Thursday, July 25, 2013

Loyola's Alcohol Research Program Receives Four NIH Grants Totaling More than $3 Million

MAYWOOD, Ill. – The Alcohol Research Program at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine recently received four research grants, totaling more than $3 million, from the National Institutes of Health.

A fifth grant is pending notification of the award.

Following, for each of the four grants, are the name of the principal investigator, name of the grant, number of years, total dollar amount, and type of grant.

  • Mashkoor Choudhry, PhD, "Alcohol Intoxication and Postburn Intestinal Immunity," $2,309,873, five years, R01
  • John Callaci, PhD, "Alcohol Effects on SDF1-Mediated Stem Cell Homing following Bone Fracture," $396,376, two years, R21
  • Gwendolyn Kartje, MD, PhD, "The Effects of Binge Ethanol on Neuroinflammation/Functional Recovery after Traumatic Brain Injury,” $330,750, two years, R21
  • Jill Ippolito, "Ethanol, Lung Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Pulmonary Inflammation after Burn Injury" $97,125, three years, F31

Loyola’s nationally recognized Alcohol Research Program investigates such issues as how heavy drinking hinders the body's ability to recover from burns or trauma; how alcohol abuse damages bones; and whether teen binge drinking can increase the risk of mood disorders later in life.

The internationally diverse program, under the leadership of Elizabeth J. Kovacs, PhD, investigates the effects of alcohol on organ systems. It includes about 50 faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and technicians.

The program is funded by grants from the NIH and other external funding resources. The focus is on research, education, and prevention.

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 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 91 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.