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Donna Ryan Named Executive Director of LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Jan 26, 2017

BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander has announced that Dr. Donna Ryan, a world-renowned obesity researcher and professor emerita at Pennington Biomedical, will serve as interim executive director of LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Current Executive Director Dr. William Cefalu was recently named chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association.

LSU's Pennington Biomedical Awarded $5.28 Million from NIH to Study the Molecular Effects of Exercise

Dec 13, 2016

Baton Rouge, LA - LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center has been awarded $5.28 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the benefits of exercise on health, specifically the molecular mechanisms behind these benefits. The Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans (MoTrPAC) program aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of how physical activity improves health and prevents disease.

REACHnet is Open for Business!

Dec 12, 2016

The Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet) became a formal partner of LA CaTS in 2016. Since 2013, REACHnet has been a PCORI-funded clinical data research network (CDRN) that is designed to help Louisiana clinicians and researchers conduct robust comparative effectiveness research with integrated recruitment and data solutions. REACHnet is managed by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and includes the following partner systems:

LA CaTS Junior Investigator Training: February 2-3, 2017

Dec 12, 2016

Please join us for our inaugural LA CaTS Center Junior Investigator Training to be held at Tulane University’s Tidewater Building Room 1210 (1440 Canal Street, New Orleans LA).  There will be two sessions covering different topic areas.  Video conferencing will be available via AdobeConnect for those who cannot attend physically.  To register, please visit:

Appointment of Chris Kevil Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport

Dec 7, 2016

Contact - Lisa Babin, Executive Director of Public Affairs & Communication:

Educational Spotlight: Statistical Presentations, Dr. Susan Ellenberg, Nov. 7th & 8th

Nov 4, 2016

On behalf of Dr. Zhide Fang and Dean Smith from LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health, you are invited to attend two presentations from the 2016 LSUHSC SPH John Rock Visiting Scholar.

LA CaTS Level I Research Coordinator Training

Oct 7, 2016

LA CaTS Level I Research Coordinator Training

Pennington Biomedical to Host 2016 Childhood Obesity and Public Health Conference

Sep 15, 2016

The 9th annual childhood obesity and public health conference - Preventing Obesity in the Early Years: Translating Evidence into Action - will be held at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

2016 Biomedical Summer Seminar Series

Jun 20, 2016

Cosponsored by the CCTS and the UAB Informatics Institute, this 9-week series will cover key topics and available resources in biomedical and health informatics for clinical and translational research.

Tulane plays lead role in major diabetes drug trial

Jun 17, 2016

LA CaTS Health Literacy Director Wins Copping Award

Jun 7, 2016


Pennington Biomedical's NORC Announces Call for Pilot Grants

May 9, 2016

To all LA CaTS Center Full-time Associate or Assistant Professors, Instructors, and senior post-doctoral fellows,

NIH, ODS Announces Dietary Supplement Education Opportunity

Mar 15, 2016

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now accepting applications for the Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum on June 7-9, 2016, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Pennington Biomedical COBRE Announces Call for Pilot Grants

Mar 2, 2016

Funds are available to fund 4 to 8 P&F grants from the Pennington COBRE. Clinical/translational or basic science proposals may request budgets from $25,000 to $75,000, although it should be noted that budget requests near the upper limit are most likely to be approved for clinical projects. The major objective of this program is to provide research support to test innovative hypotheses regarding metabolic diseases and other pilot studies related to the COBRE and Clinical Science Faculty at PBRC, as well as their collaborators and PIs at sister institutions within the LSU system. The COBRE will give its highest priority to research related to obesity and diabetes, including excellent projects that relate to this global theme through nutritional interventions or preventive medicine approaches.

New Informatics Lecture Series Offered to the LA CaTS Center

Feb 16, 2016

Lectures on Informatics: An Introduction to Computers and Informatics in the Health Sciences

New LA CaTS Center Community Scholar Program Released

Jan 12, 2016

The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center Community Engagement and Outreach Core (CEO Core) Core are accepting applications for LA CATS Community Scholars Program (LaCoSP) [Cohort 1] through March 4, 2016. An information conference call will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 and Letters of Intent are due by February 5, 2016. The program provides formal training and pilot project funds for teams comprised of a community and an academic partner interested in community-based participatory research (CBPR). More detailed instructions can be found at

Spotlight on: CCTS KL2 Awardee Dr. Courtney Peterson, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Dec 4, 2015

Courtney Peterson, PhD, MSC, is assistant professor in the Pennington Biomedical Research Center's Skeletal Muscle Physiology Laboratory. She is one of four CCTS Mentored Career Development Program (KL2) awardees for 2016. Peterson said she learned about the award opportunity from her center's director, Dr. William Cefalu. Prior to applying for the K award, Peterson had participated in a CCTS Panel for an NIH-funded K award application.

LA CaTS Center Partner Network Announces Call for Pilot Funding Opportunity

Nov 24, 2015

Investigators from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSUHSC-New Orleans and Tulane University are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Please see the details below. Letters of Intent are due by December 14, 2015.

IRBshare Offers Training for Investigators & Sponsors

Oct 6, 2015

IRBshare is offering training for investigators, sponsors and funders. For more information & to register for one of the clinics, please go to

CCTS Partner Network Announces Call for Pilot Applications

Jul 7, 2015

CCTS Partner Network Pilot Program

LSU Receives $18.5 Million NIH Grant to Build Biomedical Research Pipeline

Jun 24, 2015

BATON ROUGE - LSU has received an $18.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to support an Institutional Development Award, or IDeA, Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, or INBRE. The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements. IDeA is administered by NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences and is a component of its Center for Research Capacity Building.

The LA CaTS CEMCD Core announces an additional RFA for the Roadmap Scholarship 2015

Jun 12, 2015

Application packets must be received by 9:00 am on Friday, June 19, 2015. Click here for details.

2016 Funding Opportunity NIH Transformative Research Awards

Jun 8, 2015

Announcing a funding opportunity for the NIH Transformative Research Awards: 

SPARC Live! Request a service now!

Jun 7, 2015

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Early Career Louisiana Researchers Honored by LA CaTS Center

Jun 4, 2015

BATON ROUGE, LA - Four biomedical scientists from New Orleans and Baton Rouge were recently honored by the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center, a statewide initiative funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These "scholar" awards recognize early career clinical and translational research scientists for their work, and provide them with valuable support and mentoring to further develop their careers.