InDIRI Annual Retreat

In February, InDIRI hosted its third annual retreat at Hyatt Lodge, McDonald’s Hamburger University in Oak Brook. The overall goals of the retreat were to: provide opportunities for clinicians and basic science faculty to meet each other and engage in meaningful dialog; advance student presentation skills; and share research results from work supported by InDIRI research projects.

InDIRI Retreat Featured Speakers and Projects:

Jay Radke, PhD and Erin Lowery, MD 

Translational studies of the effects of AD14-infected cells on human alveolar macrophage function

Katherine Radek, PhD and Paul O’Keefe, MD

Epidermal Cholinergic Activation and Chronic Wound Pathogenesis

Chris Wiethoff, PhD and Katherine Radek, PhD

Novel Vaccines for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Stuart Johnson, MD and Adam Driks, PhD

Effect of Binary Toxin on adherence and colonization of Clostridium difficile in Hamster Intestine

Phong Le, PhD, Alan Wolfe, PhD and Elizabeth Mueller, MD

Human Urothelium Homeostasis: Function of IL22 and Microbiota

Thomas Gallagher, PhD and Pauline Camacho, MD

IFITM5-mediated Osteogenesis Imperfecta

ORI & InDIRI Research Night Poster Session

On May 19, 2015, the Oncology Research Institute (ORI) and Infectious Disease and Immunology Research Institute (InDIRI) hosted a research night poster session at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center Auditorium. The event was a great success and a total of 49 posters were presented. The purpose of the event was to provide an environment that promoted scientific dialogue between the two research institutes and academic growth to help create outstanding future scientists. More than 80 students and faculty members from both Institutes participated, discussed their research and found the event scientifically and socially rewarding. Students and faculty look forward to having this event again in the future. Two researchers from each institute were awarded prize for the best poster presentations. Two winning posters from InDIRI were:

  •  “A novel role for umbilical cord blood monocytes in inducing CD4 and CD8 regulatory T Cells” by Jessical Lee, a MD/PhD student in the lab of Dr. Makio Iwashima.
  • “Mechanisms by which commensal exopolysaccharides limit inflammation” by Mallory Paynich, a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Katherine Knight.

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Dr. Wolfe's research was featured in Men's Health Magazine

Your urine isn’t sterile. Dr. Alan Wolfe, one of our faculty member, was featured in the article "7 Lies You've Been Told about Your Own Body" on Men's Health Magazine on June 18. 

Dr. Wolfe's research has also been posted on Science Daily. Click here to read the research about "Study debunks common misconception that urine is sterile". 

Dr. Knight received 2015 Marion Spencer Fay Award

Congratulations Dr. Knight! Dr. Katherine Knight is the 2015 recipient of the Marion Spencer Fay Award. The Marion Spencer Fay Award is a national award to honor achievement and excellence in medicine and science and is presented to a woman of distinction, innovation and leadership. She is the Chairperson for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago. She was one of InDIRI's Co-Directors for the past several years.

June Celebration Event

On June 30, 2015, InDIRI hosted a celebration event to congratulate our students who won awards this past academic year. During the event, faculty and students congratulated the four award winners, shared research ideas of their research and enjoyed light refreshments. We are proud of you InDIRI award winners!

  • Alex Argianas - 2015 The Winner of the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award at  Loyola University Chicago
  • Evann Hilt - 2015 The winner of the Loyola Graduate School Award for the Thesis of the Year in Biomedical Studies and the Sciences - “Characterization of the female urinary microbiota and their association with the female bladder uroepithelium”
  • Mallory Paynich - 2015 The Winner of the poster session at ORI & InDIRI Research Night
  • Jessica Lee - 2015 The Winner of the poster session at ORI & InDIRI Research Night

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2015 Graduate Student Orientation

On July 30 and 31, the Graduate School at Health Sciences Division host 2015 graduate student orientation. Five new students in the Master's program in Infectious Disease and Immunology attended the orientation. New students from InDIRI and Dept. of Microbiology had lunch together with the current students (shown in the picture). Welcome to Loyola, new students!


Loyola urogynecologists earn prestigious NIH grant

The Division of Urogynecology has been awarded a $3.7 million National Institutes of Health U01 grant over five years to study “Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women.” Loyola, along with five other centers, will design and implement studies to prevent symptoms such as urinary incontinence from middle school to post-menopausal women.

Congratulations to principal investigators Elizabeth Mueller, MD, and Linda Brubaker, MD, and to Colleen Fitzgerald, MD; Cynthia Brincat, MD; Alan J. Wolfe, PhD and David Shoham, PhD, MSPH, who also are involved with the grant. This is a tremendous accomplishment which will advance an important area of care for women.