The Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute of Loyola University Chicago is a unique community of scientists and clinicians devoted to the study of traumatic injury. As a multidisciplinary research institute, our programs, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Mosier, include both clinical and laboratory research relevant to trauma injury and burns. In our laboratories, our scientists investigate the body's reaction to injury and infection, with the hope that their research findings may someday lead to innovative therapies for trauma and burn patients.
In the hospital, Institute members and clinicians work together on numerous clinical studies and clinical trials. Currently, the Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute is actively participating in six prospective clinical trials to better understand the inflammatory response to burn, inhalation injury and infection; as well as three multicenter clinical trials collaborating with the American Burn Association Multicenter Trials Group and the Department of Defense. Through these trials we seek to gain new insight on the use of high volume hemofiltration in burn patients with sepsis and acute kidney injury, develop an inhalation injury scoring system with severity prediction and assess scaring and rehabilitation outcomes. To insure the future of our research, the Institute also maintains a strong commitment to the research training of pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and clinical trainees. Overall, the goal of our integrated programs is to reduce the devastating effects of traumatic injury.