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LSUHSC awarded $12 million for cancer, infectious diseases research & research pipeline
Date:10/20/2010

New Orleans, LA LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has been awarded $12 million over five years by the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on diseases like prostate and stomach cancers, lymphoma and leukemia, dengue fever, tuberculosis, and herpes infections, as well as to support the development of academic research scientists. The grant is a second round of funding for a $10.6 million Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant awarded to Dr. Augusto Ochoa, Professor and Director of the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans in 2005.

"This new funding will support LSUHSC research in the new Louisiana Cancer Research Center under construction on our campus," notes Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. "This type of grant is doubly valuable because it provides comprehensive support to the research pipeline. It will fund not only research that advances treatment, prevention, or cure, but will also help develop the next generation of competitively funded faculty research scientists."

Research projects of junior faculty paired with senior, established faculty mentors supported under the new grant include:

  • Prostate cancer a project that addresses the manner in which infections of the prostate stimulate the production of Prosaposin, a new molecule found to promote the growth of prostate cancer. Understanding these mechanisms could help develop new treatments for preventing or even inhibiting the continued growth of prostate cancer cells.
  • Gastric Cancer a project that will determine the genetic traits that characterize the individuals who develop a severe form of gastritis from H. pylori infection that can lead to gastric, or stomach, cancer.
  • Leukemia a project that is developing a new treatment to stop the growth of T cell leukemias and induce the death of malignant cells.
  • Dengue Virus Infections a project focused on either
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Contact: Leslie Capo
lcapo@lsuhsc.edu
504-568-4806
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Source:Eurekalert

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