February 18, 1994
Biomedical Research Institute Formally Dedicated
The ten-story, 160,000 square foot Biomedical Research Institute, adjacent to the LSU Medical Center, was financed through a $48 million public-private partnership. Eight floors of the new facility housed core research laboratories, with a PET imaging center and cyclotron on the ground floor. Three main areas of research concentration were cardiovascular diseases, neurobiology, and molecular biology. The project’s most active supporter was Virginia K. Shehee, president of the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana. Keynote speaker for the dedication was U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., who spearheaded the federal funding efforts. A rededication ceremony on October 23, 1996 celebrated the Institute’s new name - Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Institute.