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LSU Health Shreveport Promising COVID-19 Clinical Trial

Apr 14, 2020

LA CaTS Center Research Parter, LSU Health Shreveport, is one of the first centers in the country to enroll patients into an international study testing whether inhaled nitric oxide improves outcomes in COVID-19 patients with lung damage. See links to various news articles below for more information.

LA CaTS Institutions Appointed To Governor's COVID-19 and Health Disparities Task Force

Apr 14, 2020

Publication Spotlight - Anne Gilmore, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Apr 8, 2020

LA CaTS Center Roadmap Scholar & Pilot Grant Awardee

LA CaTS Center Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19): Update on Events, Opportunities & Services

Mar 26, 2020

The LA CaTS Center (IDeA-CTR) will continue to connect with our research community during this time by providing online access to meetings and educational opportunities as much as possible. However, as we plan for our CTR center operations within and between our institutional partners to be virtual for the time being, below is an update on our center events, service requests and deadlines as of March 18, 2020. We will be sure to update you on changes as they occur. Our top priority is the safety of all of our members across the state. Any questions or concerns can be sent to

March LA CaTS Webcast: SPARC 101: LA CaTS Services & How to Request Them

Mar 24, 2020

Please join us for the next LA CaTS Webcast on Thursday, March 26th at 2:30pm. Brian Melancon, SPARC Project Lead will present "SPARC 101: LA CaTS Services & How to Request Them". This is an interactive presentation and attendees will be able to engage and ask questions during the webcast. This webcast is especially important for those investigators that will be submitting applications for funding opportunities.

Tulane's Drury Receives NIH Award to Standardize Research in Genetic Aging

Feb 4, 2020

Congratulations to Tulane University neuroscientist, Dr. Stacy Drury, on receiving a $2.9 million grant from NIH to lead a research network to standardize part of a chromosome related to genetic aging.

LA CaTS Welcomes Dr. Leanne Redman as Professional Development Co-Director

Feb 4, 2020

The LA CaTS Center welcomes Leanne M. Redman, MD, PhD as the new Professional Development Core Co-Director and lead for Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Dr. Redman is replacing Dr. Phil Brantley, who has been the professional development lead for Pennington Biomedical since 2012. She will co-direct the Professional Development Core along with Vivian Fonseca, MD (Tulane University, lead) and Paula Gregory, PhD (LSUHSC-New Orleans). The overall goal of the Professional Development Core is to educate and train academic faculty and trainees to pursue clinical/translational research to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities of Louisiana residents.Click HERE (/cores/professional-development/) for more details on the LA CaTS Professional Development Core.

LA CaTS Announces 2020 Professional Development Speaker on "Using Social Media for Science"

Feb 4, 2020

LA CaTS Professional Development Core Announces 2020 Plenary Talk Speaker

LA CaTS Announces 2020 Community Scholars Program Teams

Jan 9, 2020

The Community Engagement and Outreach Core (CEO Core) is pleased to announce the Cohort 3 awardees of the Louisiana Community Scholars Program: 

October LA CaTS Webcast Featuring the Pilot Grants Program (10/31/19)

Oct 29, 2019

Save the Date for the next LA CaTS Webcast on Thursday, October 31st at 2:30pm. Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, Co-Director of the LA CaTS Pilot Grants Program will present "Pilot Grants Program Funding Opportunities". Dr. Katzmarzyk will give an overview of the present and upcoming funding opportunities and helpful tips for those wanting to apply. Specifically, this will cover information on the Visiting Scholar and Grant Development Programs, and the next Pilot Grant Opportunity (2020-Round 9) planned to be released in November 2019. This is an interactive presentation and attendees will be able to engage and ask questions during the webcast.

World-Renowned Bariatric Surgeon Joins Pennington Biomedical to Head New Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery Program

Oct 23, 2019

Public-Private Partnership Creates Infrastructure for Next Steps to Improving Care for Patients with Obesity

Dr. Candida Rebello Publishes LA CaTS Pilot in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism

Oct 8, 2019

Candida Rebello, PhD, Post-doctoral Researcher at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, recently published an article in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, est. audience 6.1 million. Dr. Rebello was awarded a LA CaTS Pilot Award in 2018 funded by Pennington Biomedical titled "Clinical Safety and Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Naringenin: Single Dose Escalation Randomized Double Blind Controlled Trial".

Congratulations to our 2019 Pilot Grant Awardees

Oct 8, 2019

The LA CaTS Pilot Grants Program is pleased to announce the awardees of the Round 8 Multi-Institutional Pilot Grants and the Special Round Diabetes Focused Pilot Grants Funding Opportunities. Abstracts for each project can be found on our Pilot Projects page: /research-funding/pilot-projects/. Congratulations to the following awardees:

September LA CaTS Webcast (9/26): Promoting a Bi-directional Relationship between the LA CaTS Center and the Community

Sep 25, 2019

Save the Date for the next LA CaTS Webcast on Thursday, September 26th at 1:30pm. The LA CaTS Community Engagement & Outreach Core (CEO Core) presents "Promoting a Bi-directional Relationship between the LA CaTS Center and the Community". They will discuss the present and future plans for services offered, the LA CaTS Community Scholar Program (LA CoSP), infusing the community voice through the Community Advisory Boards (CABs), etc. This is an interactive presentation and attendees will be able to engage and ask questions during the webcast.

LA CaTS Coordinators Level 1 Training-October 11, 2019

Sep 24, 2019

Please save the date for the LA CaTS Clinical Research Coordinators Level 1 Training, which will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Tulane University (1440 Canal Street, Room 1208). Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast, and the training will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided and all participants will receive an LA CaTS Level 1 Research Coordinator Training Certificate, upon completion. The session is free and open to all LA CaTS institutions.

LA CaTS Community-Engaged Research Symposium-September 6, 2019

Aug 29, 2019

The LA CaTS Community Engagement and Outreach Core (CEO Core) and Xavier University are hosting its first LA CaTS Community-Engaged Research Symposium on Friday, September 6, 2019 in New Orleans. The event is open to all LA CaTS member institutions.

Professional Development to Host Mock Study Section on September 18th

Aug 27, 2019

Register here: LA CaTS Mock Study Section 2019 Registration

LA CaTS Center Welcomes Tynesia Fields, Community Engagement & Outreach Coordinator

Aug 6, 2019

We proudly welcome Ms. Tynesia Fields to the LA CaTS Center family. Ms. Fields is filling the important role of the Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator for the LA CaTS Community Engagement Outreach Resource (CEO Core), and is housed at Xavier University in New Orleans.

Register Now for 2019 Southeast Regional IDeA Conference-Nov. 6-8, 2019

Jul 17, 2019

The 2019 Southeast Regional IDeA Conference is scheduled for November 6-8, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Galt House Hotel. We encourage you to attend, especially those investigators that have received funding and training awards from the LA CaTS Center. It is a great conference to showcase your project! The conference will include various workshops, oral and poster presentation sessions from COBRE, INBRE and IDeA-CTR programs in the southeast region, as well as presentations from NIGMS Program Officials.

Professional Development Core Welcomes New Roadmap Scholars

Jul 11, 2019

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 8th Cohort of Roadmap Scholars: Nicole Lapinel, MD (LSUHSC-New Orleans), Raoul Manalac, MD (Pennington Biomedical), and Christine Bojanowski, MD (Tulane University).

Educating Through Entertainment: Prostate Cancer Crisis in African Americans, a Stage Play, June 29th

Jun 20, 2019

Considering that June is Men's Health Month, the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is bringing to New Orleans "Daddy's Boys," an educational stage play on June 29th, 6:00-10:00 PM at Southern University (SUNO). The play is a drama-comedy purposed to increase education and awareness about the prostate cancer crisis in the African American community. 

LSU's Pennington Biomedical assists in lifespan study, Dr. Stephanie Broyles to lead

Jun 10, 2019

Dr. Stephanie Broyles, Director of Pennington Biomedical's Contextual Risk Factors Laboratory and LA CaTS Center Community Engagement Co-Director, is the primary investigator of the Louisiana portion of the RURAL study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Researchers from LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center and other institutions will study why some people in rural parishes and counties live longer, healthier lives. Cenla Broadcasting, KPEL and KSYL, all in Alexandria, aired the story.

Precision Medicine: Dr. Lucio Miele and team discover how some cancer cells resist treatment

May 27, 2019

Precision Medicine: Dr. Lucio Miele and team discover how some cancer cells resist treatment

Dr. Leanne Redman, Pennington Biomedical, Awarded $2.9M grant using LA CaTS Community Resource

May 27, 2019

Dr. Leanne Redman, Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, was awarded a $2.9 million grant from NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) to test a new program called “Healthy Beginnings” in partnership with the Louisiana Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Click HERE to view the press release for more details.