Health

LSU alumni make up 2 of every 3 Louisiana physicians, dentists, and veterinarians. With two health sciences centers in New Orleans and Shreveport and a research center dedicated to biomedical research—Pennington Biomedical—working alongside our Flagship and other campuses throughout the state, LSU is in the business of saving and improving lives and tackling our biggest health challenges, such as cancer, obesity, and diabetes.

Cherice Harrison-Nelson

LSU Health New Orleans Supports Musicians and Artists

Meet Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Queen of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society and breast cancer survivor.

Ja'Corey Thomas

Caring in the Extreme: Personalized Care for Northwest Louisiana

LSU Health Shreveport improves care through biomechanical research.

Citizen health and Army health

LSU PBRC Whole-health App Supports Soldiers—and Everyone

By leveraging technology, LSU PBRC researchers are putting science in the hands of soldiers and their families—and everyone.

Memory game

Fighting COVID-19 with LSU-Developed Artificial Intelligence

Not unlike a memory game, artificial intelligence operates by recognizing patterns faster and better than most humans. The LSU DeepDrug team built artificial intelligence to discover new drugs more quickly, including treatments for COVID-19.

Hands showing a red pill and a blue pill

LSU Health Shreveport Discovery Offers New Approach to Solving Addiction

While almost all research on addiction to stimulants (such as meth and cocaine) remains focused on dopamine and the body’s pleasure-and-reward system, a researcher at LSU Health Shreveport, Nicholas Goeders, took a different approach. Instead of reward, he looked at stress.

Human organ in a bryostatin solution

Transforming an Invasive Marine Species into a Life-saving Solution for Organ Transplantation

Bryostatin, sourced from an invasive brown bryozoan that is often mistaken for seaweed, could be the key to more viable organs for transplant—LSU Health Shreveport is collaborating with Ochsner in New Orleans to find out.

Spray-on skin technology

Spray-on Skin Lowers Louisiana Mortality Rates from Burns

Dr. Jeffrey Carter, associate professor of surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has spent over a decade developing a new technology for burn and wound care, known as spray-on skin.

Exercise in a pill

“Exercise-in-a-pill” Could Get Louisiana Into Shape

What if there was a pill you could take each day that would prevent your blood sugar from going up and the fat you eat from being stored in your body? LSU PBRC researchers say it’s possible.

Human performance evaluation

LSUS Human Performance Lab Boosts Biotech Innovation in Northwest Louisiana

On what used to be six racquetball courts, there are now three top-notch research labs dedicated to the study of human movement at LSU Shreveport (LSUS)—an exercise science lab, a motion analysis lab, and a motor behavior lab—collectively known as the Human Performance Lab.

Human phantom, sagittal view

Having Our Own Medical Avatar Could Transform Cancer Care and Space Travel

LSU medical physics graduate student Megan Chesal develops human phantoms, computational 3D replicas of entire bodies for medical research.

Drs. Bud and Catherine O’Neal

New Colors, Same Stripes: From LSU Purple and Gold to Our Lady of the Lake Blue

Dr. Hollis “Bud” O’Neal is the medical director of research at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and an LSU Health New Orleans alumnus.

Arthur Johnson

Lingering Pandemic + Another Hurricane? LSU Helps Coastal Communities Prepare

In the very first study to look at impacts of the ongoing pandemic on hurricane preparedness and resilience in Louisiana, researchers at LSU Health New Orleans partnered with more than two dozen community leaders to help validate facts on the ground and turn observations into actionable data.

Jo Anna Fisher

More than 100 LSU Online Programs Help Job Seekers and Employers Adapt to Change

Social worker Jo Anna Fisher’s career did not skip a beat, despite the pandemic and loss of a family member. LSU now offers more than 100 programs online.

Hannah Broussard

LSU Educates Health Care Providers Specifically for Rural Areas

Across the state, LSU is working to provide more and better healthcare for rural residents. From New Orleans to Shreveport, several university programs educate care providers specifically to help fight health disparities.

Dr. Jeffrey Kuo

Dr. Jeffrey Kuo: From LSU Purple and Gold to Ochsner Blue (and Saints Black and Gold)

From when he received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from LSU in 2000 and his MD from LSU Health New Orleans in 2004, Dr. Jeffrey Kuo has been busy.