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. It is a core part of our institution's mission. Research on campus ranges from traditional in the lab to translations research and testing of the latest treatments in clinical trials.

The School of Graduate Studies helps to train future scientists and our Centers further elevate our institution's research portfolio. The Office of Research helps support these endeavors and is comprised of the Clinical Trials Office, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Technology Transfer, Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

Research funding continues to grow on our campus with well over $10 million in the last fiscal year. Videos below outline the new patents, grants and clinical trials taking place on our campus.

Centers of Excellence

List of recent research awards at LSU Health Shreveport

   

LATEST NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vial

Dr. Robert Rhoads, professor and emeritus chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health Shreveport, developed key components of the mRNA over years of work. The vaccine uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, which essentially provides instructions to the body on how to fight the novel coronavirus.

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COVID-19 vaccine arrives at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport

“It is gratifying to see LSU Health Shreveport’s contributions to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine through licensing of a LSUHS patent to BioNTech for mRNA-stabilizing cap analogs and in serving as the only north Louisiana vaccine trial site. Additionally our numerous COVID-19 clinical trials are providing access to novel therapies reflecting the benefit of having an academic medical center in our community,” shared GE Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCS (Ed), chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport.

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KSLA12- “If the EVT Lab had not existed, quite frankly, I think we’d be in a much darker place here in the northern part of the state,” said Dr. Chris Kevil, vice chancellor of research and one of the leading minds behind creation of the lab. “The EVT Lab has been fundamental in our ability to monitor COVID infections in patients out in this community."

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Focus Fund and MD Anderson Launch Investment Fund to Support Investigational Cancer Therapies

The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is excited to be a part of the Cancer Focus Fund to bring the latest new cancer clinical trials to our community," said Dr. Chris Kevil, Vice-Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport. "We are confident our clinical trial facilities, coupled with expanded patient access to clinical trials across north and central Louisiana in partnership with Ochsner Health, will yield promising results for all citizens of Louisiana.

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LSU Health Shreveport Leads Louisiana  in COVID-19 VIRAL GENOME SEQUENCING

The Emerging Viral Threat (EVT) Lab at LSU Health Shreveport has now sequenced a total 651 Louisiana SARS-CoV-2 virus genomes making them the largest contributor to date of genetic data on SARS-CoV-2 in the state. SARS-CoV-2, which is short for ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2,’ is the virus that causes COVID-19, and viral genome sequencing is contributing to a worldwide effort to fight the ongoing pandemic.

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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

Achieving International Distinction for Our Basic Science and Clinical Research Programs