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LA CaTS Center Announces Second Round of Pilot Grant Awardees

Released: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The following three grants were awarded to researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University and Xavier University from the funds of the LA CaTS Center.

  1. Dr. Timothy Foster - LSUHSC NO: "Evaluation of peg-Arginase I as a Therapeutic for Virus-Mediated Ocular Diseases"
  2. Dr. Eva Morava-Kozicz - Tulane University: "Screening for glycosylation disorders and study galactose intake in PGM1-CDG"
  3. Dr. Guangdi Wang - Xavier University: "Boron-based 4-hydroxytamoxifen and endoxifen prodrugs for treatment of breast cancer"

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

  1. Dr. Jesus Lovera - LSUHSC NO: "Targeted microRNA analysis in Multiple Sclerosis associated cognitive decline"
  2. Dr. Rebecca Fisher - LSUHSC NO: "HPV and EBV Serum Antibodies as Prognostic Markers for Cervical Cancer"
  3. Dr. Erich Conrad - LSUHSC NO: "Assessing and Reducing Risk of Violent Re-injury among Victims of Urban Violence"
  4. Dr. Yan Cui - LSUHSC NO: "Contribution of a specialized human myeloid population in mobilized peripheral blood stem cell specimens to accelerating post-transplant"
  5. Dr. Zhen Lin - Tulane University: "Analysis of the Pathogenesis of HIV/EBV associated DLBCL"
  6. Dr. T. Cooper Woods - Tulane University: "Plaque Destabilization through Shear Stress Mediated Decreases in miR-221/222"
  7. Dr. Jerome Maderdrut - Tulane University: "Development of a PACAP Analog as a Therapeutic for Contrast-Induced Nephropathy"
  8. Dr. Bridgette Collins-Burow - Tulane University: "Selective targeting of the metastatic-invasive phenotype of triple-negative breast carcinoma"
  9. Dr. Malwina Czarny-Ratajczak - Tulane University: "Investigation of novel genetic factors predisposing to multiple epiphyseal dysplasia and osteoarthritis"


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