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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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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The holiday season can be difficult for those who suffer from addiction, mental health

KTAL/KMSS - “Television, movies, they all make up the perfect families during Christmas and the holidays. And most of it, it’s never like that,” said Dr. Nicholas Goeders, Executive Director of the Louisiana Addiction Research Center at LSUHS. "Nobody can live up to that ideal.”

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LSUHS experts use genomic sequencing to identify Omicron variant in Louisiana

KSLA12 - Sequencing is a multi-step process that includes using robotic technology to help make the process faster, more efficient and to reduce human error. "While this new variant has more mutations than others, her team is much more equipped this time around," says Dr. Krista Queen, Director of Viral Genomics and Surveillance for LSUHS.

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Shreveport Times - Research Notebook: Since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic scientists around the world have been working together on critical genomic sequencing efforts to better understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads and evolves and help guide and evaluate public health response. 

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Roy O. Martin III and Kathy Martin have donated $500,000 to the Center for Medical Education as part of a larger LSU system-wide gift supporting top capital priorities for the Fierce for the Future Campaign. The Martin’s gift will be directed to the Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats (CEVT) to be housed on the top floor of the Center for Medical Education.

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LSUHS and the American Heart Association partner to BRING STEM TO LIFE for Huntington High School Students

Both LSUHS and AHA are creating change working together to help young adults uncover their potential to find their path today through commitment to develop a robust pipeline of innovators who will develop the research, technology and innovations that will eliminate heart disease and ensure health equity in our communities.

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