Research Visit to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical Science Building & Beckman Institute
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Online Registration:

Paper Form Registration click here

The Kiwanis I-I District members have been invited to visit the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in a collaborative effort to raise awareness and support of two of our medical researchers supported by our Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation.

Dr. Stephanie Ceman Dr. Ceman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute and the Institute for Genomic biology. She works on understanding how the Fragile X Mental Retardation gene 1 (FMR1) is critical for normal learning and memory. In addition, children with Fragile X Syndrome also have autism so her work will give insight into the molecular basis of that disorder as well.

Dr. Dan Llano Dr. Llano is an Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, the Neuroscience Program and the Beckman Institute. His research is focused on the organization of the central auditory system and how it adapts to peripheral hearing loss during aging. To do this work, Dr. Llano employs a range of electrophysiological and optical techniques in small animal models. In addition, Dr. Llano maintains a clinical practice that is focused on the impact of aging and neurodegeneration on cognition and behavior.

Medical Sciences Building
506 South Matthews Avenue, Room 321 (3rd Floor)
Urbana, IL 61801

Program & Tour Schedule *
8:00-8:15 AM Arrive at Medical Science Building
8:30 AM Dr. Stephanie Ceman Presentation
9:00 AM Dr. Daniel Llano Presentation
9:30AM Tour of Dr. Ceman’s Lab
10:30AM Tour of Dr. Llano’s Lab at Beckman Institute
11:30AM Q & A Session
12:30 PM Dismissal for Optional Lunch Gathering with Researchers

Must arrive between 8-8:15 a.m. to the address listed above to get through security
Map available by clicking here

There is metered parking on Goodwin Avenue, Illinois Avenue and in the Krannert Performing Arts Center (entrance to parking on Illinois Avenue). There is also limited metered parking at the Beckman Institute (off of Matthews Street) and in a large parking deck to the east of Beckman off of Matthews Street. 

There is not a hotel room block, if a hotel room is needed. Hotels recommended by the Researchers in the area are:
Illini Union,

Marriott (Green St),


Hampton Inn,


Foundation Website:

To Donate Online, please click here

To send a donation check to the office:
please make payable to Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation
and mail to:
I-I Kiwanis District
2416 E. Washington St, Suite B-2
Bloomington, IL  61704-4893

The Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation was organized in 1952. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial grants to top level medical and scientific researchers specializing in diseases of the central nervous system. Grant recipients are located in proximity to the I-I District. They make application to the Foundation for financial support of a project, the application is reviewed by the Medical Director, Dr. Rodger Elble and the Foundation officers. Typical grants are then pledged for $20,000 a year over a 3 to5 year period. Each researcher provides annual written reports on the progress of their research to the Medical Director. Grants are given to the researcher, not the institution, with direction that the funds are not to be applied to the administrative costs of the institution, but specifically to the cost of the project. The annual grant budget for the Foundation is about $300,000 annually. The foundation has its own Board, made up of the I-I District Officers and 3 Lt. Governors, in addition to three of the medical researchers.  The I-I District Circle K and Key Club Governors are also honorary members of the Foundation Board.

What is Spastic Paralysis?
Spastic Paralysis is not necessarily a disease itself, but a symptom of various diseases or medical conditions of the central nervous system that cause spasticity (stiff or rigid muscles that interfere with walking, movement, or speech). Research has included diseases such as brain tumors, spina bifida, Alzheimer, genetic causes of mental retardation such as fragile x syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, stroke rehabilitation, neonatal care and developmental disabilities of prematurely born infants. Other research has been purely scientific in the development of medical equipment and techniques used to study the nervous system.

The Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation is a charitable organization as defined under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code, so contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.

History of the Foundation: 1952-2002 (download now)

Overview of the Foundation (download now)

Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation
60th Anniversary Celebration

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