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New podcast focuses on COVID immunity
Be sure to subscribe to On Good Authority, a new Tulane podcast featuring cutting-edge insights from leading experts on global topics. The inaugural episode, “Is COVID-19 Immunity Possible?,” features two of Tulane’s most renowned researchers, virologist Robert F. Garry Jr., PhD, and...

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Tulane University’s Center for Brain Health ready to serve veterans in need of health care - Nov 10, 2020
Chad Hennings is a College Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl Champion. Hennings is also a military veteran of the United States Air Force, who flew 45 combat missions in an A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) during Operation Provide Comfort, which defended Kurdish civilians fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War. In both cases, Hennings was on the front lines in two of the world’s most physically and...
Tulane begins recruiting for Janssen COVID-19 vaccine study - Nov 03, 2020
Tulane University School of Medicine is a testing site for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s Phase III clinical research study of a COVID-19 vaccine known as Ad26.COV2.S. The Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate versus a placebo. Worldwide, the study will recruit approximately 60,...
Trick or treating a COVID threat? Make a scary Halloween fun - Oct 23, 2020
Kids want scary Halloween fun, not creepy COVID reminders. After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against traditional trick or treating to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities, parents and kids may be wondering how to celebrate the occasion. Is it safe to attend outdoor parties? Walk around the neighborhood in costume? Carve pumpkins with friends? Lauren Teverbaugh, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and...
In Memoriam - Oct 19, 2020
We say farewell to these Tulane School of Medicine alumni. 1950s Jerald P. Hough, MD (M ’50) Gerald F. Sandler, MD (M ’50) Dabney M. Ewin Sr., MD (M ’51) Lawrence S. McGee Jr., MD (A&S ’48, M ’51) John P. McNulty, MD (M ’51) James W. Sewell, MD (M ’52, R ’58) Wade W. Burnside Jr., MD (A&S ’51, M ’54) Cedric W. Lowrey, MD (M ’54, I ’55, R ’61) Kenneth McLeod Jr., MD (A&S ’51, M ’54) Edwin A. Bowman Jr., MD (M ’55, I ’56, F ’59, R ’59...
Tulane School of Medicine rises to COVID-19 challenges - Oct 18, 2020
When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States last spring, Tulane University School of Medicine was prepared to fight the virus on many different levels. From researchers in labs, to students who orchestrated PPE drives — Tulane University accepted the challenge to address the pandemic. Early on in the pandemic, the university announced that its investigators were beginning to receive grants and gifts related to COVID-19 research and...
Dean’s message: Together but apart, we can beat spread of coronavirus - Oct 18, 2020
Lee Hamm, MD, is dean of the Tulane University School of Medicine. His guest column originally ran in The Advocate on Sept. 23, 2020. Together and apart. This seemingly paradoxical combination appears to be the best means of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our city, state and on our college campuses. While remaining safe from COVID-19 requires us to stay at least 6 feet apart, confronting this global menace also calls us to come together,...
For med students, scholarship support can unlock lifelong dreams - Oct 18, 2020
Committing to medical school is always a choice rooted in selfless compassion for helping others. Making that decision amidst a global pandemic elevates that selflessness to an inspiring level. And the individuals who make up Tulane University School of Medicine’s Class of 2024 are just as inspiring as their choice might suggest. Out of a pool of nearly 13,000 hopeful applicants, the School of Medicine selected just 190 students for the Class of...
Combined MD/MPH degree program looks ahead to 50th anniversary - Oct 18, 2020
Tulane University’s prestigious MD/MPH combined degree program will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, and the program has only grown in popularity and renown throughout the years. The program is open to students who have been accepted to Tulane School of Medicine and wish to pursue both an MD from Tulane and an MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the program since...
Physician rallies support for ‘Green Wave Heroes’ - Oct 18, 2020
Sometimes even heroes need a hand. When Kendra Harris, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, saw the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to hit New Orleans, she knew that the Tulane University School of Medicine community would give their all to combat the virus. And she wanted to find a way to get them the support they needed as they did so. Harris, under the leadership of School of Medicine Dean Lee Hamm, partnered with university...
Tulane School of Medicine Class Notes Fall 2020 - Oct 16, 2020
Update us with your latest news by emailing mednotes@tulane.edu. 1970s Christy A. Montegut, MD (M ’77), reached a milestone of 40 years in private practice in family medicine in her hometown of Laplace, Louisiana, in July 2020. She was also re-elected without opposition to her ninth term as parish coroner in St. John the Baptist Parish and has served 32 years as coroner. Thomas C. Kelly, MD (M ’78), recently joined Mercy Clinic General Surgery...
Distinguished ophthalmologist returns to Tulane School of Medicine - Oct 13, 2020
An outstanding physician in the field of eye health will soon return to Tulane University School of Medicine. David Hinkle, MD, will be named the Oliver and Carroll Dabezies Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, a new position established by a generous gift from Elizabeth Dabezies Goodyear and Charles W. Goodyear. Hinkle comes back to Tulane from West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he served as an associate professor. He attended...
Neurology chair dedicated to dementia prevention and brain health - Oct 07, 2020
More than 5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s. While deaths from heart disease and cancer have been declining due to treatment advances, deaths from Alzheimer's have grown significantly in the last two decades as more people live longer. The costs are staggering. Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $305 billion this year — and more than triple by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This isn’t inevitable...
Tulane child psychiatrist named Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar - Oct 05, 2020
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has selected Tulane University School of Medicine pediatrician and child psychiatrist Dr. Lauren Teverbaugh as a Clinical Scholars Fellow. The national leadership program connects changemakers across the country to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities. Fellows collaborate on a project to address complex health problems. Teverbaugh is a part of EmPOWER NOLA,...
Tulane’s COVID-19 Dashboard expanded - Oct 05, 2020
Updates have been added to Tulane’s COVID-19 Dashboard which was launched on Sept. 4 to keep the university community informed about testing results. In addition to the number of tests conducted, the number of positive results, active cases and overall positivity rate, the dashboard now breaks down the cumulative numbers of positive results among students by undergraduates living on-campus, undergraduates living off-campus and graduate students...
What we know about COVID-19 immunity - Sep 25, 2020
Are people likely to catch COVID-19 twice? How long can immunity last? Why do some survivors develop antibodies from SARS-CoV-2 while others seemingly don’t?  These are just some of the questions scientists are still working to answer almost seven months into the global COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Robert Garry, a virologist at Tulane School of Medicine, said antibodies should likely protect survivors for several months. “Hopefully it will be longer...