Monday, November 9, 2009

Loyola Honors Senior Scientist of the Year

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Receives Top Award

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) will honor Tom Gallagher, PhD, with the Senior Scientist of the Year Award. Gallagher is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at SSOM. The award ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, in SSOM’s Tobin Hall.

“Science is fundamentally interesting to me, and understanding nature has captured my attention since childhood,” said Gallagher. “I am honored to be recognized for my accomplishments in an area that truly intrigues and motivates me.”

Associate and full professors at SSOM were eligible for the Senior Scientist of the Year Award. Nominees could be basic, clinical and translational investigators. Selection criteria were based on scientific productivity, scholarly service in professional society activities, editorial board and peer-reviewed activities, service to the institution, research funding and mentoring of students and trainees. Gallagher, who lives in Naperville, Ill., was among several candidates nominated by his peers for this award. He was then selected by an ad hoc committee composed of SSOM faculty.

“Tom is an internationally recognized scientist and scholar who has been continually productive and committed to academia, research and training,” said Richard Kennedy, PhD, senior associate dean of research at SSOM and vice president of Health Sciences Research at Loyola University Health System. “We chose to honor Tom for the tremendous impact that he has had in training others and advancing the academic environment at SSOM and Loyola University Health System.”

Gallagher received his PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. He earned his degree in cell and molecular biology with a focus on virology. Gallagher went on to conduct postdoctoral work at the university and a postdoctoral fellowship at Scripps Research Institute, where he later became a senior research associate. Gallagher came to Loyola in 1992, where he continues to focus on virology. He currently is studying the corona virus, which commonly causes respiratory diseases. Gallagher will present information about his research during the Senior Scientist of the Year Award Ceremony.

“I am fortunate to have had such an enriching career in research, teaching and service at Loyola,” said Gallagher. “Our university makes these career opportunities available, and this award is truly a reflection of our daily interactions with students and colleagues that are honoring the scientific process.”


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.