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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.

Professional Development Offers a K-Grant Writing Panel

May 10, 2019

The LA CaTS Professional Development Core is hosting a K-Grant application writing panel on Tuesday, May 14, 3-4:30pm. The informal discussion will be held at LSUHSC-NO in the 6th Floor Conference Room of the Clinical Sciences Research Building (CSRB), 533 Bolivar St. This discussion is open to any interested junior faculty. This is open to investigators at all LA CaTS member institutions. A webinar link is provided below for those unable to attend in person.

Media Highlights from LA CaTS Pilot (Anbalagan) on Effect of Dim Light on Cancer Metastasis

May 10, 2019

LA CaTS Center pilot grant awardee, Dr. Muralidharan Anbalagan from Tulane University, was recently highlighted in the media for his project on "Dim Light at Night Promotes Breast Cancer Bone Metastasis". Congratulations to Dr. Anbalagan on the recognition for his work supported by the LA CaTS Center Pilot Grants Program.

LA CaTS Showcase & Networking Social Coming to New Orleans on April 16, 2019

Apr 8, 2019

The LA CaTS Center Research Community is invited to the LA CaTS Showcase & Networking Social on April 16, 2019 from 4:00-5:30pm at Tulane University, part of the 2019 Annual External Advisory Committee Meeting. The LA CaTS Showcase will feature LA CaTS Center pilot and scholar projects. The event is also a networking opportunity for researchers to meet and interact with other investigators, LA CaTS Center leadership, cores and resources, as well as our external advisors in attendance.

LA CaTS Junior Investigator Training on April 24th

Apr 8, 2019

LA CaTS Junior Investigator Symposium

Dr. Robert Califf, Duke University, to give talk at LA CaTS event on March 29th

Mar 28, 2019

The Annual LA CaTS Professional Development Core Retreat is scheduled for Friday, March 29, 2019 at University Medical Center in New Orleans. The following events that day are open to all LA CaTS Center Member institutions. Video conferencing will be available for the plenary talk.

LA CaTS Webcast on Thursday, March 28th at 2:30pm

Mar 25, 2019

SAVE THE DATE! The next LA CaTS Webcast is schedule for Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:30pm. Topic(s) to be presented are as follows:

Spring LA CaTS Center Workshops Announced. Register Now!

Mar 19, 2019

LA CaTS Level 2 Clinical Research Coordinator Training

Xavier College of Pharmacy to Host Health Disparities Conference

Mar 15, 2019

The Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research and Education at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy will host its 12th Health Disparities Conference April 8-10, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference participants will include public and community health leaders, health policy makers, researchers, health educators, clinicians (pharmacists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and allied health professionals) and students whose work incorporates the use of multidisciplinary partnerships that build collaborations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.

LA CaTS Webcast

Feb 27, 2019

The LA CaTS Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement (CE) Core is pleased to announce the monthly REDCap Hour is expanding to the monthly “LA CaTS Webcast”. Same date and time (last Thursday of each month at 2:30pm). This will give our research community the opportunity to hear presentations and engage in discussions pertaining to all LA CaTS Center resources other than REDCap. Topics and speakers will vary month to month. If you have suggestions on topics or cores you would like to hear from, please contact us at

LA CaTS Health Literacy Expert featured in U.S. News & World Report Article

Jan 28, 2019

LA CaTS Health Literacy Core Director, Dr. Terry Davis, LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, was featured in a December 2018 U.S. News & World Report article on "What is Health Literacy and Why Do I Need it". Click here

LA CaTS REDCap Hours will resume in January

Jan 14, 2019

Notice: There will be no LA CaTS REDCap Hour in December. The Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement Team will resume the monthly REDCap Hours on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm.

LA CaTS Scholar Hoerger's Pallative Care Research Featured

Jan 7, 2019

Michael Hoerger, Ph.D, M.S.C.R a clinical health psychologist and decision scientist at Tulane University, conducts research aimed at supporting quality of life in adults with cancer. He is particularly interested in increasing utilization of palliative care, a multidisciplinary service for patients with advanced cancer or serious symptoms that is designed with the goal of supporting quality of life.

Pennington NORC Pilot & Feasibility Program

Dec 18, 2018

The Pennington NORC is pleased to announce a Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program (the full text of the application instructions can be found here). The primary goal of the program is to enable investigators the ability to generate a sufficient body of preliminary information for a successful application for major research funding from NIH or other national granting agencies or to develop new technologies for use at Pennington.

LA CaTS Announces Multi-Institutional, Multi-PI Grants

Nov 8, 2018

The LA CaTS Center is pleased to announce the LA CATS 2019 Spring Multi-institutional Grant Funding Opportunity (Round 8). The full text of the application instructions can be found here.

REDCap Hour Thursday, Oct. 25th at 2:30pm

Oct 23, 2018

The LA CaTS Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement Core will host the monthly REDCap Hour this Thursday October 25th at 2:30pm. Please disseminate this educational session information to those that may be interested.

LA CaTS Fall Trainings

Oct 4, 2018

LA CaTS Senior Investigator Update, September 24, 2018

REDCap Hour Thursday, Sept. 27th at 2:30pm

Sep 26, 2018

The LA CaTS Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement Core will host the monthly REDCap Hour this Thursday September 27th at 2:30pm. Please disseminate this educational session information to those that may be interested.

LA CaTS Scholar, Courtney Peterson's Research Highlighted by NIH

Sep 7, 2018

Congratulations to Courtney Peterson, PhD, past LA CaTS Roadmap Scholar (2013-2015) and pilot grant awardee on her research being highlighted by the National Institutes for Health (NIH). Her study featured was focused on intermittent fasting and the correlation with improvement in health. In 2016, Dr. Peterson received one of four CCTS Mentored Career Development Program (KL2) awards from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS). Dr. Peterson was previously an assistant professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, and is now an assistant professor at UAB. The LA CaTS Center is proud to have provided her with a stepping stone in the advancement in her clinical and translational research career.

REDCap Hour, Thursday July 26th

Jul 23, 2018

Join us Next Thursday (7/26) for the LA CaTS REDCap Hour, Featuring Statistics Chat on Modeling Change Scores

Shout Outs! Congratulations to Our Scholars Recently Receiving Awards & Grants

Jun 13, 2018

Amanda Staiano, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center 2015-2017 Roadmap Scholar, 2013-2014 Meritorious ScholarReceived a funding award from PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)Title: "A Pragmatic Family Centered Approach to Childhood Obesity Treatment"

LA CaTS & AACR Collaboration Press Release on Genomics & Biobanking

May 10, 2018

Despite Showing Interest, Vulnerable Populations Lack Sufficient Clinical Trial Information Improved communication strategies are needed to address gaps between researchers and those in underserved populations, as well as their community providers.

First-of-its-kind study associates obesity with poorer stroke outcomes in non-white patients

Apr 30, 2018

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