School of Medicine


About the Centers of Excellence


The Louisiana State University Board of Regents established the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans Centers of Excellence.


The Centers of Excellence consist of the following centers:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence (ADACE)

The mission of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence (ADACE) is to enhance the research capabilities of scientists, stimulate interdisciplinary collaborative research efforts, and strengthen educational activities in the biomedical aspects of alcohol and substance abuse through the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). The current goal of the ADACE is to expand research expertise and projects to other drugs of abuse (i.e., opiates, cannabis) and focus on the neurobiology of addiction and co-morbid disorders. In addition, ADACE encourages the dissemination of pertinent information by coordinating teaching, retreats, and seminars related to drug and alcohol science, research, and interventions. For additional information click here.


Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

The goal of the Cardiovascular Center is to improve the understanding and management of cardiovascular diseases by developing a multidisciplinary approach that integrates close, collaborative efforts among programs in basic and clinical research, clinical management, prevention, and epidemiologic and genetic studies.


Neuroscience Center of Excellence

The mission of the Center is to contribute to the creation of an environment of high standards, where investigations on the nervous system and the diseases that affect it are conducted. To this end, the identification and recruitment of outstanding faculty to build a critical mass of expertise is already a tangible asset.


Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center of Excellence

The mission of the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center is to promote education and conduct research in the diagnosis, detection and treatment of cancer, while pursuing a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation.The Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center (SSSCC) is a multidisciplinary organization whose researchers and clinicians apply a range of expertise to cancer research, education, and patient care. Our investigators are dedicated to furthering research on the pathogenesis, prevention, treatment, and eventual eradication of cancer.


LSUHSC-NO Research Centers and Institutes


Center for Molecular and Human Genetics

Augment the contribution of genetics to clinical medicine and biotechnology, clinical genetic services, training and education in genetics augment the contribution of genetics to clinical medicine and biotechnology, and more.


Epilepsy Center

The Epilepsy Center is dedicated to pediatric and adult education, advanced medical care, and to developing treatments that will eventually cure epilepsy and seizures for the nearly 4% of the population affected by seizures or epilepsy. The Center provides state of the art epilepsy research in pharmacology, neuroelectrophysiology, neuroimaging, neurosurgery, biomedical engineering and public health. The Center also supports the oldest continuously operating quarternary epilepsy program in Louisiana and the central Gulf south (est.1990) providing epilepsy monitoring, advanced medications, vagus nerve stimulator implantation, epilepsy surgery and gamma knife surgery. In Louisiana, all citizens that continue to have seizures despite routine medications should be referred to the Center's clinical epilepsy team for further evaluation.


Ernest N. Morial Asthma, Allergy, and Respiratory Disease Center

A center dedicated to patient education, advanced patient care, and to finding the answers that will eventually cure asthma.


Eye Center

The Eye Center faculty is known for pioneering work in laser vision correction, cataract and other refractive surgeries, viral and bacterial eye disease, corneal transplantation and cornea preservation, confocal microscopy, glaucoma, wound healing, drug delivery, contact lenses, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and other retinal diseases and degeneration.


The Louisiana Vaccine Center

The Louisiana Vaccine Center focuses interdisciplinary strengths in the basic and translational science of microbial pathogenesis, immunity and vaccine research to foster development of novel vaccines and therapies against infectious disease. The Center encompasses LSUHSC-New Orleans, Tulane HSC, and Xavier University of Louisiana, and is directed towards building a tower of strength, with education, research and development infrastructure to support growth and the commercialization of new discoveries. The Center has developed and consolidated excellent facilities and support services designed to aid the flow of vaccine-related research from discovery through pre-clinical testing and analysis. Center-driven education programs in infectious disease and vaccines span training opportunities for high school students, undergraduates and graduate fellows, and include entrepreneurial fellowships developed in partnership with the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. The Center thus fosters education in infectious disease and vaccines, promotes research collaborations between partner institutions, strengthens our capacity to compete for large-scale research and development grants and contracts, provides a focus for recruitment and retention of established researchers and junior scientists, and facilitates research commercialization and new local biotechnology ventures.