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VA RESEARCH QUARTERLY UPDATE
This Issue: Ensuring High-Quality Care | Table of Contents: Fall 2016 | Download this issue

New Initiatives

New research center opens in New Orleans


Construction is nearing completion on a research building on the new campus of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans.
Construction is nearing completion on a research building on the new campus of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans.

Construction is nearing completion on a research building on the new campus of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans.

The new New Orleans VA Medical Center, built to replace one made unusable during Hurricane Katrina, opened Nov. 18, 2016.

Among the features of the new medical center is an entire building dedicated to research. Located in a building formerly used to brew Dixie beer, the 100,000 square-foot structure is designed mainly for biomedical research.

Some 15 laboratories will be located on the second and third floors of the four-story building. A small animal vivarium will be located on the fourth floor.

The building will support investigators developing non-addictive analgesics and better treatments for addictive disorders, and conducting biomedical investigations related to cancer, diabetes, PTSD, and dementia.

Researchers working in the building will also support the medical center's growing health-service research portfolio, and a small clinical-trials unit will also be housed there.


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