Five years after receiving a grant to establish a research center, the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine saw funding renewed in the amount of $11.1 million.
In July 2004, the school received a $9.9 million grant to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. This July, the grant was renewed for another five years.
The original grant to LSU created a Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research, which is an alliance among the school, the LSU College of Basic Sciences, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. It allowed for professors to establish research programs that competed for independent funding by the National Institutes of Health.
Now with the grant renewed, researchers can build on the accomplishments made from the previous funding period, and continue efforts toward establishing an independent center.
Ultimately, the participating organizations hope to strengthen existing infectious disease research and enhance collaborative efforts to form a Louisiana-based Center of Excellence that is self-sustaining. In addition, they anticipate research outcomes will be translated to new diagnostics, vaccines, and other treatment modalities for ameliorating infectious diseases in humans and other animals.