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LA CaTS Center Junior Investigator Training Symposium (March 28-29, 2018)

Feb 28, 2018

Please join us for the LA CaTS Junior Investigator Training Symposium, to be held at Tulane University (Tidewater Building, 1440 Canal Street, Room 1210) on Wednesday March 28th and Thursday, March 29th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.  Researchers can RSVP for individual sessions including networking luncheons with established researchers each day, by visiting:   All sessions except the networking sessions will have video conferencing available.  A detailed agenda can be downloaded here.

Pennington NORC Announces Pilot Funding Opportunity

Feb 23, 2018

Dear LA CaTS Research Community,

Welcome Dr. Kirwan, New LA CaTS Center Director

Feb 7, 2018

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is pleased to announce that John P. Kirwan, Ph.D., is now the new principal investigator of the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center. This statewide initiative of Pennington Biomedical is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, which funds the LA CaTS Center.

Congratulations to our new Pilot Grant Awardees

Feb 6, 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: /research-funding/pilot-projects/. Congratulations to the following awardees:

IDeA Pediatric Network Offers CME Courses & Webinars

Jan 30, 2018

The IDeA States Pediatric Network Professional Development Division is pleased to announce online courses are NOW AVAILABLE. Participants who previously attended or may have missed an event now have the opportunity to access our online content at their convenience while earning CME credit provided by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Office of Continuing Education. 

LA CaTS Professional Development Corepresents "Translational Bioinformatics"

Jan 24, 2018

LA CaTS Professional Development Core presents

LA CaTS Community Engagement Director Named on Mayor-elect Transition Team

Jan 24, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Dean of Xavier University's School of Pharmacy, who was named as co-chair for the New Orleans Mayor-elect, LaToya Cantrell, transition team. Dr. Kennedy served as Director of the LA CaTS Community Engagement and Outreach Core for the past 5 years and has been a key contributor the center's success.

LA CaTS REDCap Hour Thursday, 1/25/18 at 2:30pm

Jan 23, 2018

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

NIH call for nominations for IDeA Co-funding Initiative

Jan 19, 2018

Dear IDeA investigators,

2018 Pilot Grants Opportunity: Now Accepting Pre-applications

Jan 16, 2018

The LA CaTS Center is pleased to announce the 2018 LA CaTS Pilot Grants Funding Opportunity (Round 7). The full text of the application instructions is attached or can be found here. The LA CaTS Center is seeking research applications to support highly innovative projects aimed at preparing major publications and grant applications to compete for extramural funding (e.g. NIH, DOD, or Foundations). Investigators from all LA CaTS Center member institutions are eligible for this opportunity. The 2018 round will favor applications from junior investigators, and applications must include a mentoring component. These projects should address biological, epidemiological or clinical issues related to specific diseases that have a high prevalence among the population of Louisiana, including, but not limited to, obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and HIV/AIDS. The program will support research activities and will also provide eligible pilot projects with access to scientific, statistical and regulatory cores to facilitate their development. Each award may be up to $50,000 in total costs for one year depending on funding availability.   

REDCap Hour - Thursday, November 30th

Nov 28, 2017

The LA CaTS Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement Core will host the monthly REDCap Hour on Thursday, November 30th at 2:30pm. This week we’ll look at HTML in REDCap, your questions and more. The link to join the meeting tomorrow via Skype is below. Questions concerning the webinar can be emailed to

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

Nov 7, 2017

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

IDeA States Pediatric Network - "Pediatric Assent and Ethical Considerations" Webinar

Oct 19, 2017

The IDeA States Pediatric Network ECHO Program is offering a webinar on Thursday, October 26th at 3:00 p.m. CDT/4:00 p.m. EST with Leah Eisenberg, JD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to identify regulations pertaining to pediatric assent; discuss how regulations relate to ethics; and provide case-based examples of assent for pediatric studies.

October is Health Literacy Month

Oct 18, 2017

October is Health Literacy Month. This is a worldwide awareness campaign dedicated to promoting understandable health information. In the U.S. there is a significant gap between the way health care information is communicated and the ability of most people to understand it. Nearly 9 of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information. When people struggle to clearly understand how to prevent and manage health problems, they are more likely to make mistakes with their medicine, mismanage chronic diseases like diabetes, skip important medical tests and visit the emergency room more often. They are also less likely to participate in medical research.

New LA CaTS Center Funding Opportunities: Planning Grant & Visiting Scholar Programs

Oct 2, 2017

The LA CaTS Center Pilot Grants Program is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities, the 2017 Planning Grant Program & Visiting Scholar Program (Round 2). For further details, click here or see the attached instructions. Applications will be accepting on a rolling deadline until June 30, 2018 or until the maximum number of applications awarded has been met. Investigators from all LA CaTS Center member institutions are eligible to apply.

Monthly REDCap Hour

Oct 2, 2017

The LA CaTS Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement (CE) Core will be hosting reoccurring REDCap help sessions via webinar. These will be interactive sessions that feature topics such as new information and tips on using REDCap, how to get started, troubleshoot issues with current databases, and/or other areas of interest. Topics may vary for each event. During these sessions, participants will be allowed to share their computer screen with the experts to allow for a more productive question and feedback session. 

LA CaTS Educational Opportunity: REDCap Hour (by webinar)-8/31/17

Aug 24, 2017

Dear LA CaTS Research Community,

$20 million federal grant to continue funding biomedical research across Louisiana

Aug 11, 2017

LA CaTS to begin offering REDCap Help Sessions

Aug 3, 2017

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a web-based data capture tool that does not require client local software and can be accessed from anywhere on the Internet. The LA CaTS Cyberinfrastructure team provides the use of the REDCap software as a service for LA CaTS member investigators and their teams to collect study data. This service includes the REDCap application software hosted in a web server, disk space for data storage, regular system backups, software patches and upgrades, basic training courses, online documentation, and database/survey development assistance.

Professional Development Core Welcomes New Roadmap Scholars

Jul 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).

NIH Awards $20 Million for Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center

Jul 25, 2017

Baton Rouge, LA - A new $20-million federal grant--the second such competitive grant awarded to LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center--will continue to fund collaborative biomedical research being conducted at 10 institutions across Louisiana to improve the health of its citizens during the next five years, officials announced today.

Community Advisory Board Member appointed by Governor to State Nursing Board

Jul 20, 2017

Congratulations to Myra Collins, LPN, Director of Business Development at CareSouth Medical and Dental, who was reappointed by Governor Edwards to the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners. Ms. Collins is an active member of the LA CaTS Community Advisory Board in Baton Rouge. Myra is also an active volunteer in numerous community organizations including American Heart Association, Together Baton Rouge, MDA, Mid-City Merchants Board, and AARP Advisory Transportation Committee.

NORC Pilot Grant Opportunity

Jul 19, 2017

The Pennington NORC is pleased to announce a Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program (the full text of the Application Instructions is attached or can be found here as a PDF under Related Files). This program is intended to provide research support to test innovative hypotheses from individuals or multidisciplinary teams involving nutrition/obesity-related research. This research should involve some aspect of nutrient absorption, nutrient metabolism, cellular nutrient sensing or signaling, intervention/treatment response, and genetic aspects of nutrition-related chronic diseases. 

How to Engage the LA CaTS Community Advisory Boards in Your Research

Jul 13, 2017

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is defined as "a collaborative process that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each offers. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change to improve community health and eliminate health disparities."1-5

ISPCTN announces launch of summer professional development series

Jun 13, 2017

The IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN) is pleased to offer its first professional development series titled "Overview of Clinical Trials". This series is available to all LA CaTS Center member institutions and is accessible beginning today, June 13th.

Pennington Biomedical announces new speaker series to engage the community

Jun 9, 2017

Pennington Biomedical is hosting a new quarterly speaker series entitled "Discovering Opportunities for Change", aimed at showcasing the impactful research underway at the center.

LSUHealthNO Awarded $2.5m Grant to Develop Better Dental Filling Materials

May 25, 2017

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health has awarded LSU Health New Orleans' School of Dentistry an R01 grant in the amount of $2,465,297 over five years to develop stronger, longer-lasting dental filling materials with antibacterial properties to inhibit recurrent cavities and extend the life of the restoration. Xiaoming Xu, PhD, Professor and Head of the Division of Biomaterials, is the principal investigator on the grant.

Welcome Dr. Donna Ryan, LA CaTS Center Director & PI

Apr 17, 2017

Dear LA CaTS Center Members,

LSU Goes to Washington

Apr 17, 2017

LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander and leaders from LSU campuses are in Washington, DC this week for LSU Day at the Capitol. They are meeting with members of the Louisiana congressional delegation.

Registration is now open for the LA CaTS Level II Clinical Research Coordinator Training

Apr 12, 2017

Registration is now open for the LA CaTS Level II Clinical Research Coordinator Training which will be held at Tulane University from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday May 19, 2017. The training will be held at the Tidewater Building (1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112) on the 17th floor, room 1708. This interactive training session will consist of case study presentations and discussions with four Principal Investigator (PI) Mentors. Each PI Mentor will have case studies that reflect a specific category in research. Small groups will be assembled to discuss the case studies, while the PI Mentor and experts from IRB, Clinical Research, Compliance, and Legal will be available to offer guidance to the groups.