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The chief specific aims of the Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology to achieve its long-term goal are:
i. To support the research programs of present junior faculty Principal Investigators by providing mentoring and structure, arranging and fostering collaborative research interactions, and utilizing state-of-the-art technologies to advance attainment of research independence.
ii. To use the Center as the means to develop virology and molecular biomedical sciences at LSUHSC so that faculty investigators are competitive for additional NIH funding, including applications for a Program Project Grant, an NIH Training Grant, and funding from other national granting agencies.
iii. To foster interdisciplinary research among Center members and LSUHSC faculty investigators working in several areas of research emphasis. Examples include:
1. the CMTV's expansion in tumor virology contributes to the development of our Feist-Weiller Cancer Center;
2. CMTV members interface with members of the Division of Infectious Diseases, which has clinical research programs in viral diseases, especially HIV-1 and drug development for hepatitis C;
3. ongoing collaborations of CMTV scientists and researchers in the NIH Program Project Grant in cardiovascular diseases expand our understanding of the role of inflammation in several disease processes;
4. interaction of CMTV members with members of the Center for Arthritis and Rheumatology supports a variety of research projects in inflammatory diseases;
5. joint projects with investigators in CMTV and the Gene Therapy Program aids in the development of recombinant viruses for basic and clinical studies.
iv. To offer a platform for the training of junior level faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students who will become the biomedical scientists of the future and will contribute to efforts to control and prevent viral disease of humans, animals, and plants.
The project described was supported by NIH Grant Number
P20RR018724 from the National Center for Research Resources.