MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Gwendolyn L. Kartje, MD, PhD, one of the nation's top researchers in developing new treatments for stroke and spinal cord injuries, has been named director of the Neuroscience Institute of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Kartje is chief of Neuroscience Research at Edward J. Hines VA Hospital and a professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine.
Kartje will work with researchers at Loyola and Hines to establish collaborative neuroscience research. She also will network with researchers in other departments and institutes to create interdisciplinary teams that are internationally recognized.
"Dr. Kartje is a first-rate researcher and an outstanding administrator," said Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, Dean of Stritch School of Medicine and the Robert J. Freeark Professor of Surgery. "She is the ideal person to lead the continued development of translational neurosciences research at Loyola and Hines."
Loyola's Neuroscience Institute includes more than 70 faculty members from basic science and clinical departments at Loyola and neighboring Hines. Researchers seek to understand the fundamental mechanisms that underlie neurological traumas and diseases, with the goal of developing effective new treatment strategies.
Kartje is studying how to improve recovery after spinal cord injuries and strokes. She is researching several methods to enhance a process called neuronal plasticity, in which the intact part of the brain takes over the function of the damaged parts. One such method involves jumpstarting the growth of nerve fibers to compensate for brain cells destroyed by stroke.
Kartje received her PhD from Loyola University Chicago in 1984 and her MD from Stritch School of Medicine in 1988, where she also completed a neurology residency.
She is a lifelong resident of Brookfield.