About LA CaTS

Linking to CoBREs and INBRE

An important concept in maximizing the impact of the IDeA-CTR award in Louisiana is to seek synergies with the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)-funded research mentoring programs in the state. Louisiana qualifies for Institutional Development Award (IDeA) funding for the NCRR. There are two types of these awards in Louisiana, the COBRE (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence) and INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence).

CoBREs
CoBREs support thematic multidisciplinary centers to augment and strengthen institutional research capacity by expanding and developing biomedical faculty research capability. CoBRE promotes collaborative interactive efforts among researchers with complementary backgrounds, skills, and expertise; and to compete independently for external peer-reviewed center or program project grant support.

There are 48 junior faculty being mentored in these programs, currently. The LA CaTS Center shall give these mentees the status of LA CaTS Center Scholars and provide them with the benefits of membership that the LA CaTS Center K12 Scholars receive.

The CoBRE awards; Impact of LA CaTS Center

CoBRE Programs in Louisiana
Institution Theme PI/ Director
Pennington Biomedical Research Center Mentoring in Obesity and Diabetes Research in LA Thomas Gettys, PhD
LSU A&M (LSU School of Veterinary medicine & Tulane National Primate Center) Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research Konstantin Kousoulas, PhD
LSUHSC in Shreveport Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology Dennis O’ Callaghan, PhD
LSUHSC in New Orleans (and Tulane HSC) Mentoring in Cardiovascular Biology Daniel Kapusta, PhD, FAHA
LSUHSC in New Orleans Mentoring in Neuroscience in LA: A Biomedical program to enhance Neuroscience Nicholas Bazan, MD, PhD
LSUHSC in New Orleans Mentoring in Translational Research in LA Augusto Ochoa, MD
Tulane HSC Tulane COBRE for Clinical and Translational Research in Cardiometabolic Diseases Jiang He, MD, DSC, PhD
Tulane HSC Hypertension and Renal Biology L. Gabriel Navar, PhD
Tulane University Biomedical Aging Research S. Michal Jazwinski, Ph.D.

INBRE
The IDeA program was established for the purpose of broadening the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical and behavioral research. The objectives of INBRE program are to: 1) continue to build on the established multi-disciplinary research network with a scientific focus to strengthen the lead and partner institutions' biomedical research expertise and infrastructure; 2) build and increase the research base and capacity by providing support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the participating institutions; 3) provide research opportunities for students from undergraduate institutions, community colleges and TCUs and serve as a "pipeline" for these students to continue in health research careers within IDeA states; 4) enhance science and technology knowledge of the state's workforce.

INBRE Program in Louisiana

Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) 3 Cores:
Administration and Outreach Bioinformatics/Biocomputing
Molecular and Cell Biology
K. Gus Kousoulas, PhD