Endowed Professorship Supports Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy Program at the UIC College of Pharmacy
A gift from the Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation will establish the Michael Reese Endowed Professorship in Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy at the UIC College of Pharmacy.
The contribution will allow the college to advance its educational and research programs related to heart disease, which is a leading cause of death for men and women.
“The Michael Reese Endowed Professorship will have a lasting impact by supporting an outstanding professor working in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy research,” said Glen Schumock, dean of the UIC College of Pharmacy. “This valuable support furthers our ability to discover novel therapies and treatments for patients, and impacts the education we provide to promising young pharmacists."
The gift builds on the college's long history of excellence in cardiovascular drug research and practice innovations. To date, the college's practice innovations include interdisciplinary programs shown to improve patient outcomes and reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to medication-related complications. Associated research has led to high-impact publications and national consensus statements and practice guidelines for the treatment and prevention of venous thrombosis, safe use of direct oral anticoagulants, and the delivery of optimized inpatient and outpatient anticoagulation therapy.
"We value our shared history with the Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation and its progenitor, the Michael Reese Hospital, where so many pharmacy leaders trained and advanced the practice," Schumock said. "We are grateful to the Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation for its continued support of the University of Illinois at Chicago.”
The endowed professorship drives the College of Pharmacy’s efforts to achieve three of its key IGNITE Campaign goals, which are to retain and grow world-class faculty, support the next generation of students and build research programs in key areas. And, it contributes to UIC’s $750 million IGNITE Campaign goal and its efforts to redefine the model for student experience and success, cultivate and empower faculty leaders and drive life-changing discovery.
The Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation was formed in 1991 when Humana took over the operation of the Michael Reese Hospital. While the hospital closed in 2009, its 127-year history of serving Chicago patients continues as the foundation actively supports area hospitals and medical centers, including UIC’s academic and clinical enterprises that foster quality health care.