Research

LSU Health Sciences Center

Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center

Established in 1990, the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center (SSSCC) provides our community with information on how to reduce their chances of developing cancer; performs screening to detect cancer at an early, treatable stage of the disease; diagnoses and treats cancer patients; houses state-of-the-art core facilities; conducts laboratory research and translates our findings into the clinics; disseminates our findings to the community; and, trains the next generation of scientists.

Under the direction of Dr. Augusto Ochoa, SSSCC has over 120 researchers and physicians who are working towards one common goal, to decrease the heavy burden of cancer within our community. To achieve this goal, SSSCC has established several programs focused on clinical trials, basic and translational research, and minority health and health disparities to support our mission.

Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (MBCCOP)

Established in 1993, the SSSCC MBCCOP provides cancer patients with opportunities to participate in clinical trials offered through the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Partnering with regional healthcare leaders including Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Hattiesburg General Hospital, and Gulfport Memorial, SSSCC provides over 60 clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of many types of cancer. As one of 13 MB-CCOPs funded by NCI, this program is delivering potentially life-saving care to patients across southern Louisiana and Mississippi. In 2009, our MBCCOP team received national recognition for their achievements, received the prestigious Harry Hynes award in recognition of outstanding community oncology.

Mentoring Translational Researchers in Louisiana (COBRE)

In 2005, Augusto Ochoa, MD established a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence program called “Mentoring Translational Researchers in Louisiana”. Recognizing the importance of training promising junior investigators, the National Institutes of Health has provided over $20M for this initiative which provides core infrastructure and mentorship to promising junior investigators who are conducting translational research in immunobiology and the immunopathology of cancer and chronic diseases.

Dillard-LSUHSC Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHHDRC)

Led by John Estrada, MD, who, along with John Wilson, PhD, at Dillard University, serves as a PI for the MHHDRC award, this program is the first NIH-funded health disparities research center in Louisiana. Designed to improve the health of underserved populations in New Orleans and the surrounding regions, the center’s objectives are to conduct health disparity research, develop minority faculty into successful investigators, expose undergraduates to health disparity research, and train minority nursing students to become clinical research associates.

Mid-South Trans-disciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research (Mid-South TCC)

The Mid-South TCC is a partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham through which SSSCC researchers are investigating the social, economic, cultural, and environmental factors driving and sustaining health disparities across the lifespan. Long-term outcomes from these studies aim to develop and implement interventions to improve outcomes of health disparities.

Community-Academic Partnership to Address Health Disparities in New Orleans (CAPAHD)

SSSCC is engaging the community to address social determinants of health through health assessments and education, disease prevention, and access to primary care.  This partnership comprises community organizations, SSSCC researchers, and New Orleans healthcare facilities who work together to identify social issues within the community contributing to health disparities, such as obesity and cancer; investigate the molecular bases of these disparities in the laboratory; and translate these findings into clinical interventions.