Our Mission and Vision
The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) was founded in 2002 under the direction of the Louisiana State Legislature. Our mission is to promote education and conduct research in the diagnosis, detection and treatment of cancer, while pursuing a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation.
To carry out our mission, LCRC brought together the four research and medical powerhouses in the state to form a partnership called the LCRC Consortium. Each consortium partner contributes 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. We also have a strong statewide community outreach and prevention education effort through our Tobacco-Free Living program. Our vision is to address the needs of the people we serve and win the fight against cancer. We 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 membership includes more than 200 researchers representing a strong inter-and-intradisciplinary activity across the member institutions. We maintain seven shared resource cores and support laboratory, clinical and population sciences research. Our strengths include: molecular genetics and signaling; proteomics; immunology, infection and inflammation; viral oncology; drug discovery; and, minority health and health disparities. With the opening of our new 10-story facility, we have strengthened our environment to encourage cross-institutional and transdisciplinary collaboration.
LCRC is privileged to receive tremendous community, institutional and State support. Over the years, the State has invested approximately $85 million in LCRC capital projects. We also receive approximately $10 million annually for research and support from the State tobacco tax funding. Our Tobacco-Free Living initiative receives additional funding each year from the State tobacco tax proceeds. LCRC investigators and consortium partners are successful in winning competitive research grant awards to leverage the State’s investment and move our mission forward. We are also grateful for the active financial and volunteer support given by individuals and service organizations who stand beside us in the fight against cancer.