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Clinical Research Resources 


Judd Shellito

Judd Shellito, MD
CRR Director
LSU Health New Orleans 


Vivian Fonseca

Vivian Fonseca, MD
CRR Co-Director
Tulane University 




Frank Greenway

Frank Greenway, MD
CRR Co-Director
Pennington Biomedical Research Center


Stuart Chalew

Stuart Chalew, MD
Pediatrics Site Leader
Children's Hospital, New Orleans




Paul Fidel

Paul Fidel, Jr. , PhD
Dental School Site Leader
LSU School of Dentistry 


About This Core

The Clinical Research Resources (CRR) Key Component aims to provide a seamless approach and comprehensive network of Clinical Trial Units (CTUs) to support clinical and translational research across Louisiana. CRR supports a uniform and systematic approach to clinical research deployed across all institutions of the LA CaTS Center with a rational allocation of facilities, equipment, trained personnel and uniform systems (standard operating procedures, electronic applications and good clinical practices). This standardization and uniform approach has several important advantages to investigators: 

  • allows for efficiency in multisite clinical research projects;
  • makes it possible for knowledge on conducting clinical research to be more easily disseminated across multiple institutions;
  • facilitates collaboration;
  • makes it easier for PhDs (especially COBRE and INBRE mentees) to engage in clinical research;
  • makes it possible for community-based clinics and community physicians to be part of the clinical research enterprise; and
  • is more feasible to share resources and avoid duplication of effort.

The LA CaTS Clinical Trial Units (CTUs)

The LA CaTS Center CTUs are located across the state and our participating institutions in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, some new and some have been open for some time. A list of the current CTU sites and contacts can be found on the below. What classifies a clinical site as a LA CaTS CTU? They are either funded with LA CaTS Center grant funds, funded by the LA CaTS member institution, or have committed research staff to conduct and support clinical and translational research studies.

Clinical Sites & Contacts:

6400 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Frank Greenway, MD
Frank.Greenway@pbrc.edu
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1440 Canal St., Suite 1700
New Orleans, LA
Roberta McDuffie, ACNS-BC, MSN, BSBA, CDE
rmcduffi@tulane.edu
504-988-0200
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2025 Gravier St.
Seton Building Room 652
New Orleans, LA 70112
Main phone: 504-568-2266
Virginia Garrison, RN
vgarri@lsuhsc.edu
504-568-2285
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Kelly Treas
Kdufr2@lsuhsc.edu
504-941-8321
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Each CTU has a Research Facilitator assigned to work one-on-one with investigators to carry a research project through from the planning stage to study completion.

A list of services offered by the LA CaTS CTUs can be found on SPARC or by contacting the CTU Facilitator directly.

Emphasis on Training Professional Development

The CRR team offers various training programs to research professionals from the clinical coordinator level to the experienced senior investigator. Click HERE to see a description of our current training programs and when they are offered.