About LA CaTS

Linking to CoBREs and INBRE

An important concept in maximizing the impact of the IDeA-CTR award in Louisiana is to seek synergies with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) -funded research mentoring programs in the state. Louisiana qualifies for Institutional Development Award (IDeA) funding for NIGMS. There are two types of these awards in Louisiana, the COBRE (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence) and INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence).

COBREs
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.

The CoBRE awards; Impact of LA CaTS Center

CoBRE Programs in Louisiana
Institution Theme 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 A&M Center for Lung Biology and Disease Samithamby Jey Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD
LSU A&M (LSU School of Veterinary medicine & Tulane National Primate Center) Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research Joel Baines, VMD, PhD
LSUHSC in Shreveport Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology Martin J. Sapp, PhD
LSUHSC in Shreveport Center for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease Chris Kevil, PhD
LSUHSC in New Orleans (and Tulane HSC) Mentoring in Cardiovascular Biology Daniel Kapusta, PhD, FAHA
LSUHSC 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.
LSUHSC in New Orleans Center for Translational Viral Oncology (CTVO) Krzysztof Reiss, PhD

INBRE
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