Thursday, June 21, 2012

Loyola Researcher Honored by Clinical Chemistry Group

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Chicago researcher Jeanine Walenga, PhD, has received a top award from the Chicago chapter of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Walenga, who researches bleeding and blood clot disorders, received the Samuel R. Natelson Research Award, which recognizes scientists who have "contributed a significant body of work throughout their career that has had a scientific impact on the profession."

Walenga is a professor in the departments of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery and Pathology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She has been at Loyola for 33 years.

Walenga has helped develop laboratory methods to diagnose bleeding and clotting disorders, and has contributed to the development of new methods to monitor blood-thinning drugs. Her research also has led to the development of new anti-clotting medications, such as fondaparinux (Arixtra®).

She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in the laboratory diagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, or HIT. (Heparin is an anti-clotting drug, thrombocytopenia is an abnormal drop in blood cells involved in forming blood clots and HIT is an immune reaction to heparin.)

"Her scientific work is widely quoted and she has served as an expert to the U.S. Pharmacopeia and many professional organizations," said Jawed Fareed, PhD, director of Loyola's Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Program.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.