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Welcome Dr. Donna Ryan, LA CaTS Center Director & PI

Released: Monday, April 17, 2017

Dear LA CaTS Center Members,

I am honored to serve as Director and Principal Investigator of the Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center. The success of the LA CaTS Center, under the leadership of Dr. William Cefalu, Dr. Steve Nelson and Dr. Lee Hamm has been extraordinary. Dr. Cefalu’s effort as director over the past five years is most commendable. I, like Dr. Cefalu, am committed to support the LA CaTS Center’s mission to “encourage, support and expand clinical and translational research through partnerships both among researchers and with the people we serve”.  I will continue to strengthen and align activities toward the mission of the LA CaTS Center.

When I was approached with the proposition to be the next Executive Director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center and LA CaTS Center Principal Investigator, I agreed without equivocation, as this is “home” to me. My involvement in the development of the LA CaTS Center began well over ten years ago following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At that time, it was clearly recognized that the clinical and translational research infrastructure and research activity in Louisiana was significantly disrupted.  I then started the process for the collaborative efforts that have resulted in the consortium of institutions that now make up the LA CaTS Center. I hope that my vision and energy will even further enhance the potential of this vital Center and the impact on addressing our region’s unique health problems.

Thank you again for welcoming me back to the LA CaTS Center.


Donna H. Ryan, MD
Executive Director
Pennington Biomedical Research Center


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