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LSUHSC awarded $5.6 million NCI grant to save lives and boost economy
Date:8/7/2014

sicians, nurses, health care personnel and researchers in Louisiana," adds Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine. "The initiative will enhance the biomedical and clinical workforce in our state and region by increasing the number of professionals experienced in conducting health disparities research, developing cancer care delivery capabilities, and implementing advanced clinical trials."

Pharmaceutical companies will have more opportunities to participate in the new biomedical and clinical research programs and the new health care facilities developing in Louisiana. It has been estimated that this kind of activity could bring in many millions of additional dollars over the grant period as well. Estimates range from $10 million to $30 million.

"The GS-MU-NCORP is the result of a concerted effort by clinical and research leaders from the Cancer Centers at LSU-New Orleans and Shreveport and the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to create a network of centers that can provide access to cutting-edge treatments for cancer patients in the Gulf South region," notes the grant's Principal Investigator, Dr. Augusto Ochoa, Director of the LSUHSC New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center. "It provides access to high-quality research studies to patients closer to home, where family, friends and their support system is available. The GS-MU-NCORP is also a major step in addressing the health disparities caused by cancer among our citizens, especially minorities, and establishes new opportunities for cancer care in the region."

This new NCORP funding replaces and expands the LSUHSC New Orleans Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program, an award-winning program addressing health disparities in cancer for the past 20 years. The NCORP program significantly expands those efforts and provides additional benefits.

It expands programs in cancer prevention, screening and survivorship programs to improve early di
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Contact: Leslie Capo
lcapo@lsuhsc.edu
504-568-4806
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
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