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LSU Health Shreveport to Host Researchers from Across Louisiana: Inaugural LA CaTS Day Stems from $20 Million NIH Grant

Top research scientists from throughout Louisiana will havean opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and mentor up-and-coming researchers ata unique collaborative event Wednesday on the health sciences campus of LSUHealth Shreveport.  The first-ever LA CaTS Day is an initiative of theLouisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LACaTS) Center, which was created to  harnesses innovation and expertisefrom Louisiana's eight academic institutions. The goal is to facilitateresearch which could prevent chronic disease and improve healthcare inunderserved populations in the state.

The LaCaTS Center is located at Pennington BiomedicalResearch Center in Baton Rouge, which led a joint effort to win a $20 milliongrant from the National Institutes of Health to fund collaboration andpartnerships in research across the state.  The center is expected toexpand scientific investigation. In particular, leaders hope the outcome willbe more research that has practical human applications –called translationalresearch.

Wednesday's event will bring together expertise fromPennington, the health sciences centers in Shreveport and New Orleans, TulaneSchool of Medicine and Xavier University of Louisiana in support of  promising young research scientists.  Researchers can mingle, trade ideasand learn about key resources to help with research projects and funding.

"This conference is a wonderful opportunity for scientiststo get out of their labs and meet others—perhaps from other disciplines—withsimilar or complementary research," said Shreveport Chancellor Robert A.Barish, MD MBA. "As we work to enhance our research footprint in Shreveport, weare appreciative of the transformative possibilities the LA CaTS project bringsfor our own scientists and the overall health and economy of our region andstate.  It is exciting to think of all the brainpower and creativity thatwill be brought together on this one day."

"Our institutions, working together through the LA CaTSCenter, are committed to harnessing the existing clinical research strengths inthe Gulf Coast region into a vital growing enterprise, capable of and dedicatedto, addressing Louisiana's unique health problems," saidDr. William Cefalu, Principal Investigator of LA CaTS. "This is a ‘gamechanger' for the state."

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LSU Health Shreveport faculty and health literacy experts TerryDavis, PhD, and Connie Arnold, PhD, will help researchers and clinicians makehealth information easier to understand and use through LaCaTS. Their role inthe project is funded for $1,184,147 over 5 years.

 

 

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