Our mission

To work across institutional boundaries to reduce the impact of cancer throughout Louisiana and the Gulf region through locally focused high-impact cancer research, patient care, education, and community outreach and engagement done in alignment with our unique cultural, ethnic, and environmental characteristics.

Our vision

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center exists to serve the people of Louisiana. Our job is simple: to build a healthier community by creating more personal victories in the fight against cancer—and the tactics that treat and prevent it.

What we do

LCRC membership includes more than 200 researchers representing strong inter- and intra-disciplinary activity across the member institutions. We maintain shared resource cores that 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.

our History

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and Tulane Health Sciences Center (LCRC) was created 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. Since inception, our mission has been to develop a coordinated cancer research, education, and clinical programs 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.
Stronger together

OUR PARTNER Institutions

To carry out our mission, the LCRC brings together the four research and medical powerhouses. 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 adds depth to the clinical trials and medical framework needed to touch patients’ lives.
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) consists of six (6) schools of medical practice, which include: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Graduate Studies, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.

The Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center (SSSCC) is a multidisciplinary center within the School of Medicine, whose researchers and clinicians apply a range of expertise to cancer research, education, and patient care. SSSCC’s investigators are dedicated to furthering research on the pathogenesis, prevention, treatment, and eventual eradication of cancer. Its members hold approximately $20 million in annual funding for cancer-related clinical, basic, and translational research in areas including Molecular Signaling, Population Science, Genetics and Viral Carcinogenesis, and Immunology.

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 the local 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.
Tulane University, a private institution, is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent researchuniversities in the United States. Tulane's schools and college offer degrees in the liberal arts, science andengineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine.

Tulane Cancer Center was founded as a matrix center in 1993, a resource for supporting cancer-focused basic research and clinical faculty from home departments across the University.  Since its founding, Tulane Cancer Center has invested and leveraged its assets into growing and enhancing our research programs and has developed several to levels of national and international prominence.  These research endeavors have established a pipeline to translate key laboratory discoveries into improved treatment options for our patients.

As an academic cancer center, Tulane's cancer specialists offer its patients the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach as well as access to cutting-edge investigational treatment and prevention trials.  Through focused mentorship and training, the Tulane School of  have also prioritized preparation and education of the next generation of cancer researchers and physician scientists.
Xavier University of Louisiana is America’s only Historically Black and Catholic University which, despite its relatively small size of 3,300 students, is a nationally recognized leader in the STEM and health sciences fields, producing more African American students who graduate from medical school each year than any other university in the United States. Its College of Pharmacy is also among the top producers of African American pharmacists. Today Xavier remains committed to its founding mission of serving the underrepresented Black population and the “the promotion of a more just and humane society.” And yet its doors have, and still are, open to all races and creeds. The university is noted for its school of pharmacy. In addition, it is recognized for its programs in the fields of physics, biology and life sciences, and physical sciences.
Ochsner Health is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, and more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner Medical Center is the #1 ranked hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report and is recognized as a “Best Hospital” across two specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner Hospital for Children is the only facility in Louisiana to be recognized as a top 50 children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years. Ochsner employs more than 26,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies.

The Ochsner Cancer Institute is the largest provider of cancer care in the Gulf South region, with a focus on  multidisciplinary care for cancer patients by a highly skilled team of physicians, oncology nurses, social workers, researchers, and other healthcare professionals. Ochsner’s specialists treat more than 32,000 cancer patients annually, from all 50 states and 28 countries. Ochsner has 12 cancer treatment facilities throughout the state including:

The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans

Ochsner Cancer Center - Baton Rouge and Ochsner Medical Complex - The Grove , which offer cancer treatment services to Greater Baton Rouge residents.

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport

The cancer program at the Ochsner Cancer Institute is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In addition, the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Ochsner also sponsors a fully accredited Hematology and Oncology Fellowship training program with 3 fellows per year. The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center in New Orleans is currently undergoing an expansion, opening April 2020 that will double its size to  250,000 square feet.