Loyola University Chicago Unveils Center for Translational Research and Education

22 April 2016
Loyola University Chicago Unveils Center for Translational Research and Education

MAYWOOD, IL, April 21, 2016

 

The five-story, $137 million Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE) is the collaborative initiative of Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Health System, and Trinity Health.

 

The 225,000-square-foot building will house 500 students, faculty, and staff.  It’s the biggest and most complex building the University has ever built, and a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is expected. The CTRE includes two two-story atriums to promote outside-the-lab collaboration, a 90-seat seminar room, and a 265-seat auditorium for lectures and health-related community events.

 

“In medicine, research is a team effort and collaboration leads to innovative discoveries,” said John P. Pelissero, PhD, interim president of Loyola University Chicago. “This state-of-the-art facility will bring together our Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the Loyola University Health System on an exciting cooperative journey with one unified goal—the rapid translation of fundamental science discoveries into real treatments for human health.”

 

The CTRE features large, open lab spaces, making it easier for researchers from different teams and scientific disciplines to interact and share equipment. The second and third floors are connected by internal stairs, creating a shared common meeting space and kitchen for researchers. The fourth and fifth floors have similar collaboration spaces.

 

The CTRE was jointly funded by Loyola University Chicago and Trinity Health, which acquired Loyola University Health System in 2011.

 

“We are very excited to partner with Loyola University Chicago in building this world-class center,” said Richard J. Gilfillan, MD, president and CEO of Trinity Health. “The CTRE represents our most significant investment to date in translational research and education.”

 

Larry M. Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, noted that Loyola is one of few academic medical centers in the country in which a hospital, medical school, nursing school, and major research center are connected on one campus. “This provides us with a unique synergy to develop leading-edge treatments, from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside,” Goldberg said.

 

The CTRE is designed to foster collaboration and productivity among scientists. It closely aligns with the University’s five-year strategic plan, “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” which includes a focus of promoting multidisciplinary collaboration to address societal challenges.

 

Scientists in areas such as public health, infectious disease and immunology, burn and shock trauma, cardiovascular, and oncology occupy the building. A few examples of research being conducted at the CTRE include:

 

Understanding heart failure. A lab headed by Seth L. Robia, PhD, associate professor and co-director of Loyola’s Cardiovascular Research Institute, is working to understand how heart muscle responds to exercise and rest and how this process breaks down in heart failure.

 

Can vitamin D help depression and diabetes? Sue M. Penckofer, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, has received a $1.49 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether vitamin D supplementation can relieve depression in women with type 2 diabetes—as well as help them better manage their diabetes.

 

What causes Parkinson’s disease? A protein called alpha-synuclein plays an important role in the normal functioning of healthy brain cells, but in Parkinson's disease patients, the protein malfunctions, killing brain cells responsible for motor control. William P. Flavin, an MD/PhD student at the Stritch School of Medicine, is using microscopic techniques to follow the protein’s movement and function.

 

To learn more about Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Translational Research and Education, visit LUC.edu/ctre.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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, Illinois. 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 healthcare system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 90 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 95,000 employees.