LSU Vet School gets $11.5M grant to launch pulmonary research center

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine has been awarded more than $11.5 million in funding over five years to launch a new research center to explore how lung diseases develop in order to better treat and prevent lung diseases in humans.

Funding for the Center for Lung Biology and Disease, according to an LSU announcement, comes from the National Institutes of Health Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, which aims to develop or expand “unique, innovative, state-of-the-art biomedical and behavioral research centers at institutions in states that have historically received low levels of support from NIH, including Louisiana.”

Researchers will explore how devastating lung diseases develop in order to better treat and prevent lung diseases in humans—a growing problem across the state and country, particularly with babies, the immunocompromised and the elderly.

The center’s launch is the first of three phases of support from COBRE for the project and can be renewed over two sequential five-year phases, with funding totaling $32 million over the 15-year period.

“This new center award is the second major federally funded center award that builds on the success of the COBRE on Experimental Infectious Disease Research, now in its 15th year, in the state of Louisiana,” said Gus Kousoulas, LSU vice president for research & economic development, in a prepared statement. ”LSU plans to submit additional COBRE applications in the future.”

Samithamby Jeyaseelan, the William L. Jenkins Professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, will serve as the center’s principal investigator, while Rhonda Cardin, associate dean for research and advanced studies, will serve as co-investigator.

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