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News For 2021

Professional Development Core Welcomes New Roadmap Scholars

Dec 1, 2021

Each year the Professional Development Core selects qualified Scholars into the program. The Roadmap Scholars are junior faculty members whose goals are to become sustainable independent researchers. This year, in addition to a submitted application, Scholars were interviewed by all three Co-Directors and the Research Navigator. Please join us in welcoming the 6th Cohort of Roadmap Scholars: Juan Gao, MD (LSUHSC), Candice Myers, PhD (Pennington), and Ibolya Rutkai, PhD (Tulane University).

LA CaTS Center’s Dr. Leanne Redman Receives 2021 Obesity Society Award

Nov 15, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Leanne Redman, Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, as she is the recipient of the 2021 Thomas A Wadden Distinguished Mentorship Award from The Obesity Society.

LA CaTS Center NIH Award Tackles "Long COVID"

Nov 15, 2021

LA CaTS Center Primary Collaborating Institutions, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU Health New Orleans, and Tulane University are participating sites for the NIH “Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) national initiative.  T

Congratulations to our 2021 Pilot Grant Awardees

Jul 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: /research-funding/pilot-projects/. Congratulations to the following awardees:

Xavier University Awarded Funds from CDC Foundation to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities in African Americans

Jun 28, 2021

LA CaTS Center Research Partner, Xavier University of Louisiana, was recently awarded $420,000 from the CDC Foundation to help address health disparities and to raise awareness of COVID-19 infections in the African American population in New Orleans. Congratulations to Dr. Faye Grimsley, principal investigator, on the award addressing this very important public health topic and we wish her much success on this effort.

LA CaTS Announces 2021 Community Scholars Program Teams

Jun 15, 2021

The Community Engagement and Outreach Core (CEO Core) is pleased to announce the Cohort 4 awardees of the Louisiana Community Scholars Program: 

LSU Health Shreveport Awarded NIH COBRE Research Grant

May 27, 2021

LSU Health Shreveport, a LA CaTS Center Research Partner, was recently awarded a NIH Center of Excellence Research Grant for over $10.5M for five years. This will be used to establish the Center for Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes (CAIPP). Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Yurochko, Professor and Carroll Feist Endowed Chair of Viral Oncology, Vice-Chair of Microbiology and Immunology, and Director of the Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats, who is the principal investigator and director of the new center.

Pennington Biomedical Launches "Obecity, USA" National Public Service Campaign

May 27, 2021

In early May, Pennington Biomedical Research Center launched a national public service campaign Obecity, USA, that marks a milestone for Pennington Biomedical.

NIH Announces Webinar: Studying COVID-19 Using Real-World Data (N3C) May 13th

May 3, 2021

NIH and N3C announced an upcoming Zoom presentation from Dr. Kenneth Gersing (NCATS) on "Studying COVID-19 Real World Data: Lessons Learned and Steps Forward After One Year of the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C)", on Thursday, May 13th at 12:00pm. This event is co-sponsored by the LA CaTS Center. 

LA CaTS Announces Research Coordinator's Training on May 21, 2021

May 3, 2021

The LA CaTS Clinical Research Resources Team announced the next Level 2 Research Coordinator Training, planned for Friday, May 21, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event will be fully virtual this year. All LA CaTS institutions are invited to attend. There will be no cost to attend the training and all attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

LSU Health New Orleans Launches New MS Bioinformatics Degree Program

Mar 23, 2021

Louisiana State University Health Sciences School of Graduate Studies (LSUHSC-SOGS) in New Orleans has launched a two (2) year 35-40 credit hour MS Biomedical Sciences-Bioinformatics Track degree program starting fall semester 2021. The goal of the MS Biomedical Sciences - Bioinformatics Track Program is to train and equip the next generation of scientists and biomedical professionals for career pathways in bioinformatics, computational genomics and precision medicine. Students enrolled in this program will learn how to apply cutting edge technologies such as genetic algorithms, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies to analysis and integration of complex omics and other biological data to address biomedical and life sciences questions. 

Dr. Griffin Rodgers to Present to LA CaTS on the Future of NIDDK Clinical Research.

Mar 23, 2021

Save the Date for a plenary talk on “The Future of NIDDK Clinical Research” by Dr. Griffin Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a branch of the NIH, as our guest speaker. The event is sponsored by the LA CaTS Professional Development Core and will be held Friday, March 26th, 2021 from 12pm – 1pm. 

Xavier University’s College of Pharmacy Research on COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Presented to President

Feb 22, 2021

Sara Al-Dahir, PharmD, and her team in the College of Pharmacy were selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to present their research on vaccine hesitancy to the Biden administration. The research project was developed in response to the NIH sending a Notice of Special Interest (NSI) offering funding for research done on COVID-19 testing in the summer of 2020. Dr. Al-Dahir’s team went the extra step to focus solely on vaccine hesitancy in the African American community. Read the full article on Xavier University’s website.

LA CaTS Announces Investigator Access to NIH COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C)

Feb 22, 2021

N3C is building a centralized national data resource — the NCATS N3C Data Enclave — that the research community can use to study COVID-19 and identify potential treatments as the pandemic continues to evolve. Specifically, the N3C will enable the rapid collection and analysis of clinical, laboratory and diagnostic data from hospitals and health care plans. If successful, this approach will be applicable to other research questions and may serve as a model for addressing future public health emergencies.