We would like to thank the following 2016 sponsors for their commitment to the field of medical research and support of our annual research symposium.

Champaign County Medical Society (CCMS)

701 Devonshire Drive, Suite C-5, Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-359-9195
Email: admin@ccmedsoc.org
The Champaign County Medical Society (CCMS) is a not for profit organization designed and established to promote the health and general welfare of the citizens of Champaign County, Illinois; to protect the rights and interests of the medical profession; to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge as it pertains to all branches of the art and science of Medicine; to bring into one organization the physicians of Champaign County, and to cultivate a true fraternal spirit among them; to operate as a component Society of the Illinois State Medical Society.

Membership Eligibility
The membership of CCMS is made up of practicing and retired physicians, medical residents, and medical students who practice or reside in Champaign County. Physicians must hold an MD or DO degree and be licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. Physicians not in clinical practice, but who are employed in research, medical directorships or other positions which do not require a medical license in Illinois, as well as retired physicians with current or previous state license in good standing, are eligible for membership at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Application for membership in CCMS is made through the Illinois State Medical Society.
Benefits to Members
CCMS performs a wide variety of services which often go unnoticed by its physician members. These range from making numerous referrals, responding to inquiries, mediating complaints and serving as a local resource for people interested in finding information about health care.

They support their members by providing meetings that cover important topics of interest to practicing physicians as well as to residents, students and retirees; they sponsor activities that provide an opportunity for colleagues to socialize and network; and they help support activities of the UI College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, such as sponsoring awards at its annual Research Symposium.

CCMS is active politically in concert with the Illinois State Medical Society regarding legislation that may affect their patients and practices and they provide opportunities to discuss issues with representatives from both sides of the aisle. CCMS is also a member of the National Quality Forum, allowing them to give a clinician’s viewpoint for quality measures being developed that will affect all practicing physicians.

Dr. Willard J. and Priscilla F. Visek Lecture Series

Dr. Willard J. and Priscilla F. VisekWillard J. Visek, MD, PhD, came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975 from Cornell University, graduate students and fellows in tow, to help staff the faculty of UIUC’s newly established medical school.

As a professor of internal medicine, food science and human nutrition, and nutritional sciences, he conducted pioneering work in the intersection of nutrition and medicine that helped establish the College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign as a school dedicated to the highest ideals of academic medicine. To continue this legacy and express their appreciation to the college, he and his wife made a gift to the college to endow the Dr. Willard J. and Priscilla F. Visek Lecture Fund. The fund also has received contributions from Willard’s former graduate students and others.

“We wanted students to be able to hear renowned people who are grounded in nutrition,” says Priscilla Visek, EdM ’77. The lecture topics emphasize the molecular basis of normal and abnormal nutrition-related processes in human beings and take place on an annual basis.

During his career, Willard published extensively on the effects of ammonia on diseases (ammonia is created in the human body by both protein metabolism and bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract), including a study of radiation sickness that received national media attention. He was also editor of the Journal of Nutrition from 1990 to 1997.
“Nutrition,” he noted, “is the major variable in the cause of disease.”

The Viseks met at the University of Nebraska, where Willard, who grew up on a farm, helped put himself through college by shoveling out the cattle barns owned by the College of Agriculture. His undergraduate studies were interrupted by World War II, during which he served in both the U.S. and Europe as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Upon returning to the states, he earned his PhD from Cornell and at the age of 37 received his MD from the University of Chicago.

A native of Nebraska, Priscilla shared her husband’s interest in nutrition and held various positions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her Master of Education degree. Prior to her retirement, she was an educational specialist in the division of instructional resources. Earlier in her career, she was the chief therapeutic dietitian at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she helped care for Enrico Fermi in the famed physicist’s final days.

One of the doctoral students who followed Willard from Cornell to UI Urbana-Champaign, Steven Clinton, PhD ’78, MD ’84, professor of internal medicine in the division of medical oncology at the Ohio State University Medical Center, gave a biographical tribute to his mentor during the inaugural lecture. “As a scientist, Willard was able to grow along with all the changes in the field over the years and was always looking ahead to the new tools that would provide better answers to research questions,” Clinton remembers.

Clinton says the Visek lecture series reflects this forward-looking approach: “They’re using the lectures to bring people at the cutting edge of the field to the Urbana campus, giving them the opportunity to share their findings and interact with the outstanding researchers there.”


Call for Abstracts
Due January 22, 2018

All abstracts must be submitted online. Late submissions will not be accepted.

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