A select number of academic programs earn the designation as a Center of Excellence by the Louisiana Board of Regents and must demonstrate statewide leadership in their area of focus and a commitment to building on their respective strengths by advancing knowledge and skills to create better opportunities for improving the quality of life of Louisiana residents. Designated centers share being a hallmark of the institution with a strong performance record, concentration in a clearly defined area relevant to the state’s needs, a range of academic, training and research opportunities, and engagement with the greater community to address current issues. LSU Health Shreveport is home to four designated Centers of Research Excellence.

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center

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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 of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology

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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

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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

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The Center intersects critical public health needs with timely delivery of clinical and vaccine trials, testing, key SARS-CoV2 and other pathogen clinical diagnosis, community education, and training scientists, physicians and health work force.

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Center for Brain Health

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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

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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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Center of Academic Excellence for Patient Centered Rehabilitation

The School of Allied Health Professions' Center (CAE-PaCeR) will establish an infrastructure to bring the relevant academic, research, and clinical programs of the School into alignment for clinical learning, innovation, and collaboration.

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Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence

In addition to the six Louisiana Board of Regents and LSU Board of Supervisors approved Centers, LSU Health Shreveport has three National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). The Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) awards support the establishment and development of innovative, state-of-the-art biomedical and behavioral research centers at institutions in IDeA-eligible states through awards for three sequential five-year phases.

Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology

The Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology, directed by Dr. Martin Sapp, was established in 2002 and has been supported by three consecutive NIH COBRE grants totaling $22.9 million.

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Center for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease

The Center for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease, directed by Dr. Chris Kevil, was established in 2018 and is supported by a five-year, $10.5 million NIH COBRE grant.

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Center for Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes

The Center for Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes, directed by Dr. Andrew Yurochko, was established In 2021, supported by a five year, $10.5 million grant from the NIH.

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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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Centers News

Center For Emerging Viral Threats  Reaches Milestone Of Sharing 15,000 Sars-Cov-2 Sequences To Global Database

The Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats’ (CEVT) Viral Genomics and Surveillance Lab has surpassed uploading its’ 15,000th sequence to GISAID (Global Initiative on Sharing Influenza Data). The LSU Health Shreveport CEVT team has worked tirelessly since early in the COVID-19 pandemic to sequence and track variants of SAR-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

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The Center for Brain Health at LSUHS has received a $100,000 gift to create the Noel Foundation, Inc. Endowed Professorship Honoring Dr. Robert C. Leitz, III in Parkinson’s Disease Research. It will expand the study of age-related neurodegenerative diseases and fund neurological training equipment for students studying at LSUHS. 

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Research captures unfolding cardiovascular toll from meth use

A massive new study spotlights the toll methamphetamine use may take on heart health, suggesting men, people with kidney disease and those with high blood pressure are especially at risk. While researchers don't fully understand how meth use increases the risk for heart problems, they do know it creates a lot of stress on the body, shared Dr. Chris Kevil, LSUHS Vice Chancellor for Research.

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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy was instrumental in the receipt of this funding for LSUHS, which will enhance the impact of the Center for Emerging Viral Threats (CEVT) as it is able to expand significantly in the new Center for Medical Education building. Additional medical education and research opportunities will yield enhanced economic impact to the region and the state.

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CCDS Feist Symposium

The Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences held their inaugural Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium on Monday, February 7, 2022. There were talks from many of their researchers and fellows as well as two external guest speakers.

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