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Professional Development Core Welcomes New Roadmap Scholars

Released: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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).

All three Scholars began on July 1st and have enrolled in the Masters of Science in Clinical Research program. Dr. Gao's project is titled "Radio Frequency Ablation and Renal Fibrosis in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats" and she will be investigating the role of chemokines in the pathology of hypertension and renal fibrosis. Dr. Myers' project is titled "Psychological Mechanisms Linking Food Insecurity and Obesity in Women" and will focus on food insecurity in women as a risk factor for obesity and its role in adverse health outcomes. Dr. Rutkai's project is titled "The Role of Mitochondria in the cerebral circulation" and will be studying the effects of estrogen in the regulation of the cerebrovascular circulation in terms of its protective effects against strokes. All three projects focus on significant regional public health problems, obesity, neuro and cardiovascular diseases, that are common in Louisiana and characteristic of disparity.

For further detail about each Scholar's project, please visit the following link on the Professional Development Core website:


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