Cancer cells turn to cannibalism to survive chemotherapy
- Sep 18, 2019
Researchers from Tulane University School of Medicine have discovered that some cancer cells survive chemotherapy by eating their neighboring tumor cells. The study, which was published in the Journal of Cell Biology, suggests that this act of cannibalism provides these cancer cells with the energy they need to stay alive and initiate tumor relapse after the course of treatment is completed.
Chemotherapy drugs such as doxorubicin kill cancer...
Tulane University student spends summer conducting brain tumor research in Switzerland
- Sep 17, 2019
Tulane University senior James Rogers has been charting a course in the name of research since he arrived on campus in the fall of 2016. Rogers’ journey has led him from New Orleans to Bethesda, Md., across the Atlantic to Scotland and, most recently, Switzerland, where he spent the summer as a visiting research scholar in the Brain Tumor Center at the University Hospital Zürich (USZ).
Rogers’ clinical research focused on the role of...
Tulane Cancer Center to Host Free Prostate Cancer Seminar
- Sep 12, 2019
Dr. Oliver Sartor will provide a Prostate Cancer Seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, 1700 Tulane Ave. (corner of Tulane and S. Claiborne). Light refreshments will be served, and complimentary parking is available in the building’s garage, accessible from S. Derbigny St.
Dr. Sartor, one of the few medical oncologists in the world focused on prostate cancer and...
School of Medicine alumnus wins prestigious Lasker Award for immunology research
- Sep 11, 2019
Pioneering immunology researcher Max Cooper,MD, a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, has been named a co-recipient of the 2019 Lasker medical research award, one of the highest biomedical research honors in America.
Cooper, a professor at Emory University, and Jacques Miller, PhD from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for their discovery of the two...
Advanced technology, research contribute to Tulane Professional Athlete Care Team’s championship year
- Sep 09, 2019
The New England Patriots weren't the only team to have a championship season last year. The Tulane University Professional Athlete Care Team (PACT) had its most successful year in 2018-19, as well, completing over 600 patient screenings, including a record 139 former players at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
Tulane University School of Medicine began providing medical services to former professional athletes in 2013. Two years later, a partnership...
Leaving a legacy
- Aug 27, 2019
During his long career at Tulane University School of Medicine, Dean Baker Ellithorpe, MD (M ’62, I ’63, R ’68, F ’71), became known for his passion for helping patients with cystic fibrosis. He included Tulane School of Medicine in his estate plans by creating a professorship to ensure his mission lives on.
Ross Klingsberg, MD (A&S ’88, M ’02, F ’08), an associate professor at the School of Medicine, is the inaugural Dean Baker Ellithorpe,...
Keck Foundation awards Tulane University $1 million to study why women have stronger immune systems than men
- Aug 27, 2019
Do women have an extra line of defense in their immune systems that gives them an advantage over men in fighting infections?
That’s one of the questions Tulane University researchers hope to answer using a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to study how sex differences shape disparate immune responses in men and women. The goal is to learn more about how immune systems evolved differently in the two sexes and to use this information...
LCME accredits School of Medicine for full eight-year period
- Aug 16, 2019
In June, Tulane School of Medicine received a full eight-year accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the maximum time frame that LCME allows.
The accreditation caps off two years of gathering data, input and insights from current medical students, recent alumni, and faculty and staff. N. Kevin Krane, MD (M ’77), vice dean for academic affairs and professor of medicine, oversaw the process along with Accreditation...
Researchers awarded $2.3 million for virus-related malignancies research
- Aug 14, 2019
For decades the central tenet of molecular biology has been that DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) transfers genetic information to RNA (ribonucleic acid) which provides the instructions for the production of proteins. Over time, though, scientists have learned that the cell utilizes a vast array of “non-coding RNAs” that are not involved in protein synthesis but instead carry out biochemical reactions and play direct and complex regulatory roles in...
Ten students join first allied health program at School of Medicine
- Aug 14, 2019
In January, 10 students will begin training in the first cohort of Tulane School of Medicine’s first allied health program, the master’s degree as a pathologists’ assistant (PA). The program is one of 13 such programs in the United States and the only one in the Gulf South.
A pathologists’ assistant — not to be confused with a physician assistant — is a highly trained allied health professional with two years of dedicated study in anatomic...
Tulane launches new Clinical Neuroscience Research Center
- Aug 07, 2019
Tulane University School of Medicine has opened the Clinical Neuroscience Research Center (CNRC), a new center aimed at improving care for patients with neurological diseases.
“Our mission is to discover, test and implement new therapies for neurologic conditions with a primary focus on stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injury,” said Gregory Bix, MD, PhD, CNRC director.
Bix is the newly appointed vice chair of clinical and translational...
Academic Year in Review reveals ‘The Power of Tulane’
- Jul 29, 2019
In the Academic Year in Review, Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts presents the university’s most extraordinary achievements of the 2018–19 academic year. The theme, “The Power of Tulane,” serves to highlight the people and programs that take on global challenges while also serving the local community.
The academic year’s accomplishments include:
Microbiologist Lisa Morici and immunologist James McLachlan’s $8.5 million NIH-funded...
Pincus Family Foundation partners with Tulane University to launch violence prevention scholarship program
- Jul 17, 2019
The Pincus Family Foundation has awarded a $550,000 grant to Tulane University to create a new, interdisciplinary program that will train future leaders in community-focused violence prevention in New Orleans.
The Pincus Family Foundation Violence Prevention Scholarship at Tulane University will bring faculty from the Tulane Violence Prevention Institute (VPI) and its network of community partners together to launch a two-year graduate training...
Tulane University names leading developer of advanced biomedical diagnostics newest Presidential Chair
- Jul 16, 2019
Tulane University has named research scientist Tony Hu, PhD, a pioneer in developing advanced diagnostics for personalized medicine, as its second endowed presidential chair.
To fill presidential chairs, Tulane recruits exceptional, internationally recognized scholars whose work transcends traditional academic disciplines.
Hu joins Tulane University School of Medicine as the Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Biotechnology...