Chris Kevil, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport, was awarded a 4-year NIH R01 grant for $1.7 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for his project, “CSE regulation of vascular remodeling.”
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 six centers, three 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 (FY20-21)
326% 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. Arrigo DeBenedetti receives Spring 2021 Feist Weiller Cancer Center (FWCC) Bridging Award grant in the amount of $100,000.
Diana Cruz, PhD, Assistant Professor, joined the LSUHS Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology in July 2016. Her current research looks at the interface between the endocrine and cardiovascular systems, emphasizing the effects of stress signaling (glucocorticoid receptors) on cardiovascular health.
Dr. Sushil Jain, a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at LSU Health Shreveport, has been awarded a 3-year, $1.52 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project entitled: Optimization of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D levels in African Americans.
Dr. David Gross, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health Shreveport, has been awarded a 4-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project entitled “Genome Architecture and Gene Control in Response to Stress.”
LSUHS has received a 5 year grant for $10,529,128 from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE. The COBRE funds will establish the Center for Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes (CAIPP), which will operate on the LSU Health Shreveport campus.
Dr. Xiao-Hong Lu, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience, received a $750,000 grant from NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Division’s Space Biology Program to develop a novel genetic engineering technology to evaluate the impact of space radiation on the human brain.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding $4,617,645 to Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Shreveport and LSU and Agricultural and Mechanical (LSU and A&M) College Baton Rouge under the pharmacology, physiology, and biological chemistry research program.
LATEST NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
The research of Lynn Harrison, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at LSUHS, was selected by NASA’s Space Biology Program as one of three space biology proposals to prepare for future research on the surface of the moon.
Mabruka Alfaidi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Pathology at LSU Health Shreveport, has been selected as a recipient of an American Heart Association Career Development Award. This prestigious award supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of their career by funding innovative research and training to assure the future success of the awardee as a cardiovascular independent scientist.
Wayne Nix has been named the new Chief Innovation Officer of Research at LSUHS, effective July 15, 2021. Mr. Nix is an experienced entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in both healthcare and business development and management arenas. He has also led many team innovation strategies while providing mentorship for new entrepreneurs.
Shreveport Times - During a global pandemic which has literally taken the breath away of so many, LSUHS scientists and researchers have been working to increase the safety and efficacy of emergency ventilation. The Tidal Volume Monitor project is spearheaded by the LSUHS Device group.
BIZ Magazine - Celeste Y.C. Wu, PhD, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology at LSU Health Shreveport, was awarded the American Heart Association Career Development Award receiving $231,000 in funding.
PRNewswire — JanOne Inc. (Nasdaq: JAN), a company focused on developing treatments for conditions that cause severe pain and drugs with non-addictive, pain-relieving properties, today announced the appointment of Nicholas E. Goeders, Ph.D. to its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Goeders is considered one of the world’s leaders on the role of stress in drug addiction.
Louisiana Radio Network - The objective of the grant is to strengthen global capabilities to detect and respond to pandemic threats in the future. Director for Emerging Viral Threats at LSUHS Dr. Andrew Yurochko said the award is indicative of LSU Health Shreveport’s strides in detecting variants and assisting with vaccine rollout.
Red River Radio - Work by Drs. Jeremy Kamil and Rona Scott along with COBRE principal investigators Drs. Andrew Yurochko and Chris Kevil has produced and shared 2,839 full coverage SARS-CoV-2 genomes, which amounts to over 60% of the SARSCoV-2 genome surveillance from Louisiana, and 1.2 % of the total US data submitted to GISAID which is the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data.
The Rockefeller Foundation - LSU Health Shreveport (LSUHS) is receiving funding ($340,000) from the Rockefeller Foundation. This follows the announcement yesterday of LSUHS being awarded $730,000 to further its work in genomic sequencing of COVID-19 through a NIH supplemental grant. LSUHS joins Harvard and the Broad Institute at MIT among others in the US Regional Accelerators for Genomic Surveillance.
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.