The LSU and University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors have provided one-year conditional approval of the request to establish the Center for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (CTERM), a collaborative research endeavor between LSU Health Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University.
The proposal will be reviewed next by the Louisiana Board of Regents.
The Center for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (CTERM) will focus on the development of cell-based and tissue-engineering therapies to combat tissue inflammation, damage, and loss associated with complications of metabolic syndrome or trauma injury. Specifically, the goal of CTERM is to produce clinically relevant stem cells and biomaterial scaffolds to generate useful cell- and tissue-based therapies that can combat the loss of healthy tissue associated with chronic diseases.
A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from LSU Health Shreveport and Louisiana Tech will combine their expertise to study chronic health issues that affect the region and parishes across the state, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The CTERM will also offer an ideal environment to train future scientists, engineers and clinicians for careers in stem cell biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
“We are grateful for the approval of the governing boards of LSU and the UL System. This collaboration holds tremendous potential for addressing the issue of tissue loss associated with chronic disease, as well as providing an innovative genre of scientific training,” stated Dr. Chris Kevil, Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport.
“This new Center is directly aligned with our commitment to providing the highest quality research, education, and economic development for our state and nation,” said Dr. Les Guice, President of Louisiana Tech University. “This formal partnership has grown from collaborations between our two institutions over several years, and it represents an opportunity to capitalize on the respective strengths of faculty and staff at both institutions.”
CTERM supports an already established collaborative relationship between LSUHS and Louisiana Tech, and will enhance opportunities available to students, researchers and clinicians in a critical area of basic and translational research.