Tulane to Receive Nearly $16 Million to Recruit Scientists, Commercialize Research

June 27, 2007

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5210

Three separate projects proposed by Tulane University were selected to receive a total of nearly $16 million dollars over the next three years by the Louisiana Board of Regents through the "Research Commercialization and Educational Enhancement Program," an initiative designed to ensure the future success of campuses most severely impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The number one-ranked funded proposal, submitted jointly by Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, will create a Clinical and Translational Research Education and Commercialization Program in the downtown medical district of New Orleans.

That proposal, co-led by principal investigators Alan Miller, interim senior vice president for health sciences at Tulane, and Steve Nelson, professor of pediatrics at LSU, will receive $5.95 million over the next three years to provide cutting edge treatments to patients, train physicians in clinical research and spur development of bio-business in the New Orleans area.

Other funding included a $5.8 million proposal led by Robert Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane, for the Louisiana Peptide Translational Research Consortium. The grant will be used to identify, produce, test and commercialize peptide-based therapeutics for a wide array of diseases.

Tulane professor Vijay John, chair of Tulane's chemical and biomolecular engineering department, was awarded a $3.9 million grant for his proposal to collaborate with Xavier University and Nunez Community College on scientific discoveries that have commercialization potential and to develop a skilled workforce in chemical sciences at the undergraduate and technician levels.

Additionally, Pierre Buekens, dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in partnership with Loyola University, was awarded a half million grant for the enhancement of undergraduate research in cancer biology. Proposals for funding the Research Commercialization and Educational Enhancement Program were solicited from university campuses in the eight parishes designated by HUD as most severely impacted by the 2005 hurricanes.

Projects addressed issues of primary importance to these affected campuses, including faculty recruitment and retention, student development and support, development of core facilities, and technology commercialization. Funding priorities for the competition were overseen by the Board of Regents, the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, the Louisiana State Legislature, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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