School of Medicine

Comprehensive Alcohol Research Center

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The scientific focus of the Comprehensive Alcohol-HIV/AIDS Research Center (CARC) at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans is to conduct cutting edge basic research on the impact of unhealthy alcohol use and HIV disease pathogenesis and risk of comorbidities.  Our goal is to use a bidirectional translational approach to accelerate the translation of key basic and applied research findings on alcohol and HIV to clinical practice. The CARC provides an integrated scientific and administrative research infrastructure for interdisciplinary collaboration in the design and conduct of studies at the cutting edge of alcohol and HIV/AIDS science and in training of biomedical researchers focused on alcohol and associated comorbidities.

Meet Our Faculty
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Patricia Molina, MD, PhD
Director, CARC
Dr. Molina

  • Expand bidirectional translational research on AUD and HIV in underserved minority populations
  • Enhance the research capabilities and interdisciplinary interactions and maintain an excellent scientific environment and infrastructure to maximize productivity
  • Attract and nurture new investigators in the field of alcohol research
  • Provide a wide range of stimulating training and career development opportunities for new and established alcohol and HIV/AIDS researchers
  • Serve as a local and national resource for scientific dissemination on the impact of alcohol use disorders on HIV disease

Funding for this site is provided by The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).