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 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.