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LA CaTS in the Community: Researchers utilizing a Community Advisory Board (CAB) for NIH Grant Submission, A Real World Example

Released: Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Grant Title: “A pragmatic, scalable e-health intervention for management of gestational weight gain in low-income mothers.”

Investigators: Dr. Leanne Redman, PI, Dr. L. Anne Gilmore, Co-I (Pennington Biomedical Research Center)

Drs. Redman and Gilmore presented their concept proposal for feedback to the LA CaTS Baton Rouge CAB at large. A subcommittee of the larger CAB consisting of 4 CAB members provided detailed feedback. Dr. Redman walked the CAB through the aims of her intended research in the Louisiana WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program which included at the heart, translation of a smart phone intervention (called SmartMoms) for healthy management of weight gain in pregnancy to the WIC population. The CAB was intimately involved in helping to determine: Selection of study outcomes, subject eligibility criteria, frequency of outcome assessment measures, recruitment and retention plan.

The CAB will have continued involvement in this research if funded. Namely in Phase 1

Phase 1 - Health Literacy and Cultural Adaptation of the Intervention

Phase 2 - Randomized controlled trial

Summary of BR CAB Activities

UPDATE: Dr Redman’s proposal received a 29th percentile score at the NIH review panel held October 16 and will resubmit in early March. Dr. Redman is waiting for the comments from the review panel and will share with the CAB in order to address the comments and submit a revised (and stronger) application.

The LA CaTS Center currently supports three CABs, one in New Orleans, one in Baton Rouge and a newly formed one in Shreveport. If you are interested in learning more about the LA CaTS CABs and how to utilize them in your research, contact the Community Engagement & Outreach Resource at or make a SPARC service request.


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