The ranks of AIRI institutes continue to grow in 2016. This post is one of two this week to welcome new AIRI Members.
The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) was established in 2002 by the Louisiana State Legislature with the primary strategic objective of building a consortium cancer center worthy of such official designation by the National Cancer Institute. Their mission is to develop a coordinated cancer research and education program that will optimize discovery and development of innovative cancer therapies; lead to innovative clinical treatment programs offering new opportunities for early detection, treatment, and prevention of cancer in the region; and promote regional economic growth.
To carry out that mission, the LCRC brings together four research and medical powerhouses who contribute their unique strengths to the LCRC. Originating partners, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Tulane University Health Sciences Center bring an extensive research and education base, with a strong depth of scientific knowledge. Xavier University of Louisiana brings expertise in pharmacology, health disparities and minority health; and, Ochsner Health System adds depth to the clinical trials and medical framework needed to touch patients’ lives.
Their state of the art research building forms the nexus of cancer research in New Orleans and beyond. At the Research Center and at partnering institutions, researchers and clinicians come together to work toward:
- Optimizing the discovery and development of innovative cancer therapies; leading to innovative clinical treatment programs that will offer new opportunities for early detection, treatment, and prevention of cancer, thus reducing the State's mortality rate.
- Affording Louisiana citizens better access to comprehensive cancer care within their home state.
- Fueling economic development by helping to attract talented faculty, federal grants, industrial partnerships, and by the creation of other lucrative employment opportunities.
- Supporting the state's biotechnology initiatives by fostering integration and collaboration with other medical, research and biotech entities.
LCRC membership includes more than 200 researchers representing a strong inter-and-intradisciplinary activity across the member institutions supported by shared resource cores that foster laboratory, clinical and population sciences research. Strengths include: molecular genetics and signaling; proteomics; immunology, infection and inflammation; viral oncology; drug discovery; and, minority health and health disparities.
According to Sven Davisson, Chief Administrative Officer and Acting President-CEO, “In addition to its basic and clinical research programs, the LCRC has a strong statewide community outreach and prevention education effort through The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living program. Our vision is to address the needs of the people we serve and to win the fight against cancer. Our people are synergized by the diverse scientific breadth of the LCRC-member teams and the statewide response to our outreach initiatives and are poised to advance a research agenda and reach our goal”.
LCRC is the first AIRI institute in the State of Louisiana. We warmly welcome them to the AIRI community. Please visit their web site for more information: