News & Events

NCI's Virtual Clinical Trials Office Fills the Staffing Shortages at Cancer Centers

Read more about how the NCI's program, modeled after the Gulf South Clinical Trials Network's VRN Program, is helping to increase clinical trial enrollments. Click here

The American Cancer Society Awards $217,500 to Pennington Biomedical Center for Study on Exercise and Colorectal Cancer

Local researcher, Stephanie Compton, Ph.D., RD, LDN, was awarded $217,500 to research the impact of aerobic exercise on postprandial glycemic control and ectopic adipose tissue deposition in colorectal cancer survivors.  Dr. Compton will conduct her study at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge from July 2024 through June 2027. Read more here

Al Copeland Jr. Recalls His Fight to Cure the Cancer That Killed His Famous Father

A supporter of the LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center, Al Copeland, Jr. is a strong advocate for helping to ease the burden of cancer throughout Louisiana. Read more about his journey here.  

Gulf South Clinical Trials Network Named a Spoke in the ARPA-H Customer Experience Catalyst Hub 

The Gulf South Clinical Trials Network has been named a spoke in the ARPA-H Customer Experience Hub, one of three regional hubs that comprise ARPANET-H – a nationwide health innovation network and is dedicated to the needs of people. To read the entire release, click here.

UMC "50 Days of Charity" Campaign

Charity Hospital is celebrating a milestone, nearly 300 years since it opened its doors. Now, UMC is starting a new campaign to celebrate “50 Days of Charity.” Learn more.

$1.2M Grant Awarded to LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center to Help Break Down Barriers to Cervical Cancer Prevention

A research team from LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to eliminate barriers from cervical cancer prevention. The five-year program combines a $1.2 million award from the American Cancer Society and $75,000 a year for five years investment from LSU Health New Orleans. Click here to read the release. 

Free clinical trial for female cancers available at LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center

Rhonda Babin is undergoing a clinical trial at University Medical Center. View her story on  WWL TV to learn more. 

Office Community Outreach and Engagement at State Captiol

Doctors from LSU Health New Orleans joined the LCRC for a day at the state capital sharing important information on breast health. Learn more


LCMC Cancer Center Clinical Trials

The advacnement of cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment could not be possible if it were not for clinical trials. Clinical trials are not a last resort for treatment. Learn more

Keeping our Local Community Healthy

In recognition of Cervical Cancer Month, Dr. Amelia Jernigan organized an HPV/cervical cancer awareness event at a local community center. They partnered with another organization to also offer blood pressure and cardiovascular screenings. Our next outreach even is Jan. 31 at St. Jude Community Center from 8:30 a.m to noon.


Apply for LCRC's Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Experience

College students interested in pursuing a career in cancer research are urged to apply to The Louisiana Cancer Research Center’s 8-week Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Experience, SUCRE. Read more


Talking Business - Joe Ramos is on a Mission to Make New Orleans an NCI Cancer Center

Learn more about Dr. Joe Ramos' vision on the next generation of cancer care in Louisiana and how everyone deserves quality care.  To learn more, click here. 

Regulation of SPDEF expression by DNA methylation in advanced prostate cancer

Prostate cancer (PCa) presents a significant health challenge in men, with a substantial number of deaths attributed to metastatic castration resistant PCa (mCRPC). To learn more, click here. 

Dr. Shawn McKinney Shares Important Tips on Breast Cancer Awareness

To view Dr. McKinney's appearance on Fox 8's NOLA Now, click here

Governor Edwards Announces Statewide Collaboration in Pursuit of NCI Designation
Joe Ramos named Director of LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center

A National Cancer Institute designation would allow vulnerable populations in Louisiana who may not have the means to travel to get care much closer to home. 

Celebrating Progress on World Cancer Research Day And Looking To The Future With Ongoing Clinical Trials

LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center Deputy Director Dr. Augusto Ochoa shares his views on the critical need for ongoing research to develop new forms of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to slow cancer progression and improve the quality of life for those impacted.


Scientists Are Working For A Breakthrough On Pancreatic Cancer

To help lower the rate of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, which in Louisiana are higher than the national average, patients are urged to quit smoking, manage their diabetes and get screened for early detection. 

LSU and Tulane Collaborate to Identify Links Between Obesity and Breast Cancer

Scientists from Louisiana State University (LSU) and Tulane University School of Medicine analyzed more than 120 research articles on obesity, breast cancer and epigenetics which culminated in a review article published in Oncogene in February, 2024.

A New Screening Tool Saving Lives: Metamor Team Developing Tool to Catch Cancer Earlier

A new partnership between Pennington's Dr. Albaugh and LSU School Health New Orleans' Dr. Amelia Jernigan has already saved women’s lives in southeast Louisiana utilizing a new screening tool. Learn more.  

How Louisiana Cancer Patients Navigate The ‘Hidden’ Costs of Participating in Clinical Trials 

PBS News Hour interviewed Dr. Joe Ramos, Director of the LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center, on how clinical trials should be affordable and accessible for all. Read more

Cancer Moonshot Initiatives at LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center

Making progressin cancer research is acollective effort. The US and Louisiana are home to some of the brightest minds in cancer research, and we have thepower to makesignificant strides inpreventing cancer, diagnosing it early, and providing the best possible care for patients.