Ruzek Carl Illinois Medical School Fund honors the vision and spirit of Carol’s late husband and David’s father, Neil Ruzek. The fund will be used to provide support for faculty appointments to the Carley Illinois College of Medicine, with appointees having academic experience and capabilities in the field of engineering medicine.

Along with the funding, each recipient will also receive a copy of Neil Ruzek’s book, The race for a curea cancer memoir detailing the search for vital new therapies in the treatment of cancer while encouraging others to search, question, and become advocates for themselves in their own treatments.

After being diagnosed with one of the most aggressive forms of cancer mantle cell lymphoma and given only six months to live, his doctors wanted to put him on chemotherapy, but Neil resisted because while it might have given him a few more months of life, she had no chance of recovery.

“Being a science journalist, he thought there must be people working in this field all over the country or the world,” said Jr. David Ruzek. “So he threw himself into the research, being an advocate for his patients and finding people working on this and having trials and other things, and while I like to say he became cancer-free, he was certainly able to do some of these modern therapies and live another six years of quality of life.” Really good.”

in his book, The race for a cureNeil covers cancer research and therapeutic technologies being developed in laboratories and universities around the world. He wrote it as a guide to inform cancer patients about vaccines and drugs that target cancer cells that are being developed as alternatives to therapies that harm not only cancer cells, but healthy cells as well. Neil created the Ruzic Research Foundation to further develop such activities.

“He wanted to write about this journey and how others can be advocates of patience and dig into the research for the latest treatments and trials because the medical field is moving so fast,” said David Ruzic. He didn’t want to write the book to make money from the book, so he said “I’m going to take all the proceeds from this book and put it into medical research.” Funding this fellowship is what we did with all the profits from the book. That’s where the money came from with the intent of helping promote more medical research because It is necessary to cure all the things that may torment us in the future.”

A man of many talents and passions, Neil Ruzik was the founder and publisher of numerous scientific journals worldwide, including Industrial Research and International Oceanography, as well as the author of over 250 articles and 10 books. Two of his booksThe case for going to the moonand Where the Wind Sleeps remains compelling nationally today. It describes the value that a lunar base has for human development in space and commerce. The second book develops the architecture for a self-sustaining lunar base that could serve as a gateway to Mars and interplanetary exploration.

Rosic made many inventions and was awarded the first US patent for a device used on the moon, the lunar pacemaker. The R&D 100 Annual Awards Program established the “Nobel Prize” for applied physical research scientists and engineers. He was president and board member of the National Aerospace Society which he co-founded with Werner von Braun; He also created the NASA Space Technology Transfer Program.

He passed away in 2004 at the age of 73.

David added, “He was a really cool guy, very much an entrepreneur, who did all kinds of different things, but always had a passion for writing and telling the world about science.”

On his way to earning degrees in journalism and science from Northwestern University, Neal met his wife, Carol, while she was also pursuing a degree in journalism from Northwestern University. The couple was married for 54 years. An interesting person in her own right, Carol became a school teacher after the couple moved to Beverly Shores, Indiana. After the birth of their only son, David, Carol stopped teaching and moved on to more civic endeavors, including serving as president of the town council, and effectively serving as town leader for eight years.

Even now at the age of 94, she is a force in her community. One of the biggest passions was persevering with the local historic train station that was demolished at some point. Behind Carroll’s efforts, along with a group of Beverly Shores residents, as well as others such as the Indiana Dunes National Park superintendent at the time, NIPSCO, and Save the Dunes, secured the building a designation on the National Register of Historic Places. After the station’s restoration, The Beverly Shores Depot Museum and Art Gallery was born, with Carol serving as museum curator.

“She makes shows and exhibitions,” said son David. “It’s such a small museum, but it’s really cool that she’s sponsoring this museum and staying active with everything else in town as well. That’s been one of her biggest passions and she’s really good at that too.”

A professor at Illinois for 38 years, David is the director of the Illinois Institute of Plasma and is also the Emeritus Professor, Abel Bliss Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the Grainger College of Engineering.

“I certainly know that having that extra honor and a little money is very useful to me and it seems like a way of remembering your name but doing something that is continually useful and beneficial to someone or a system,” said David. “We wanted to advance medical research and I’m here at the university, and then I got involved in helping to set up the engineering-based medical school, which is probably long overdue and in the spirit of the book my father wrote — you want to look at innovation, you want to look at new things, you You don’t just want a medical school to memorize everything that came before, but instead learn how to create the new stuff and be fully aware of all the possible ways that might happen.So having an engineering-based medical school and supporting someone works for it, I really think it fits in the spirit of what my father was trying to do in his book and in the later parts of his life.”

Warzynik Dobrucki
Warzynik Dobrucki

Professor Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, Faculty Senior Investigator in CI MED, has expertise in preclinical molecular imaging, and his professional interests include developing new targeted multimodal imaging strategies for assessing tissue microenvironments and various biological processes in vivo, including therapeutic angiogenesis, atherosclerosis, and tumor progression . and cancer response to experimental therapies. Professor Dubrucki will hold this position for a period of five years.

He is also Associate Professor in the Grainger School of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, and is Associate Chair of the Graduate Programs in Bioengineering. In addition, he holds a full-time faculty position at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Integrative Imaging Subject and directs the Experimental Molecular Imaging Laboratory (EMIL). Dr. Dubrucki also has affiliations with the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genome Biology and the Illinois Cancer Center at both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as Gdansk Medical University in Poland.

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