Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dr. Gwendolyn L. Kartje Named Director of Loyola's Neuroscience Institute

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.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.