Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Loyola's Pharmacology Department Ranks Third in Scientific Publications in U.S.

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- New rankings show the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine ranks third in the country in the number of scientific publications per faculty member.

On average, Loyola faculty members published 3.49 research papers per year in peer-reviewed journals from 2000 to 2006. That's the third-highest average among 116 pharmacology and toxicology departments, according to The National Research Council's 2010 rankings of research doctorate programs.

Loyola's PhD program in Pharmacology and Therapeutics ranked 24th out of 116 programs. It ranked higher than any other pharmacology graduate program in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa. It also ranked higher than the University of Michigan. Loyola was fourth in the number of students who received extramural fellowship funding. In research activity, Loyola ranked higher than other major institutions such as Boston University, University of Wisconsin, Case Western, Georgetown, Penn State and Cornell.

“These rankings are a reflection of our faculty's hard work and dedication to graduate education, as well as their cutting-edge research," said department Chairman Tarun B. Patel, PhD.

Pharmacology research incorporates knowledge from all fields of biomedical research. Pharmacologists at Loyola study the molecular mechanisms of action of drugs, neurotransmitters, hormones and viruses to identify targets for therapeutic intervention in diseases.

Loyola's Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics offers degrees leading to PhD, MS, MD/PhD and MS/MBA. Faculty research interests include neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, hematology and oncology. Research ranges from test-tube studies with recombinant proteins to epidemiological studies of human subjects.

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.