Dear Health Sciences Division Colleagues,

This has been an exciting year for the Health Sciences Division. The opening of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing building and the Center for Simulation Education in the Stritch School of Medicine building put the spotlight on our commitment to collaborative learning. We’ve made great strides to stay on the leading edge of health sciences education and research. And while the year is winding down, we certainly are not.

I am pleased to announce that – after a year of thoughtful design and strategic financial planning – the Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE) is becoming a reality. Construction should begin by summer and we expect completion in late 2015 or early 2016. Total cost will be $137 million, shared by Loyola and our Trinity Health partners.

The CTRE will be built on the parking lot between the Stritch building and Maguire Center, north of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center (CBCC). Except for CBCC research facilities and clinical projects conducted in collaboration with Loyola University Health System (LUHS), all research space will move to this facility to allow greater collaboration among investigators and trainees.

Promoting Interdisciplinary Research
The building (pictured above) is designed to promote interdisciplinary bench-to-bedside research including faculty for developing a University-wide Institute of Public Health. Bench and dry laboratory scientists will work on five research floors above ground, with adjacencies to support continuing development of research programs. These programs will be linked to LUHS clinical priorities including burn shock trauma and neuroscience, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and immunology, oncology, and public health.

Core facilities, the Office of Research Services and Graduate Programs, and related research compliance offices will be located in the building to enhance investigator access and utilization. In addition to conference rooms on each floor, the building will include a 250-seat auditorium and lecture facilities.

Added to the 29,000 square feet of laboratory and office space in the adjoining CBCC, the new facility will result in approximately 259,000 square feet of research space in the center of campus. This will provide the infrastructure required to meet our target of increasing research productivity by 40 to 50 percent.

Thanks to the Building Committee
A committee representing all of the major research components on campus was instrumental in the initial design of the facility. We are grateful for their hard work under the leadership of Richard Kennedy, PhD, vice provost for Research and Graduate Programs for the Health Sciences Division.

I will be providing additional progress reports leading up to the groundbreaking and throughout construction. Meanwhile, I invite you to share your comments or questions with us via e-mail at

Enjoy the holidays, and rest up for what promises to be a wonderfully exciting new year!


Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS
Sr. Vice President and Provost of Health Sciences
Loyola University Chicago