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.

CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE  

RECENT RESEARCH AWARDS  

Dr. Yurochko in the lab

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.

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Dr. Xiaohong Lu, LSU Health Shreveport

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.

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Senator Bill Cassidy, Louisiana

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.

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LATEST NEWS HIGHLIGHTS  

LSUHS Researchers Lead Identification of New Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)

The rise in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is becoming a national health crisis, identifying and treating its underlying causes is a critical health challenge. A team of scientists and clinicians at LSUHS had their groundbreaking findings published in the prestigious “Alzheimer’s & Dementia, The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association”. 

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Los Angeles Times - Scientists have found that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is capable of infecting two types of brain cells — neurons and astrocytes. Scientists have been trying to understand why and how it causes these issues in the brain, said study leader Diana Cruz-Topete, a molecular endocrinologist at LSU Health Shreveport.

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New Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Changwon Park

Associate Professor, Dr. Changwon Park is a new addition to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. The major effort of his lab is to decipher the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms as to the successful generation of the cardiovascular constituents, namely endothelial, endocardium, cardiomyocytes, and hematopoietic cells that share the multipotent cardiovascular progenitors, FLK1 (also known as VEGFR2) expressing cells.

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COVID Variant Hunter: Even Vaccinated Should Keep Wearing Masks

NBC CT - LSU Health Shreveport Virologist Jeremy Kamil told NBC Connecticut Investigates that halting their spread will require other measures. Kamil was among a team of researchers that discovered seven new COVID-19 strains, known as "variants," aside from the variants first identified in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil. 

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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