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LA CaTS Center Announces First Round of Pilot Grant Awardees

Released: Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center has announced the recipients of its first round of 2012 Pilot Grants.
The following three grants were awarded to researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University and Pennington Biomedical Research Center from the funds of the LA CaTS Center.

  1. Dr. Eric Lazartigues- LSUHSC NO: "Evaluation of ACE2 as a biomarker for neurogenic hypertension"
  2. Dr. Gary Sander-Tulane University: "Relationship of uAGT to blood pressure and response to antihypertensive therapy"
  3. Dr. Daniel Hsia-PBRC: "Metabolic effects of short term sugarcane bagasse supplementation "

Based on the recommendations of the LA CaTS center, the following five grants were funded by the institutional match of their respective institutions:

  1. Dr. Jovanny Zabaleta-LSUHSC NO: "Transcriptional profiling of gastritis progression using high throughput sequencing of tissue microRNA"
  2. Dr. Francesca Peruzzi-LSUHSC NO: "Using Serum microRNAs as Biomarkers for Cognitive Impairment in HIV Patients"
  3. Dr. Suresh Alahari-LSUHSC NO: "MicroRNAs as prognostic markers of breast cancer "
  4. Dr. Zakaria Abd-Elmageed-Tulane University: "Discovering the Role of Putative MicroRNAs in Prostate Tumorigenesis"
  5. Dr. Minolfa Prieto-Tulane University: "Urinary Excretion of Renin and Soluble Prorenin Receptor in Hypertension"


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