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Linking to Other IDeA Programs: COBREs and INBRE

An important concept in maximizing the impact of the LA CaTS Center IDeA-CTR award is to seek synergies with other National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) IDeA funded research mentoring programs in the state. There are three types of IDeA Programs in Louisiana: COBREs (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence), an INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) and an IDeA-CTR (Institutional Development Award Program for Clinical and Translational Research).

COBREs support thematic multidisciplinary centers to augment and strengthen institutional research capacity by expanding and developing biomedical faculty research capability. COBRE promotes collaborative interactive efforts among researchers with complementary backgrounds, skills, and expertise; and to compete independently for external peer-reviewed center or program project grant support.

The mentees and junior faculty mentored under these programs are given priority status with the LA CaTS Center core services and resources.


COBRE Programs in Louisiana

PI/ Director
Pennington Biomedical Research Center Mentoring in Obesity and Diabetes Research in LA Thomas Gettys, PhD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center Metabolic Basis for Disease Jacqueline Stephens, PhD
LSU SVM Center for Lung Biology and Disease Samithamby Jey Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD
LSU SVM Center for Pre-Clinical Cancer Research Rhonda Cardin, PhD
LSU Health in Shreveport Center for Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes Andrew Yurochko, PhD
LSU Health in Shreveport Center for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease Chris Kevil, PhD
LSU Health in New Orleans (and Tulane HSC) Mentoring in Cardiovascular Biology Daniel Kapusta, PhD, FAHA
LSU Health in New Orleans Mentoring in Translational Research in LA Augusto Ochoa, MD
Tulane HSC Tulane COBRE for Clinical and Translational Research in Cardiometabolic Diseases Jiang He, MD, DSC, PhD
Tulane University Mentoring Research Excellence in Aging and Regenerative Medicine S. Michal Jazwinski, Ph.D.
LSU Health in New Orleans Center for Translational Viral Oncology (CTVO) Krzysztof Reiss, PhD

The IDeA program was established for the purpose of broadening the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical and behavioral research. The objectives of INBRE program are to: 1) continue to build on the established multi-disciplinary research network with a scientific focus to strengthen the lead and partner institutions' biomedical research expertise and infrastructure; 2) build and increase the research base and capacity by providing support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the participating institutions; 3) provide research opportunities for students from undergraduate institutions, community colleges and TCUs and serve as a "pipeline" for these students to continue in health research careers within IDeA states; 4) enhance science and technology knowledge of the state's workforce.

INBRE Program in Louisiana

Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) 3 Cores:
Administration and Outreach Bioinformatics/Biocomputing
Molecular and Cell Biology
K. Gus Kousoulas, PhD