LSUHS Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences

The mission of the CCDS to advance understanding of cardiovascular disease and translational research while developing future generations of scientists.

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Although we can’t meet in person this year, the AHA is planning a dynamic GO RED FOR WOMEN digital experience March 18, 6:30-7:30 pm, to celebrate the local impact AHA has made in the community. The evening will include: inspirational speakers, the 2021 Woman of Impact winner will be announced, cooking demonstration and we will hear from our own, Dr. A. Wayne Orr, CCDS Director, about the cardiovascular research happening at LSU- Health Shreveport.

RSVP at:

Visit NWLAGoRed.HEART.ORG for more information!


LSU Health Shreveport- School of Graduate Studies

The Graduate Student of the Month for March is Gaganpreet Kaur! She joined the Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the fall of 2016. Her mentor is Dr. Norman Harris. Keep an eye out to learn more about Gaganpreet throughout this month! 03/01/2021

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Drug, Alcohol Use at a Young Age Can Affect Heart Health

LSUHS Director and Professor, Dr. Wayne Orr, was recently featured in a Healthline article entitled "Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco Use at a Young Age Can Cause Premature Heart Problems." Dr. Orr is the Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences, a Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and a Director and Professor of the Division of Research, Department of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology. Read the full article below. Experts say the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco at a young age can cause premature heart health issues, especially for women.


LSU Health Shreveport- School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Sumitra Miriyala, an Assistant Professor in the Deportment of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, has received the 2020 Allen Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching from LSU Health Shreveport. Congratulations, Dr. Sumi!


LSU Health Shreveport- School of Graduate Studies

The Student of the Month for February is Cassidy Blackburn! Cassidy joined LSU Health Shreveport- Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2016, where she now works in the lab of Dr. Matthew Woolard. Stay tuned to learn more about Cassidy this month!


Thank you to all of those that wore red today for National Wear Red Day! Despite the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of women in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association’s newly released 2021 Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics. Head over to the American Heart Association webpage to see how you can make an impact throughout the month of February. We'd also like to salute the incredible cardiovascular research being done by the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences and our LSUHS physicians and support staff caring for those with cardiovascular disease. #LSUHSWearsRed,raise%20awareness%20about%20cardiovascular%20disease.


LSU Health Shreveport

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Bailey, Chairman of Internal Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport, for being named by the American College of Physicians (ACP) as a 2021 Mastership recipient. This recognition is awarded selectively to those who have demonstrated impact in practice, leadership and research. Dr. Bailey is the fourth faculty member at LSUHS to receive this prestigious recognition and among only fifteen Louisiana physicians bestowed with this honor. The award will be formally presented in 20201 at the Annual ACP Meeting in Orlando, FL. 08/13/2020

How One Academic Medical Center in Deep-Red Louisiana Made a Difference With Early Testing Louisiana is getting pummeled by the virus. But without a comprehensive early testing program in Shreveport, it would have been worse still.


LSU Health Shreveport

Health Matters: Testing & Treatment for COVID-19
Host Dr. Sanford Katz was joined by Andrew Yurochko, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Carroll Feist Chair of Viral Oncology at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. John Vanchiere, Chief of LSU Health Shreveport Department of Pediatrics Infectious Diseases. Discussion on testing, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 were the topics discussed on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Listen to the recording at


LSU Health Shreveport- School of Graduate Studies

Heather Fulkerson, a student in the LSU Health Shreveport- Department of Microbiology and Immunology , on her recent publication, titled, "thHCMV-induced signaling through gB-EGFR engagement is required for viral trafficking and nuclear translocation in primary human monocytes" in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Congratulations to Heather and everyone involved in this project!


LSU Health Shreveport

SAVE THE DATE: The Daily Beast Senior Columnist | Writer and Host of One America Podcast Sophia Nelson will moderate a LIVE Twitter discussion with LSU Health Shreveport faculty members and experts on health disparities on Wednesday, July 29 at 12 p.m. EST/11 a.m. CST. Read Sophia’s Daily Beast article here: 07/26/2020

Dr. G.E. Ghali: Remembering an icon in the development of LSU Health Sciences Center LSUHS Chancellor Dr. G.E. Ghali lauds the contributions of Donald Zadeck. 07/14/2020

Dr. G.E. Ghali outlines possible consequences of people not wearing masks or social distancing CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK


LSU Health Shreveport

NEW GRANT AWARD: Congratulations to Chris Kevil, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research, who was awarded a 4-year NIH R01 grant for $1,711,972 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for his project, “CSE regulation of vascular remodeling.”


KTBS 3 News

Cutting edge research and testing are being done in our hometown. We are live at LSU Health Science in Shreveport. >>


LSU Health Shreveport

District 8L Lions Club, comprised of 21 clubs located throughout north Louisiana, recently received a grant from the Lions Club International Foundation to assist with emergency services for medical supplies needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. When the Lions Club learned about the COVID-19 research and community testing efforts being led by the Emerging Viral Threat (EVT) Lab at LSU Health Shreveport, they did not hesitate to offer their support. In addition to donating 300 medical grade masks, the Lions Club facilitated acquiring three pieces of equipment needed by the EVT Lab at LSUHS to conduct testing. Thank you to District 8L Lions Club and local Lions Club leaders for this generous donation and delivering the masks and equipment today!


LSU Health Shreveport

Dr. Xiao-Hong Lu, a researcher and Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience at LSU Health Shreveport, was recently interviewed for a segment with Louisiana Public Broadcasting about his research and how he used gene-editing to delete autism and schizophrenia-related DNA from mouse brain cells. Watch the segment here:


LSU Health Shreveport

Working together our community is making progress in increasing COVID-19 testing as Caddo Parish Commission and Inferno Manufacturing Corp. made significant investments allowing the Emerging Viral Threat testing lab at LSU Health Shreveport to take testing into the medically underserved community. Working with Region 7 Office of Public Health, the City of Shreveport, the National Guard and David Raines Community Health Clinics, we officially kicked off this important step in the health of our citizens and in securing the knowledge to create an effective return to work plan.

For additional details and to read the full press release, visit


LSU Health Shreveport

Congratulations to Dr. Connie Arnold, Professor of Medicine, and Dr. Terry Davis, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, who have been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Health Disparities and Research Subcommittee. The Health Disparities and Research Subcommittee provides research and data regarding the disparities aligned with COVID-19. Both Dr. Davis and Dr. Arnold are experts in this area and have dedicated their careers to expanding access to medical care in underrepresented areas and improving the health outcomes of vulnerable populations.

Read more about the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force:


KTBS 3 News

LSU Health Science Center still learning new ways to battle respiratory issues concerning COVID-19.


LSU Health Shreveport

Scientists at LSU Health Shreveport continue to have a significant impact on the fight against COVID-19 in Louisiana with their latest achievement being able to offer serology testing. LSUHS researchers will be using serology testing to support the convalescent plasma therapy clinical trial and help identify ideal plasma donors.

"The serology lab will aid the Convalescent Plasma Therapy that is ongoing at LSU Health Shreveport. By identifying the amount of antibody in donated plasma, we can select of the most effective plasma to be used in patients," said Matthew Woolard, PhD, O'Callaghan Family Endowed Professor in Microbiology and Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. "In the future, we hope to use this serology assay to better determine who has been infected and understand the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic in Northwest Louisiana."

Watch the latest LSUHS COVID-19 Research Update:


KTBS 3 News

LSU Health Shreveport's work with COVID-19 likely will earn the medical facility a place in the 2020 history books.


LSU Health Shreveport

LSU Health Shreveport is one of the first places in the U.S. to enroll patients in an international study testing using inhaled nitric oxide to improve outcomes for COVID-19 patients with severely damaged lungs, using gas to effectively “kill” corona virus in the lungs and improve delivery of oxygen to injured tissues.

“This is a wonderful collaboration with two highly regarded institutions in the U.S. as well as the sites in Europe. We have tremendous confidence this therapy will alter the devastating effects of COVID-19 but we must test it. If results show promise, and since this gas is already FDA approved, widespread use could begin immediately,” shared Keith Scott, MD, MSc, FCCM, Principal Investigator for the nitric oxide clinical trial. “I am fortunate to have my esteemed colleague Steven Conrad, MD, PhD, MS, ME, MBA, MSST, MSC, working alongside me on this trial as he brings immense research experience and knowledge in working with critically ill patients.”

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The CCDS was proud to be a sponsor of the 2020 NW Louisiana Go Red for Women event this evening and have many of our AHA-funded researchers in attendance. This annual event helps raise critically-needed funds that support important education and research initiatives in the fight against heart disease and stroke in northwest Louisiana. Thank you to everyone who attended for supporting the American Heart Association!


The American Heart Association's "Faces of Research" event was held at LSU Health Shreveport tonight. Attendees heard from Dr. Wayne Orr, Dr. Kevin Lin, and Dr. Shenuarin Bhuiyan. Dr. Mani Panchataram gave a tour of his lab and Alex Do Couto e Silva gave a tour of Dr. Lin's lab.

Funding from AHA makes it possible for our researchers to continue their work studying cardiovascular disease and enhancing the treatment of cardiovascular disease in Northwest Louisiana.

LSU Health Shreveport was honored to host leadership and supporters of the American Heart Association - Louisiana for the ”Faces of Research” tour and briefing. Attendees welcomed learning about the robust cardiovascular research occurring within the LSU Health Shreveport CCDS. Each researcher thanked AHA and its donors for the positive impact on their careers.


Wearing RED for National Wear Red Day. Helping to raise awareness about Cardiovascular Disease.


Join us by wearing RED tomorrow for National Wear Red Day!!

ONE. MORE. DAY. We can't wait for the chance to raise awareness about #GoRedforWomen and the fight against heart disease. Join us for National Wear Red Day® TOMORROW! #WearRedDay #WearRedandGive


Thank you to Dr. Robert Taylor (Emory University) for presenting a Clinical Lecture and a Malcolm Feist Lecture as well as attend our fellow's poster session on February 3. 2020.


CCDS Poster Session happening now in the BRI Atrium. Come join us and support our fellows!!


LSU Health Shreveport

Chris Kevil, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport, a leading cardiovascular researcher, and a pioneer in the treatment of peripheral artery disease, was recently appointed as Chair of JanOne’s Scientific Advisory Board. Watch Dr. Kevil’s interview on America This Week w/ Eric Bolling to learn more about his research on treating PAD and JanOne’s mission to find a solution to non-addictive pain relief:


Congratulations Heather!!

Last week, senior student Heather Fulkerson was awarded the McCleskey award at the South Central Branch of the American Society of Microbiology meeting. This annual award is given to the top presentation given by a doctoral student. Congratulations Heather!


Research and Industry Day (RAID) 2019


Heart Health Day 2019

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the first annual Heart Health Day last Saturday!

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