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NIH Awards $20 Million Grant for Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
9/6/2012 7:02:57 PM

Eight Louisiana Health Institutions Join in Single Louisiana Research Initiative; Pennington Biomedical Research Center to Lead Effort for Underserved Population

A nearly $20 million, five-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to support biomedical research was announced today by eight higher education academic, research, and health care delivery institutions in Louisiana.

The NIH Institutional Development Award Program for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) grant will fund the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center whose goal is to increase the critical mass of and to support the next generation of clinician scientists. The LA CaTS Center will provide an infrastructure across the academic institutions of Louisiana to facilitate research in chronic disease prevention and improved health care in underserved populations. The initiative is led by Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The LA CaTS Center is comprised of four Primary Collaborating Institutions: Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Tulane Health Sciences Center, and the seven public hospitals of the LSU Health Care Services Division (HCSD). Also participating are four Research Partners: LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Xavier University of Louisiana, Research Institution for Children at Children’s Hospital, and LSU in Baton Rouge.

"This is a ‘game changer’ for Louisiana as it has created a new working network of medical research partners while putting best practices in medicine and preventive care into action,” said William Cefalu, M.D., Pennington Biomedical's associate executive director for clinical research and principal investigator of the LA CaTS Center. " Importantly, as part of the LA CaTS Center, researchers at each institution will now benefit greatly from access to the collective expertise and resources of all the academic institutions.”  

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