Meet the Sponsors
Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science
The Center for Biomedical Engineering Research and Rehabilitation Science at Louisiana Tech University (CBERS), identified as a Center of Excellence at Louisiana Tech University by the Louisiana State Legislature and the University of Louisiana System, develops and promotes basic and translational biomedical research, intellectual property, strong ties with biotechnology and medical industry, and strengthens the educational experience and potential of engineering and science students in biosciences. The Center is actively engaged in all major fields of biomedical research. CBERS faculty are internationally acclaimed for the interdisciplinary biomedical research they conduct in the broad fields of Neural Engineering and Neuroscience, BioMEMS and Nanobiotechnology. Research laboratories to further support and enhance these efforts have been built in the thrust areas of biosignal and bioimage acquisition and processing, computer modeling and neural networks, biosensors, drug delivery, cell culture and tissue engineering, cancer detection, stem cells and gene technology. The Center promotes faculty’s entrepreneurial activities and has established and continues to pursue research partnerships with academic institutions, medical centers and industry regionally, nationally and internationally.
CBERS provides unique opportunities for faculty and students throughout the university to participate in a multitude of educational and research outreach activities and programs the Center organizes. The Center is housed in the 50,000 sqft Biomedical Engineering Building (BMEB). The building encompasses staff and administrative offices, lecture halls and teaching laboratories, core and individual faculty research laboratories with a wide range of state-of-the-art and clinical-grade equipment. A 5,500 sqft of electronically controlled access space at BMEB is dedicated to first class animal research facilities with two surgical suites, animal housing, autoclave and storage rooms, as well as tissue and bacterial culture biological safety II laboratories.
Learn more about the Center at http://coes.latech.edu/cbers/.
Louisiana Tech University
The Louisiana Tech University (LA Tech) was founded in 1894 and is located at Ruston, in North Central Louisiana. LA Tech is a Tier One National University, offers doctoral programs in nine areas, and is classified as a “Research University with High Activity” (RU/H) by the Carnegie Foundation and a “Doctoral II” institution by the Louisiana Board of Regents. LA Tech is #1 in the nation in least average amount of student debt at graduation - Public National Universities (US News & World Report 2016 Best Colleges Report) and #1 in the State of Louisiana and #13 nationally for overall return on investment (ROI) for graduates (PayScale.com 2015 College ROI Report). It is cited in Wall Street Journal (3/2/15) as #5 in list of nation’s Best Public Universities for Return on Investment (for all majors, based on projected earnings over 20 years.) It is in the top 15 in the nation among U.S. institutions for number of U.S. patents issued per research dollar and number of start-up companies formed per research dollar according to AUTM, top 10 in the nation among U.S. institutions for Reports of Invention (ROI) per research dollar, and top 10 in the nation for technology commercialization. Louisiana Tech is one of the six research institutions that form the backbone of the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), a $50M investment in the State’s IT infrastructure. Micro and nanotechnology research, education, and commercialization at LA Tech have gained national attention. Small Times, the most widely-read trade publication serving the micro/nano industry, has ranked Louisiana Tech among the top 10 academic institutions for micro/nanotechnology every year since 2006.
The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program at Louisiana Tech was established in 1972. It was one of the earliest accredited BME programs by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). It was also one of the first in the country to award a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. The program, which emphasizes a balance between theory and practical application, has played a continuous leadership role in defining the field. It offers degrees through B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. and a joint M.D./Ph.D. program with Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport. The BME program in Louisiana Tech is the only such program at a public university in the State of Louisiana and the surrounding regions including Northeast Texas, Southern Arkansas and Mississippi. Outstanding students from around the world come to Louisiana Tech for undergraduate or graduate study in Biomedical engineering. Undergraduate enrolment is 145 students and the graduate enrolment is approximately 70, including 31 PhD students. The program is large enough to provide the students with a strong academic degree and small enough to give them the individual attention that they deserve. Immediately after their Bachelor’s degree, approximately 50% of our students pursue their careers in a variety of industries, approximately 30% attend graduate school and approximately 20% enter medical school.
Learn more about Louisiana Tech University at www.latech.edu.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) is home to the School of Medicine, School of Graduate
Studies and School of Allied Health Professions. More than 800 students are enrolled
in the degree programs at any one time. Additionally, nearly 600 residents and fellows
are trained each year. A select number of academic programs earn designation as a
Center of Excellence by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Centers of Excellence must
demonstrate statewide leadership in their area of designation and be a hallmark for
the institution. The selected centers share a strong performance record, concentration
on an area relevant to the state’s needs, a range of academic, training and research
opportunities, engagement with the greater community, and a focus on issues and opportunities
that improve the quality of life of Louisiana citizens. Three LSU Health Shreveport
centers have earned this distinction: Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Center of Excellence
for Arthritis and Rheumatology, and the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences
At the heart of it all is a strong faculty that includes a number of nationally and internationally-acclaimed physicians and scientists. More than 600-strong, they lead our research efforts, educate our students and provide primary and specialty care to patients throughout the region. Patient care and training take place at four partner hospitals: University Health, Willis-Knighton, Shriners Children's Hospital, and the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Students and residents also rotate through rural hospitals and clinics in the region. University Health operates our teaching hospitals and clinics in Shreveport and Monroe, which include the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center and the Feist-Weiller Cancer. Educational partnerships include an MD/PhD program with Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, a Master of Public Health program with LSU Shreveport and joint Respiratory Therapy program with Bossier Parish Community College and two community colleges.
Learn more about the LSU Health Sciences Center at http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/about.
Biomedical Research Foundation
The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana (BRF) was created in 1986 to diversify the region's economy following the collapse of the oil industry. The BRF currently manages an operating budget of over $500 million and advances seven business units including: University Health Hospital System, InterTech Science Park, Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program/New Louisiana Angel Fund 1, Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy, Digital Media Institute at InterTech, Office for Research Development and Administration, and Science and Technology Education Programs.
BRF's mission is to promote and develop a knowledge-based economy in northwest Louisiana. The BRF strives to generate public support and collaboration in technology-based economic development strategies, to provide infrastructure and resources to new and/or growing companies, and to support research at LSU Health Shreveport and the institutions of higher education in the region that may lead to marketable discoveries. In addition, the BRF promotes the development of the region's future creative workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by raising private and public funds and assisting with project development for K-12 programs.
Learn more about BRF at www.biomed.org/home