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LSUHSC'S OCHOA 1 of 10 chosen by NIH director for Transformative Research Award
Date:10/1/2013

nly kills the virus, but also controls the damaging inflammation that accompanies this disease.

"It is important to find a treatment that can both kill the virus and control inflammation while allowing for the development of protective and long-lasting immunity," notes Dr. Augusto Ochoa, Director of the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center and Al Copeland/Cancer Crusaders Chair in Neuroendocrine Cancer at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. "Our work suggests that simple and achievable metabolic changes can provide both of these effects and promote the healing of the tissues by altering the way the body responds to viral infections."

The grant will fund a research team including LSUHSC's Dr. Ochoa and Dr. Paulo Rodriguez, leaders in the field of immunology, chronic inflammation and immunotherapy, and Dr. James Hill and Dr. Timothy Foster, experts in ophthalmology and virology, as well as scientists with expertise in cancer immunotherapies and pulmonary infections from the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Tennessee.

Additionally, this award will create two new postdoctoral positions at LSUHSC and will support the training and mentorship of junior scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.


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Contact: Leslie Capo
lcapo@lsuhsc.edu
504-568-4806
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
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