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Telomere Research Network

drawing of the endcaps of human chromosome


In September 2019, NIA and NIEHS launched the Telomere Research Network (TRN), tasked with establishing best practices for the measurement of telomere length (TL) in population-based studies, and defining the extent to which TL can be effectively applied as a sentinel of aging-related disease risk and an indicator of environmental and psychosocial stress exposure across the life span. The TRN will promote best practices for TL measurement; develop integrated networks of scientists invested in studies of early risk and later health that can most effectively shape the next generation of telomere research; and ensure continued dialogue across basic, clinical, and translational research. Dr. Drury is the P.I. of the network, which involves collaborators from across the globe.


Express Yourself Human Milk Collaborative

mom with infant on chest


Express Yourself is a multi-state quality improvement collaborative which aims to improve breastfeeding rates amount hospitalized very low birthweight (VLBW)  infants, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding.  Mother's breast milk has tremendous health benefits for VLBW infants and can offset the adverse health outcomes of prematurity, which disproportionately affect underrepresented minority populations. This project engages multidisciplinary teams at neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) that care for mothers and their VLBW infants. The collaborative consists of state-wide partnerships in New Orleans, Mississippi, and Massachusetts. The project was started in 2019 and is funded by a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant.


The Lullaby Project

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The Tulane Lullaby Project looks at the effect of music therapy on newborn babies, including preterm infants and newborns with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS). Babies with NOWS can be fussy, irritable and have difficulty feeding. Preterm infants can also have complications, and underdeveloped nervous systems. Music therapy may help calm these infants and help their neurodevelopment. Pediatrician Dr. Meghan Howell is heading this project. The project began in August 2017 and is recruiting infants and parents from New Orleans area hospitals.

COVID-19 Moms and Infants Study

baby 'Cort' in bouncy chair


If you are over 18 and are pregnant or have a newborn infant, we invite you to be part of our study about mothers and their babies. This study will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic influences maternal stress. Through your participation we hope to better understand how mothers help their children grow and develop and that our research will lead to better support for pregnant women and their families.

To find out more, or join our study, check out the frequently asked questions or call Dr. Stacy Drury at 504-656-6449 or Study participants are compensated for their time and travel.    Infant Development Study

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Scientific Research Center Suriname: MeKi Tamara:

MeKi Tamara


The MeKi Tamara study is a collaboration between the Research Center of the Academic Hospital Paramaribo, Tulane Universiy, New Orleans, and the Anton de Kom University, Suriname supported by the Caribbean Public Health Agency. MeKi Tamara is a Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health and one of seven GeoHealthHubs funded by the United States National Institute of Health, Fogarty International Center. The overall goal of this project is to assess the impact of neurotoxicant exposures on maternal and child health in was that are culturally appropriate to the unique aspects of populations in Suriname.

Bucharest Early Intervention Project:



The Bucharest Early Intervention Project is a joint collaboration between researchers at Tulane University, University of Maryland, and Boston Children's Hospital. The study began in the 2000 and continues to examine the effects of early institutionalization on brain and behavior development and examine the impact of high quality foster care as an intervention for children who have been placed in institutions. To date we have found positive effects of foster care on physical growth, social and emotional function, and cognitive function, providing even more evidence that parents matter in children's development.

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