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
KTBS3 - LSUHS and BRF’s Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy are partnering to bring a national Alzheimer’s disease study to the area. The study is for patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia with a focus on minority populations in underserved areas.
The Biomechanics Lab compares different surgical techniques side-by-side, with the goal of getting people back to work and athletes back to sport sooner. Dr. Giovanni Solitro, lab director, shares, “What I really love about this work is that it allows us to be protagonists. We can bring more innovation to the patient.”
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy was instrumental in the receipt of this funding for LSUHS, which will enhance the impact of the Center for Emerging Viral Threats (CEVT) as it is able to expand significantly in the new Center for Medical Education building. Additional medical education and research opportunities will yield enhanced economic impact to the region and the state.
Aaron Sheppard, a second-year medical student at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, has been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 class of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP).
LSU - J. Steven Alexander, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at LSU Health Shreveport, didn’t expect his biggest innovation to come from a nuisance he’d experienced once or twice during an otherwise nice swim.
KTBS3 - “We know that in our families, many of them have different health problems. They have pain, they have inflammation, they have higher incidences of diabetes, hypertension,” said Dr. Sushil Jain, professor at LSUHS. “And it is shown that if we improve vitamin D level, we can reduce the disease.”
The Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences held their inaugural Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium on Monday, February 7, 2022. There were talks from many of their researchers and fellows as well as two external guest speakers.
Shreveport Times - LSUHS faculty published an article in the Journal of the AAOS, which is being used by institutions around the country for guidelines on elective and urgent surgical selection for orthopaedics during the COVID-19 pandemic.
41NBC - Mercer University School of Medicine, in partnership with the Department of Biomedical Sciences and LSU Health Shreveport, was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The money will help to guide Covid-19 research about possible variants of the virus.
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.