A select number of academic programs earn the designation as a Center of Excellence by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Centers of Excellence must demonstrate statewide leadership in their area of designation and be a hallmark for the institution. The selected centers share a strong performance record, concentration on an area relevant to the state’s needs, a range of academic, training and research opportunities, engagement with the greater community, and a focus on issues and opportunities that improve the quality of life of Louisiana citizens. Four LSU Health Shreveport centers have earned this distinction: Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology, the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences and the Center for Emerging Viral Threats.

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center

The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center team is committed to bringing life-saving discoveries about cancer to all of Louisiana and beyond. Collaboration between cancer researchers and treating physicians fosters a more comprehensive understanding of cancer.


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Center for Excellence in Arthritis and Rheumatology

The Center engages in a multidisciplinary clinical, research and education mission to provide patients with cutting-edge care, advance the science of inflammatory and immunology diseases and to educate physicians.


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Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences

The Center's mission is to advance the understanding of cardiovascular disease and translational research while developing future generations of basic and clinical science investigators.


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Center for Emerging Viral Threats

The CEVT intersects critical public health needs with timely delivery of clinical and vaccine trials, accurate COVID-19 testing, key SARS-CoV2 and other pathogen clinical diagnosis, community education and outreach, and training of future scientists, physicians and other health related work force members.

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Center for Brain Health

The Center for Brain Health expands neuroscience-related education, provides comprehensive care for brain disorders, and attracts young specialists and pioneering clinical trials to North Louisiana, and competes for large scale research funding.


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Louisiana Addiction Research Center

LARC is committed to increasing knowledge and advancing research related to Substance Use Disorders to create a better quality of life for the citizens of our area.


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Our Centers are actively engaged in educating the community,
training future scientists and advancing research through active collaborations.


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The Bridge provides resources supporting those with Dementia and Alzheimer's

The Best of Times - Dr. Elizabeth Disbrow, Professor in Department of Neurology and Director of LSUHS Center for Brain Health, joins Paula Freeman to talk about the resources and education provided by The Bridge, a resource for caregivers and providers of those with Dementia and Alzheimer's.

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One recent study found that men fared much worse than women in attention, processing speed, decision-making, memory and language, among others. “We found that men were more cognitively impaired than women across the board,” says Elizabeth Disbrow, Director of the Center for Brain Health at LSU Health Shreveport. “Their cognitive issues were much more pronounced.”

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LSUHS new discovery for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia

KTAL/KMSS - A team of scientists and clinicians at LSU Health Shreveport made a groundbreaking discovery for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Dr. Karen Stokes said the new finding could be extremely impactful on Alzheimer’s disease because it will allow doctors to detect the disease early and monitor the progression better.

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