Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) was established in September 2001 with Biomedical Research Infrastructure Networks (BRIN) funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Grant P20RR016456, the LBRN is committed to raising the research competitiveness of Louisiana researchers. IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is the second phase of the BRIN Program when LBRN initially started. Currently, LBRN is in the third phase with continued funding by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Grant P20GM103424 and the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund. The main goals of the LBRN are:
- Maintain and expand the previously established state-wide infrastructure and intellectual research network supporting interdisciplinary biomedical research.
- Expand and improve the critical mass of biomedical investigators at primary PUI campuses through the support of mentored research, and enhanced communication.
- Increase student interest in biomedical research careers throughout Louisiana by providing summer research opportunities to all institutions within the State.
- Evaluate, assess and continuously monitor the progress within LBRN through detailed tracking of research accomplishments, the development of human resources, and productive collaborations among participating institutions.
The LBRN has established an extensive network of 27 institutions across the state of Louisana by either supporting biomedical research in these institutions or by providing research opportunities to faculty and students at mentor campuses. LSU is the flagship institution for the LBRN. Out of the 27 institutions 7 institutions namely, LSU-Shreveport, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, La Tech University at Ruston and Grambling State University, Southern University of Baton Rouge, Southeastern Louisiana University and Xavier University of Louisiana are identified in the current phase as Primarily Undergraduate Institution. 6 other institutions namely LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport (LSUHSC-S), Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC), Tulane Medical Center.
Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) and Tulane University are recognized as mentor campuses along with LSU Baton Rouge which is also the flagship campus.