Thursday, October 27, 2011

Richard Cooper, MD, Named Senior Scientist of the Year at Loyola

Edward Campbell, PhD, Named Junior Scientist of the Year

MAYWOOD, Ill. --Richard S. Cooper, MD, who has conducted groundbreaking research on the evolution of cardiovascular disease in people of African descent, has been named 2011 Scientist of the Year at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Cooper is chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology. Cooper and colleagues have recruited more than 20,000 participants in community-based studies in West Africa, the Caribbean and metropolitan Chicago. The work has demonstrated the role of changing environmental conditions on the evolution of cardiovascular risk.

Cooper serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on issues related to controlling cardiovascular disease in developing countries.

Before joining Loyola in 1989, Cooper was at Northwestern University, Cook County Hospital and the University of Illinois.

Edward Campbell, PhD, assistant professor of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, has been named 2011 Junior Scientist of the Year. The focus of Campbell's research is a protein called TRIM5a, which destroys HIV in rhesus monkeys. The research could lead to new TRIM5a-based treatments that would knock out HIV in humans.

Campbell received his doctorate from the University of Illinois Chicago College Of Medicine. He has received three National Institutes of Health grants and has published eight peer-reviewed papers since joining Loyola in November 2008.

Cooper and Campbell were honored during Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine's St. Albert's Day, an annual campuswide celebration of research.

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.