Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Loyola Research Funding Jumps 34%

Funding boost includes 60% increase from NIH, fueled by federal stimulus money

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The amount of competitive extramural research funding directly received by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing increased 34 percent in fiscal year 2010 to $47.3 million. When research support at the adjacent Hines VA Hospital is included, the combined amount totals $64.7 million. The majority of Loyola's outside funding, $30.9 million, came from the National Institutes of Health. This amount is 60 percent higher than the NIH funding Loyola received in fiscal year 2009. (Loyola's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.) NIH awards in fiscal year 2010 included $6.7 million in federal stimulus money, including $2.7 million for enhancing research computing facilities. So far in calendar years 2009 and 2010, faculty at Stritch School of Medicine and Niehoff School of Nursing have published more than 450 peer-reviewed papers in biomedical, nursing and health-care journals. "Despite these very difficult financial times, our faculty have been able to achieve an impressive growth in extramural funding and continued commitment to our graduate training programs," said Richard Kennedy, PhD, vice president for Health Sciences Research. "We are on track to meet our target of increasing research funding by 50 percent -- along with a concomitant growth in research training -- over the next five years."

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.