Ochsner Receives NIH Funding for Cardiothoracic Surgery Research

NEW ORLEANS – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) a $1.3 million shared grant for cardiothoracic surgery research. The grant, which will be used over a five-year period, establishes Ochsner as an affiliate linked clinical research center, which will work to conduct collaborative randomized control trials with another site as part of the larger Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN).

This grant marks the first time Ochsner’s cardiothoracic surgery team, based in New Orleans has participated in a NIH-sponsored clinical trial and focuses on work with CTSN – a network of North American hospitals that work together to conduct collaborative clinical trials aimed at finding solutions for important cardiac issues impacting public health. CTSN was formed in 2007 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in collaboration with National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). The CTSN Data Coordinating Center is housed at the International Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

“Ochsner relentlessly seeks innovative solutions for our cardiac patients. Establishing linked research centers across the country expands our access to trials geared toward improving overall cardiovascular health,” said Patrick E. Parrino, MD, FACS, Chief, Section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Ochsner Health System. “Working hand in hand with Cleveland Clinic and the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network is just one more way we are creating new opportunities for our patients.”

Only four pairs of hospitals were selected to receive funding from the NIH for this initiative. Each pair consists of a core site with an affiliate site, forming a linked clinical research center tasked with conducting collaborative randomized controlled trials, while fostering talent at the affiliate sites. Hospitals selected included:

    • Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH) and Ochsner Health System (New Orleans, LA)
    • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) and St. Vincent Infirmary (Little Rock, AK)
    • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) and Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute (Kansas City, KA)
    • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) and West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

This project was funded by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2UM1HL088955-11), part of the National Institutes of Health. It is being conducted in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic Cardiothoracic Collaborative Clinical Center. Alan Marc Gillinov, MD is the principal investigator at the primary site (Cleveland Clinic) and Patrick E. Parrino, MD is the principal investigator at the linked affiliate site (Ochsner Health System).

For more information about CTSN, visit www.ctsurgerynet.org. For more information about cardiothoracic surgery at Ochsner, visit www.ochsner.org.

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