RESEARCH at LSU Health Shreveport

Faculty, staff and students at LSU Health Shreveport are actively engaged in research in a variety of biomedical areas, with concentrations in cancer, cardiovascular sciences, virology and neuroscience. A core part of the institution’s mission, research on campus ranges from basic science to translational research and testing the latest therapies in clinical trials.

The School of Graduate Studies helps to train future scientists, and our eight centers, four of which are Centers of Excellence, further elevate the research portfolio. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research supports these endeavors and is comprised of the Office for Sponsored Programs and Technology Transfer, Research Development and Management, Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the Research Core Facility.

  

Research by the NUMBERS

 

TOTAL Federal Grant Funding (FY21-22)

$18,490,000

>300% increase in grant funding since FY15

Technology Transfer (FY20-21)

Invention Disclosures: 32
Patents Filed: 421  l  Patents Issued: 8 U.S. / 1 Foreign
Licenses and Options: 6
Total Licensing Income: $519,000
Ranked 2nd in the LSU System for tech transfer

CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE  

RECENT RESEARCH AWARDS  

Dr. Nirav Dhanesha received a 5-year $2.24 million R01 grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Nirav Dhanesha, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology, received a 5-year $2.24 million R01 grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for his project “Mechanisms for Deep Vein Thrombosis following Stroke.”

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LSUHS Center for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease CoBRE awarded a $730,000 supplement award

The Center for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease CoBRE at LSU Health Shreveport, led by Principal Investigator Chris Kevil, PhD, was awarded a $730,000 supplement award from the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) for “SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Surveillance in North Louisiana.”

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LATEST NEWS HIGHLIGHTS  

Data Hint COVID-19 Vax May Improve Immunotherapy Efficacy in Some

Medscape - Alexandre Malek, MD, assistant professor of medicine at LSUHS, pointed to "a growing number of preclinical studies evaluating the role of vaccines as adjunct to immunotherapy to overcome cancer resistance by converting cold tumors to hot." That research includes a study of a seasonal influenza vaccine and another of adenoviral based-vaccines.

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LSUHS LARC hosts meeting on the threat of Methamphetamine use in Northwest Louisiana

LSUHS Louisiana Addiction Research Center hosted a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to discuss methamphetamine as an emerging drug threat in our region. Local law enforcement and community leaders were invited to have an open conversation and share information on drug problems in the region and determine how to raise awareness.

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man looking through microscope in laboratory

Dr. Chris Kevil’s laboratory at LSUHS has discovered that a clinically approved cyclodextrin-based drug called Sugammadex can act as a hydrogen sulfide donor that restores vasoactive hydrogen. This innovation has already gone through initial in vivo testing with promising results.

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LSUHS and LSUS use AI to treat Cavernous Malformations

“Medicine in general is considerably complex and neurosurgery is extremely complex, with cavernous malformations among the most difficult to manage,” said Dr. Caleb Stewart, neurosurgeon at LSUHS. LSUHS, LSUS, Ochsner Health, and collaborators in Australia are now leveraging big data science and artificial intelligence (AI) to solve this challenge and improve care for patients.

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SMART Program

Hicks SMART Program students from 2019-2020

The Science & Medicine Academic Research Training Program provides academically advanced high school seniors who are interested in careers related to medicine, scientific research, and biomedical engineering opportunities to engage in intensive research with medical clinicians, researchers, and academic staff.   

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Office of Research

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