KSLA 12 - Funded by the NIH and American Heart Association, the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Science presented the CURIOUS Poster Session, the finale to the summer research programs at LSUHS this year.
The Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences (CCDS) is one of four Centers of Excellence on the LSU Health Shreveport campus. Cardiovascular disease research represents a considerable strength of the LSU Health Shreveport campus, with CCDS faculty receiving a sizable portion of the extramural funding to LSU Health Shreveport. In addition, the CCDS provides an excellent environment to promote trainee and faculty development.
Our NIH-funded Cardiovascular Undergraduate Research Initiative fOr Underrepresented Students (CURIOUS) program provides minority college students with hands-on training in cardiovascular research and exposure to a variety of science career options at LSU Health Shreveport. The intramural Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships couple with an NIH-funded Multidisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology (MTCP) T32 Program to provide an excellent training environment to prepare trainees for careers in cardiovascular biomedical research. The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease provides significant funding to early career CCDS faculty seeking their first R01 award. In addition, the CCDS provides a variety of intramural research grants for training, project development, and collaborative research opportunities. Together with the COBRE grant, the CCDS houses multiple state-of-the-art core facilities, such as the Animal Phenotyping and Histology Core, the Redox Molecular Signaling Core, the Surgical Models Core, the Virus Production Core, and the Electrophysiology Core. To enhance cardiovascular care in the local community, the CCDS supports a variety of cardiovascular clinical trials for new devices and drugs, especially for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, and cardiomyopathy. In addition, the CCDS provides continuing medical education for local physicians through our annual ArkLaTex Cardiology Conference and hosts an annual Heart Health Day to provide the local community with free health screenings, physician consultations, and educational activities for adults and children.
Since July 2021, the group has received grants funded for a total of $5.5 Million and had papers published in or accepted to several prestigious journals.
On March 27, 2023, over 50 eighth grade students from Youree Drive and Herndon Middle Schools visited LSUHS as part of the Junior Achievement College and Career Quest program.
Shreveport Times - Dr. Wayne Orr, Professor and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences said, "the Center is a group of faculty members across multiple departments who work together to build a nationally competitive research group here in Shreveport."
Earlier this week, CCDS hosted the 2nd Annual Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium. The symposium concluded with a poster session and awards presentation.