The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center, with Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the lead institution, will have at its mission to """"""""encourage, support, and expand clinical and translational research through partnerships both among researchers and with the people we serve"""""""". As a primary objective, the LA CaTS Center intends to build upon the structure of our COBREs and INBREs of the state and to involve the COBRE/INBRE investigators in every key component activity of the Center. To accomplish our goals, the Center will have close collaboration with the major academic, research and health care delivery institutions of Louisiana, and the primary collaborating institutions are LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Tulane University Health Sciences Center and LSU Health Care Services Division (hospitals and clinics). The LA CaTS Center plans to achieve the following Specific Aims: 1) Create a collaborative infrastructure for clinical and translational research both within and across participating institutions;2) increase the critical mass of investigators performing clinical and translational research;and 3) Improve and sustain bi-directional relationships with our communities. To achieve these aims, the LA CaTS Center identifies 9 Key Component Activities: Pilot Grants Program;Education, Mentoring and Career Development Core;Design Epidemiology and Biostatistics Core;Clinical Research Resources;Community Engagement and Outreach Resource;Biomedical Informatics Core;Ethics and Regulatory Knowledge Resource;Health Literacy Core;and Communications Core. The LA CaTS Center harnesses the existing strengths in clinical research in the Gulf Coast region into a vital, growing enterprise, capable of, and committed to, addressing the region's unique health problems. Systems already in use at Pennington Biomedical Research Center serve as a template for all LA CaTS Center Clinical Research Offices (CROs), giving us the advantage of a uniform, systematic approach and a magnified potential for regional and state-wide efforts to serve our population. The LA CaTS Center will also partner with another IDeA state, South Carolina, specifically from the fact that South Carolina shares similar health care issues with Louisiana, has similar socio-economic conditions, and that our institutions have a record of successful collaborative efforts.

Public Health Relevance

The LA CaTS Center will promote training and enhance clinical and translational research to with the following being major areas of research focus: 1) nutrition and chronic disease, 2) health disparities, 3) preventative approaches to health, including vaccine development. The theme of the LA CaTS Center is prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Specialized Center--Cooperative Agreements (U54)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-3 (01))
Program Officer
Liu, Yanping
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Lsu Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Organized Research Units
Baton Rouge
United States
Zip Code
Staiano, Amanda E; Marker, Arwen M; Frelier, Johannah M et al. (2016) Influence of Screen-Based Peer Modeling on Preschool Children's Vegetable Consumption and Preferences. J Nutr Educ Behav 48:331-335.e1
Kheir, Fayez; Alokla, Khalid; Myers, Leann et al. (2016) Endobronchial Ultrasound-Transbronchial Needle Aspiration of Mediastinal and Hilar Lymphadenopathy Learning Curve. Am J Ther 23:e1016-9
Lammi, Matthew R; Mathai, Stephen C; Saketkoo, Lesley Ann et al. (2016) Association Between Initial Oral Therapy and Outcomes in Systemic Sclerosis-Related Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Arthritis Rheumatol 68:740-8
Burton, Jeffrey H; Johnson, William D; Greenway, Frank L (2016) Solid Dose Form of Metformin with Ethyl Eicosapentaenoic Acid Does Not Improve Metformin Plasma Availability. Pharmacol Pharm 7:29-35
Pomwised, Rattanaruji; Intamaso, Uraiwan; Teintze, Martin et al. (2016) Coupling Peptide Antigens to Virus-Like Particles or to Protein Carriers Influences the Th1/Th2 Polarity of the Resulting Immune Response. Vaccines (Basel) 4:
Cefalu, William T; Boulton, Andrew J M; Tamborlane, William V et al. (2016) Building Momentum: Taking on the Real “Issues” of Diabetes Care! Diabetes Care 39:10-12
Duhé, Abby F; Gilmore, L Anne; Burton, Jeffrey H et al. (2016) The Remote Food Photography Method Accurately Estimates Dry Powdered Foods-The Source of Calories for Many Infants. J Acad Nutr Diet 116:1172-7
Joseph, Ann Mary; Srivastava, Ratika; Zabaleta, Jovanny et al. (2016) Cross-talk between 4-1BB and TLR1-TLR2 Signaling in CD8+ T Cells Regulates TLR2's Costimulatory Effects. Cancer Immunol Res 4:708-16
Staiano, A E; Marker, A M; Beyl, R A et al. (2016) A randomized controlled trial of dance exergaming for exercise training in overweight and obese adolescent girls. Pediatr Obes :
Schuna Jr, John M; Barreria, Tiago V; Hsia, Daniel S et al. (2016) Youth Energy Expenditure During Common Free-Living Activities and Treadmill Walking. J Phys Act Health 13:S29-34

Showing the most recent 10 out of 323 publications