MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Kathryn J. Jones, PhD, an internationally known neuroscience researcher, has been named director of the Neuroscience Institute, Loyola University Chicago.
The Neuroscience Institute at Loyola focuses on trauma to and degenerative diseases of the nervous system. It is supported by Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine.
"I look forward to the energy and leadership she will bring to this important institute," said Stritch Dean Dr. John M. Lee.
Jones' main research focus is on the potential of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone to repair damage in patients with peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries. She also is doing research in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). Her work has been continually funded since the 1980s by the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration, American Paralysis Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Her research is internationally recognized, and her studies have been published in top neuroscience journals.
Jones received her PhD from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center and did her postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University. She came to Loyola in 1994, and is a professor in the departments of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Otolaryngology. Jones has a joint appointment at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, where she is a research career scientist.
Jones noted that Loyola has a rich tradition in basic neuroscience research at both the medical school in Maywood and at the lakeshore campus in Chicago. Loyola also has a highly regarded graduate program in the neurosciences. "We hope to capitalize on those accomplishments as we look to partner with the clinical neurosciences in developing outstanding translational neuroscience research at Loyola," she said. "Our goal is to discover new neurotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of neurological trauma and disease."
Jones lives in River Forest with her husband, Dr. Donald Soucek, and their daughter, Sydney.