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Congratulations to our new Pilot Grant Awardees

Released: Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The LA CaTS Pilot Grants Program is pleased to announce the awardees of the Round 6 Pilot Grants Funding Opportunity. There were more than 35 pre-applications submitted for this round. These investigators will receive pilot funding for one year from either federal or institutional funding. Abstracts for each project can be found on our Pilot Projects page: Congratulations to the following awardees:

Round 6 Pilot Grant Awardees

Applicant Institution Project Title
Christopher Marrero, MD LSUHSC-New Orleans Biological Predictors of Poor Surgical Outcomes Associated with Total Knee Arthroplasty
Koji Tsumagari, PhD Tulane University Molecular signature in whole blood RNA: Novel biomarker for treatment decision of castration resistant prostate cancer
Elizabeth Martin, PhD LSU A&M Evaluation of Obese Derived Adipose Stem Cell Matrix in the Induction of Luminal B Breast Cancer Endocrine Resistance
Fohkrul Hossain, PhD LSUHSC-New Orleans Obesity and Triple Negative Breast Cancer in Louisiana: Linking Health Disparities and Cancer Biology
Sanbao Ruan, MD LSUHSC-New Orleans Human Validation of Novel Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibodies to Prevent or Treat Pneumocystis Pneumonia
John Apolzan, PhD
Ursula White, PhD
Pennington Biomedical The effects of alcohol consumption on central adiposity and testosterone following weight loss in humans
Candida Rebello, PhD Pennington Biomedical Effect of Naringenin on Glucose Metabolism and Insulin Sensitivity: Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
Qiuyang Zhang, PhD Tulane University Targeting Inflamm-aging in Preventing Prostate Carcinogenesis
Dragana Lovre, MD Tulane University Molecular Mechanisms of a Tissue Selective Estrogen Complex (TSEC) on Muscle and Adipose Tissue in Postmenopausal Women.


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