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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.

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit LUC.edu/hsd.

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