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Congratulations to our 2021 Pilot Grant Awardees

Released: Friday, July 16, 2021

The LA CaTS Pilot Grants Program is pleased to announce the awardees of the Round 10 Pilot Grants Funding Opportunities. Abstracts for each project can be found on our Pilot Projects page: https://www.lacats.org/research-funding/pilot-projects/. Congratulations to the following awardees:

Round 10 Pilot Grants Projects



Project Title

Yilin Yoshida, PhD

Tulane University

Sex Differences in COVID-19 Outcomes: Role of Sex Hormones, Inflammatory Biomarkers, Comorbidities, and Socio-demographic Factors

Vance L. Albaugh, MD, PhD

Pennington Biomedical

Intestinal Glucose Utilization Drives the Weight Loss Benefits of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Rutkai Ibolya, PhD

Tulane University

Role of mitochondrial quality control in vascular aging

Timothy Allerton, PhD

Pennington Biomedical

The Role of Hydrogen Sulfide in Adipose Tissue Microvascular Function in Obesity-Associated Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction

Prachi Singh, PhD

Pennington Biomedical

Addressing health disparities in African Americans – exploring sleep and developing interventions

Larissa Sweeny, MD

LSU Health New Orleans

Characterizing Immune Response in Viral and Non-Viral Mediated Oropharyngeal Carcinomas

Maria Sanchez-Pino, PhD

LSU Health New Orleans

Epigenetic signature of obese-induced MDSC: decoding the link with increased risk for Cancer

Yinghua Jiang, MD, PhD

Tulane University


Preclinical pharmacological evaluation of novel therapeutic compound itaconate for treating ischemic stroke complication in HIV Tg26 mice

Eman Toraih, MD, PhD

Tulane University

miR-145/MMP9 ratio for prediction of recurrence in patients with well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma patients     



About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit www.lacats.org.